Celebrate Earth Day The Palm Beaches Way

April 15, 2021

Commemorate Earth Day while getting fresh air and supporting the local community.

Here is a list of things you can do to show appreciation, enjoy the wonders of nature and help safeguard The Palm Beaches’ natural resources for years to come.

While visiting area attractions, make sure to adhere to Palm Beach County’s safety guidelines, including wearing a face covering and keeping physical distance from other parties.

Get Inspired to Greenify Your Space

Whether you have a side table with a little extra room for a plant, a small balcony, petite patio or large backyard, there’s a way for you to boost the fresh air and greenspace around you. Plan to shop at local garden stores and mom-and-pop landscaping nurseries, such as The Garden Shoppe, located at Rosemary Square.

Multiple area gardens have resources to help you learn best practices and discover what grows best in the Southeast Florida climate. Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, and Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens are just a few that you can visit to inspire you to achieve your gardening goals or simply spend some time appreciating nature.

Greenify Your Space
Photo courtesy of Jacek Photo

Mounts Botanical Garden hosts regular workshops and garden tours for children and adults, including a few special events on Earth Day (Thursday, April 22). Children will love the opportunity to make their own nature wand or a fold-out book of insects, while adults can sign up for a tour of Florida native plants with a horticulturalist. Learn more at the garden’s events page.

A visit to Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens offers sanctuary for reflection, inspiration and peace. This Earth Day, the garden continues to offer access to its “Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day” virtual programs. In 2020, they partnered with environmental organizations across The Palm Beaches to virtually unite nature lovers across the county through virtual lessons, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Buy from Local Farmers

Supporting local agriculture not only helps you incorporate garden-fresh items into daily meals, but also stimulates the economy and helps ensure restaurants and grocers receive the freshest produce possible. With local farmers growing radishes, sugarcane, lettuce, cauliflower and more, it’s possible to get items straight from the source. Local farms such as Swank Specialty Produce and You Farm host regular markets featuring their own produce and hosting other local vendors. They also offer memberships for buying their produce directly. Holman’s Harvest is another local farm offering local veggie boxes and events, while Celis Produce continues to offer its fresh produce delivery service. Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market is a local market with fresh produce available. 

Swank Specialty Produce
Photos courtesy of Swank Specialty Produce

Some of The Palm Beaches’ cities and towns also offer regular farmers markets where you can purchase local produce as well as artisan goods. Options include: the Delray Beach Green Market on Saturdays, Jupiter’s J-Town Farmers Market on Sundays, The Gardens 2 Go Market on Sundays in Palm Beach Gardens, the Royal Palm Beach Green Market on Saturdays, Wellington’s Twilight Green Market on Wednesdays and the West Palm Beach GreenMarket on Saturdays. Double check each market’s website to confirm hours and seasonality.

Produce at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket
West Palm Beach GreenMarket

Visit Local Animal Sanctuaries

Spend some time observing the many wild animals living in The Palm Beaches. See Native Florida wildlife at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, meet the sea turtle patients at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and learn about the animal conservation efforts at Lion Country Safari, the Palm Beach Zoo and Sandoway Discovery Center. While these attractions have all reopened in some capacity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still support their efforts from afar by engaging with them on social media, checking out virtual exhibits, leaving reviews, giving monetary donations and signing up for memberships.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Photo courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Get Outdoors

Grab your bike, paddle or tennis shoes and get out in the fresh air to explore The Palm Beaches’ many green spaces. Spring is in the air, and blue jay and butterfly sightings can be common. Just a few minutes outside can make a big difference in your mood, concentration, creativity and overall health – whether you’re new to outdoor explorations or a seasoned adventurer. Many park facilities have bikes, kayaks, canoes or paddleboards available for rental as well.

In honor of Earth Day, Visit Palm Beach will be hosting a Lake Worth Lagoon cleanup event at Snook Islands Natural Area Thursday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants can walk or paddle (bring your own kayak or rent one at a discounted rate). Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. Interested participants are invited to reserve their spot/kayak now via Visit Palm Beach’s website.

Sailing the Water
Photo courtesy of Visit Palm Beach

Other Ideas for Earth Day (and Every Day) 

- Dispose of your trash properly. If trash bins aren’t immediately accessible, consider keeping a plastic bag in your car and take the item back home with you to throw away property. This includes gloves and masks.

- Don’t feed wildlife. Though it can be tempting, please don’t feed wildlife especially wildlife that you are spotting or encountering during your time outdoors. Feeding them can disrupt their natural behavior and change eating and social habits with people.

- Minimize use of disposable products, especially when at home. Use washable cups, plates and dishes whenever possible. Also consider ditching single-use plastic water bottles for more sustainable bottles.

- Several local communities and businesses are hosting smaller events in honor of Earth Day this year. A quick online search will highlight some options near you.
 

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