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The Sarasota Earth Day Celebration
at Oscar Scherer State Park
April 22, 2017
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Directions: From Sarasota follow Rt. 41 south to Osprey to the park, which is on the east side of the road.
Here's a look at Sarasota Earth Day Festivities at Oscar Scherer State Park along with some "special guests" that have made appearances at recent years' events.
The annual Sarasota Earth Day Celebrations is traditionally held at Oscar Scherer State Park, in Osprey (Sarasota County), usually under clear and bright Florida sunshine-filled skies with mild temperatures.
It’s free admission for all into this popular State Park for Earth Day celebration events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
By the way, the first Earth Day occurred in 1970 and was started by the Ecology movement in the U.S.
It’s a day full of planned, fun family-oriented activities including: live music, food vendors, tram tours, kayaking, earth friendly vendors, and craft booths, demonstrations, native plants for sale, a photo exhibit featuring local photographers as well as lots of activities for kids including a coloring contest and a puppet show! (Various events may change from year-to-year.)
Get your hands dirty and join in the planting of over 5,000 native plants along a restored wetland 10 a.m. to noon. Free lunch and park pass to all those that volunteer to plant.
There’s much to see, do and celebrate at the free Earth Day events at Oscar Scherer State Park and it’s up to you whether or not to participate in any events.
Animals that have been on display in recent years have included a Red-Tail Hawk, an American Bald Eagle named "Thunder," several varieties of owls, snakes and even a big cat.
The animals on display are accompanied by their owners, who are extremely knowledgeable about them. It’s a great chance to get up close and personal with a few of them and ask some questions about their "pets."
There is much that can be learned about nature, the environment and the wild animals that live in and around the park, on Earth Day at Oscar Scherer Park.
It really is a beautiful, natural setting for an observance such as this and the State Park personnel and vendors all do their best to make everyone feel welcome.
The park is over 1,380 acres in size, with 15 miles of nature walks and a 3 acre fresh-water lake, Lake Osprey, where you can rent canoes and kayaks as well. And there's a playground for the kids.
As you drive into the park make sure that when you stop at the ranger booth that you get a list of the day's schedule and activities, if they have one available (they usually do.).
Bring your picnic basket, sunscreen and walking shoes!
North Port Friends of Wildlife will sponsor a presentation by Angeline Scotten from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) April 25 at 6pm at the North Port Library, address 13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port. She will discuss problematic species such as the coyote and python.
For coyotes, we’ll learn of their status in Florida, biology, conflicts, management and how to coexist with them. For pythons, we’ll learn of their basic biology and introduction into Florida, what FWC and partners are doing regarding prevention and education/outreach.
Angeline Scotten is a fifth generation Floridian, born and raised in Jupiter. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors of Science degree in wildlife & fisheries science (concentrating in wildlife management) and her minor was in forestry. After spending several years doing field work in various states in the southeast, she settled back in Florida with her current position. She has been with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission since 2012 as a wildlife biologist concentrating on nuisance wildlife issues in south Florida.
Hope to see you then!
North Port Friends of Wildlife