Due to public health concerns, many Earth Day activities and Audrey Peterman’s talk have been canceled, but we hope to celebrate virtually instead on April 22. The Museum will continue to monitor the evolving situation and keep the public updated regarding future events and activities. Stay tuned for more details coming soon. We apologize for the inconvenience!
Explore the wonders of life on Earth!
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with the Florida Museum virtually! The international theme for this year is Climate Action. This FREE event is presented in partnership with the University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute and will feature virtual activities.
These activities are family-friendly, FREE and fun for all ages!Save the Date on Facebook
*Updates to the schedule regarding virtual formats coming soon!*
|8-9 a.m.||Loblolly Trail||Invasive Plant Walk with UF’s IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants|
|10 a.m.-Noon||Florida Museum||Learn about early Florida native people and the environment with the Museum’s Florida Archaeology, Environmental Archaeology and South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography Collections|
|10:30-11:30 a.m.||Natural Area Teaching Labs (NATL) behind the Florida Museum||Plant walk with Lucas Majure, assistant curator of the University of Florida Herbarium|
|1-3 p.m.||UF’s Student Government Bike Repair at the Reitz Union||Bike repair clinic with Jacob Adams, UF Campus Bicycle Program Coordinator|
|2-3 p.m.||Florida Museum||“There’s App for That” talk by Sadie Mills, coordinator and environmental educator with TESI|
|2-4 p.m.||Natural Area Teaching Labs (NATL) behind the Florida Museum||Lichen and Fungi Walk with the Florida Academic Lichen and Fungi Enthusiasts League|
|8-8:30 p.m.||UF Bat Houses||Meet at the UF Bat Houses to watch the bats emerge! Learn about fieldwork techniques and collection equipment used for bats with Verity Mathis, Florida Museum mammalogy collection manager.|
Due to public health concerns, Audrey Peterman’s talk has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience!
Audrey Peterman – Award-winning conservationist
FREE Presentation: “Outdoors for All: Discovering the Extraordinary Earth in our Parks and Public Lands” followed by an audience Q&A
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Florida Museum
Peterman is an author and leader in the movement to engage more Americans of color in the enjoyment, care and protection of our national parks and public lands system. She has written several books including “Our True Nature: Finding a Zest for Life in the National Park System,” a travel guide to the national parks system, and “Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Everyone Should Care,” which she co-authored with her husband, Frank. Her achievements have been recognized with awards including the Environmental Hero Award, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Outstanding Citizen Advocate Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Outdoor Afro. Thanks to her efforts, President Obama issued a Presidential memorandum in 2017 promoting diversity and inclusion in our national parks, forests and other public lands and waters.
The first Earth Day was organized on April 22, 1970 as a way to spread awareness and education about environmental issues. The cause has morphed into a global movement that extends into Earth Week with events and activities being held around the world leading up to and after April 22.
In honor of the 50th anniversary, the Earth Day Network has organized a variety of campaigns to inspire people to take action: EARTHRISE, Great Global Cleanup, Earth Challenge, Foodprints for the Future and Artists for the Earth.
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