Since 1964, the Florida Oceanographic Society on Hutchinson Island has led its mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s ecosystems through education, research, and advocacy. This Earth Day (April 22), honor our planet by joining them for a beach cleanup to keep our waters and coastlines beautiful. Just visit the society’s website to register for a specific day and time, then download the MyCoast app. Upon arrival at the site (Stuart Beach, Waveland Beach, or Jensen Beach), hop on the app and get cleaning! Students can log required volunteer hours simply by snapping photos of collected trash and uploading them to the app before properly disposing of the trash. Be sure to use a bucket (rather than a trash bag) and wear gloves for your safety. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up small items like broken pieces of plastic! Turn the page for more fun ways you can celebrate Earth Day.
Run Like the Wind
Help support Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, the nonprofit that raises funds to help the park where the state falls short, by taking part in the inaugural Earth Day 5K. During the April 17 event, participants can choose from two trail runs—the earlier time slot is ideal for more competitive, experienced runners, while walkers and families can enjoy a late-morning start. Enjoy scenes along the Kitching Creek Trail while winding through the tree-line canopies of the Loxahatchee River. Proceeds will help fund trail maintenance, educational supplies, and vol- unteer needs. Wave one begins at 7:15 a.m., and wave two will take place at 7:45 a.m.
Learning to Appreciate
Jump-start your kids’ interest in the environment with a trip to the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast April 24 for the return of EarthFest. Little ones can enjoy educational experiences through hands-on workshops, games, and a live presentation. The event will also feature sustainable businesses and organizations to showcase the Treasure Coast’s green community.