April 13-14 Environmental Challenge Weekend (St. Augustine) Two days of events begins with a reception on Friday at 5pm with refreshments and entertainment. This will be followed by an “Intergenerational Session“ where Environmental Lawyer Jane West, Matanzas Riverkeeper Jen Lomberk, Bill Hamilton of the Environmental Youth Council, Lisa Blizzard of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Janet Stanko of the Sierra Club will partner with students from the Nease High School Environmental Club to discuss the following topics : Environmental Legislation Update, Non-Legislative Environmental Activism, Offshore Drilling, Ocean Debris with Focus on Plastics, and Climate Change in the Modern World. Audience participation will be encouraged. Saturday, 10am-2pm, on the green grounds of the Galimore Center there will be environmental product and information vendors. Exhibits will include a Dolphin Rescue Truck from the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station and the latest hybrid vehicle from Hyundai St. Augustine. Music will be provided by Uncle Eddie and Robin, Emmett Carlisle, Fiona Chalmers, Bill & Eli Perras, and Madison Carr. There will be fun activities and games for kids, and a special “Bats” exhibit for all. The Willie Galimore Center, 399 Riberia Street, stjohnsdemocraticparty.org
April 21, 11am–3pm Earth Day at The Jacksonville Landing The Jacksonville Landing welcomes you, your friends, your family, your pets, and all others to come out and celebrate. Artisans Market, Free Kids Play Zone by Bouncer Slides And More, Kids Entertainment with Ant Divamo and Motions 2B FIT, Walking Tours by AdLib Luxury Tours & Transportation, Inc. Entertainment and Master of Ceremonies by DJ Kevin Tos with Party Solution Entertainment. While at the Earth Day Celebration, stop by the t-shirt booth to register for free prizes from a variety of Jacksonville hot spots. jacksonvillelanding.com
April 21, 10am–4pm Earth Day 2018 Celebration at Washington Oaks (St. Augustine) Learn more about the environment and enjoy the natural beauty of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Activities for the whole family will be offered, including live entertainment, prize drawings, arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of food and drink. Several environmental groups will be on hand to provide educational displays and talks. There is also a special children’s section, along with a painting wall, games, live animal displays, and a potting project. Nature programs are ongoing throughout the day, covering such topic as butterflies, Florida-friendly landscaping, dolphins, and raptors. There will also be chance drawings, food and beverages, a photo contest, and plant sales. Learn more about this and other outdoor events at washingtonoaks.org
April 21 Epic Flower & Garden Festival (St. Augustine) A popular event in Northeast Florida, the Flower and Garden Expo will delight gardeners of all ages with growers, nurseries, and artisans from around the state, offering shoppers every item to make your garden all it can be. The show features a variety of vendors bringing a wide array of horticulture including olive trees, aquatic plants, herbs, ferns, succulents, citrus, anthuriums (the ‘love flower’), bamboo, colorful flowering plants, butterfly plants, native plants, and more, plus gardening accessories and art. Save your Expo ticket for free admission to Taste of St. Augustine. St. Johns County Agricultural Center, epicbh.org
April 21 St. Johns County Earth Day Community Collection Event St. Johns County Solid Waste is hosting an Earth Day Community Collection Event from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the Hastings Library, 6195 South Main Street, for residents to safely dispose of household hazardous waste, electronics, and tires (limit 10 per household) free of charge. Items such as paint, motor oil, gasoline, fluorescent bulbs, wax, car and appliance batteries, pesticides, obsolete electronics such as monitors, modems, desk phones, and stereos, and automobile and light truck tires will be accepted. Items that will not be accepted include microwave ovens, large appliances, yard debris, household garbage, construction debris, and commercial materials. For more information, please call St. Johns County Solid Waste at 904.827.6980 or visit www.recyclestjohns.com.
April 22, 10am–4pm Earth Day Farm Celebration Eat Your Yard Jax celebrates Earth Day! Get free farm tours and workshops taught by local naturalists, farmers, and survivalists throughout the day. We will be serving a farm to table lunch right from the garden (vegetarian), and Alvarez Farms will be here to contribute some smoked meat. The lunch itself costs $7, so feel free to bring your own. The rest of the event is entirely free with a total of 4 workshops. We will let you know exact workshop topics in the near future. If you haven’t heard of or been to Eat Your Yard Jax, we are an edible plant nursery on 2.5 acres. We have 3 greenhouses, aquaponics systems, outdoor kitchen and cobb oven, and we raise rabbits and chickens. Hope to see you there! 8220 Moncrief Rd W, eatyouryardjax.com
April 22, 10am–1pm SWARM Ride! Come join the next SWARM ride for Fleet Farming Riverside as we continue to cultivate our farmlettes for the winter season. Fleet Farming is a volunteer movement turning front lawns into productive farmlettes sponsored by Public Trust Law. All you need is a bike, a helmet, closed toed shoes, preferably garden gloves, and a willingness to get your hands dirty! Free and open to the public. Kids welcome. If you don’t have a bike, you can rent one from ZenCog for $25. Please arrive a couple minutes early to complete the registration. ZenCog, 883 Stockton St., facebook.com/events/957901761023720
April 22, 11am–3pm Tally’s Beach Cleanup The Beach Cleanup was created by FSU student and local activist Nikki Méndez. Come out to St. George Island on Earth Day and help clean the neighboring beach! Volunteers will park at the St. George Island Lighthouse and meet at the Pavillion behind the lighthouse to receive supplies, beach section assignment, and thank you goodie bags. Follow our Instagram page: @tallysbeachcleanup
April 28 Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival Visit vendors, enjoy arts and crafts, explore the trails of Tree Hill and its natural history museum, and, of course, enjoy the release of 500 monarch butterflies at the end of the day! Tree Hill Nature Center, www.treehill.org
April 22, 12–6pm Full Circle Fest at Eddie Vicker Park (St. Augustine) Enjoy live music while strolling through the park and speaking with local businesses that are embracing sustainability. Sport a new Kleen Kanteen cup and fill it up with some fresh water or an ice cold brew. Bring your own vessel and shopping bag and be a part of the solution. Check out solar displays, green building ideas, Beaver Toyota Prius viewing, eco-chic clothing companies, outdoor inspired lifestyle companies, yoga, chef’s pavilion, live music, sustainable living workshops and local eateries food court. Learn more at keepersofthecoast.org.
Keepers of the Coast, a local sustainable living non-profit
organization, will host its inaugural Full Circle Fest on Sunday, April 22nd. Carpool or bike to Eddie
Vickers Park, located at 399 Riberia Street in downtown St. Augustine.
Full Circle Fest begins at 12 pm with an array of events happening throughout the day including a
series of speakers highlighting sustainable living ideas about alternative energy, gardening,
recycling, and conservation. Guests can begin the day by celebrating Earth Day outdoors with free
family fitness yoga starting at 11 am and sponsored by DRIV Fitness and The Yoga Box. Guests are
encouraged to bring their own bag and shop for unique, plastic free, eco-conscious gift items.
Enjoy culinary presentations by Rype & Readi and Plant Based Floridian under the Culinary
Pavilion. Food Truck court includes local favorites Arepa Life, Pizza Peles, and the Silver Bullet. By
bringing a refillable bottle, guests can fill up at the ‘Festie Bestie’ water station to stay hydrated.
Support conservation efforts by visiting the beer tent to purchase cold beer provided by Lagunitas,
Dog Rose Brewing, and Old Coast Ales. Guests that ride their bikes can park at the VeloFest bike
station and be entered into a raffle to win exciting prizes.