South Community Events

Earth Day Celebration at Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park is having their 17th annual Earth Day Celebration on April 14, 2012.  On this special day we will have several fun activities such as paint-your-own wall hanging, a puppet show and a sand sculpture building contest.  There will be environmental exhibits, a cookout and live music provided by local musicians.  The activities are free for the day including the entry into the park. DEP will have a limited number of free State Park One Day passes to handout to families.

Location: Bahia Honda State Park, 36850 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043   
Date and Time: Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Contact: Lisa Gordon, 305-289-7071 

Earth Day Program

Panel discussions include “Can Economic Growth and Florida Environment Coexist” and “The future of green Building in SW FL,”  followed by a tour of the FGCU Solar Fields. MC for the day is Jon Iglehart, Director of the South District of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. CEU credits (pending approval) – APA

Program Schedule:

9:00 a.m.  10:00 a.m.  Morning Panel – Economic Growth and Florida’s Environment Can Coexist
Q & A 10:00-10:20 a.m.
Break
10:30 a.m. 11: 30 a.m. – The Future of Green Building in SW Fl.
12:45 pm Tour of the Florida Gulf Coast University Solar Fields

Location: Florida Gulf Coast University, 1500 Eagle Dr, Fort Myers, FL
Date and Time: Thursday, April 19, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact: Terry Cerullo, 239-344-5674 

Earth Day Reuse and Recycling Round Up

DONATE clothing, shoes, books, household items, electronics and cell phones for reuse and recycling to Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida.
RID YOUR MEDICINE CABINET and homes of unused, unnecessary or expired prescription and over the counter medications with safe disposal by Drug Free Collier’s Operation  Medicine Cabinet.
FREE SHREDDING for residents and businesses by Goodwill Secure Shred.
BRING YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS rechargeable batteries, ink cartridges, paints, used motor oil and fluorescent bulbs for collection by Collier County Solid Waste Department.

Location: Goodwill, 3759 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL
Date and Time: Thursday, April 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Contact: Terry Cerullo, 239-344-5674
For More Information: 
See Event Flyer

Low Impact Development Workshop

Featuring Larry Coffman, President
Storm-water Services   – Next Generation LID: Low Impact Development for Southwest Florida
DEP South District Director is the Key Note Speaker at the workshop’s luncheon.
7 CM Credits (pending approval) –  APA

Location:East Port Environmental Campus,  25550 Harborview Rd, Port Charlotte,  33980
Date and Time: Friday, April 20, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
R.S.V.P. by April 13th to Roxann Read at roxann.read@charlottefl.com

Easy As One Program

Easy As One – Ordinary actions. Extraordinary results. is an environmental awareness campaign by DEP that highlights easy actions each one of us can take to make sustainable practices part of our daily lives at home, at school, at work and at play. South District Staff will talk about battery & Cell phone recycling programs.  Going “green” at lunch time.  Cleaning up after our pets and talking about water quality and the importance of keeping our rivers and estuaries clean.

Location: Pace Center  for Girls, 3760 Schoolhouse Road W., Fort Myers, FL 33916 
Date and Time: Friday, April 20
Contact: Terry Cerullo,  239-344-5647

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day with a Saturday filled with earth-friendly family fun. This free Earth Day Festival at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is an area tradition. Enjoy the kids’ carnival, family programs, environmental exhibits, food, crafts and other surprises.   DEP Staff will talk to visitors about the Green School Network and the activities involved, such as collecting plastic bags, which will be collected at the event in return families will receive a State Park pass. There will also have information on the Collier County L.I.F.E. (Learning In Florida Environment) currently in place in Collier County.  There will be DEP informational handouts and brochures.  They will also listen to attendees environmental issues if they have any.

Location: Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1450 Merrihue Dr, Naples, FL 34102
Date and Time: Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Contact: Romina Sola, 850-284-3298
More Information: http://www.conservancy.org/earthday

11th Annual Earth Day Festival

Enjoy Art, Food, Music, and Environmental Presentations!

Gaia Live! Project NatureConnect Experiences from 10:00 – 4:00 – Free Kayak Rides start at 10:30 am  -Kids’ Activities start at 11:00 AM – FOOD AVAILABLE STARTING AT 11:00 AM  and more.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will be providing families with CDs with children activities,   How to go green ideas and other DEP information.  We will ask attendees for any ideas or local issues that we might need to know about concerning the environment.  DEP will also provide free one day park passes, limited number, to people who visit our display.

Location: Koreshan State Historic Site – Estero, FL, I- 75, Exit 123, 3800 Corkscrew Road
Date and Time: Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Contact: 
Terry Cerullo, 239-344-6547

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