How to Celebrate Earth Day in Sarasota, Florida

Looking for Earth Day activities? Sarasota, Florida has plenty of ways to celebrating and support preservation of Mother Earth. From joining a beach clean-up to planting your own vegetable garden, you can feel at one with nature this Earth Day. Here's how:

1. Oscar Scherer State Park Earth Day Celebration

Every year Oscar Scherer State Park hosts an Earth Day celebration complete with live music, food, fishing 4 kids (tackle provided), guided walks, storytelling, games, and information on environmental initiatives. It's free and goes from 10am to 5pm.

2. Great American Cleanup

The Great American Cleanup (GAC) is the largest community improvement program in America, taking place in over 20,000 communities every spring. You have to register, but the first 800 registrants get a free t-shirt. Trash bags and gloves are provided. Click here for a list of participating venues and here to register.

3. Plant a Garden

Audrey Hepburn said "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." Additionally, gardening will be one of the highest valued skills when zombies attack. Luckily, Sarasota County is home to an IFAS Extension, a satellite location of the University of Florida's expert Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. They provide classes, pamphlets, tools and resources to anyone who is interested in "building a better future." Many of these programs are provided at zero cost. Florida's temperate climate makes it a fantastic place to grow food, which will save your family money and support sustainable, environmental practices.

4. Visit a Farmers Market

The biggest farmers market in Sarasota is held in the heart of downtown every Saturday morning from 7am-1pm. You can see some of the best local produce, plants and artisans showcase their wares in beautiful downtown. If you miss this one, Phillippi Park has a market every Wednesday morning during the winter months. According to their website, the end of market seasons is April 27th.

5. Enjoy the Outdoors

The Legacy Trail, Myakka River State Park, Siesta Key and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are just a few of the beautiful offerings Sarasota has for experiencing the majesty of nature.

Asia Dekle studied media arts at Brigham Young University and runs a professional writing business from her home in Sarasota, Florida. She enjoys exploring local beaches, museums and other points of interest so readers know what's fun and unique about her home town. She also loves to sing, dance, and read.‚Äč