This Saturday, April 22, is the 48th annual Earth Day, marking the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970 and celebrating and promoting current environmental issues. Here's how to celebrate and give back to the planet this weekend.
The fabulous Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey hosts an all-day Earth Day fest with earth-friendly vendors, guided hikes, live music, a photography contest and all sorts of family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Likewise, the Crowley Museum and Nature Center is marking the occasion with a full day of outdoor activities, including pony rides, nature hikes, a campfire lunch and more. Starts at 10 a.m. See full schedule here.
Feeling like you need a little more activism in your Earth Day celebration? Head to Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota at 10:30 a.m. to take part in the international March for Science, promoting science research and evidence-based causes. This local event coincides with other marches around the country; learn more at earthday.org/marchforscience.
Eye the latest earth-friendly fashions, made and modeled by the trendsetters of the future, at the fourth annual Teen Recycled Fashion Show, starting at 1 p.m. at the downtown Bradenton library.
Local Adopt-a-Highway groups take to the roads for the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup Earth Day tradition, and Keep Manatee Beautiful has plenty of volunteer opportunities and locations.