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Posted April 5, 2018 | 9:29 AM

Celebrate Tampa Bay on Earth Day

There's lots you can do right here, in Hillsborough County

Earth Day gets a lot of attention in Hillsborough County.

That's because preserving natural resources is vital to healthy living, a robust economy, and residents' sense of well-being - especially in Florida, with its delicate ecosystem.

On and around Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, there are many ways to show your passion for the local environment.

  • Ecofest 2018 takes place at Lowry Park, 7525 N. Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. Dedicated to principles of sustainability, the annual festival features workshops, demonstrations, music, and information booths, along with artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, and organic produce from local farms. Admission is free.
  • Hillsborough County leads a 9-mile hike at Lower Green Swamp Nature Preserve, immediately following a short presentation at the preserve's office at 3540 Knights Griffin Road. Hikers must have experience at this distance, and carry water and snacks on the trek, from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. Cost is $5.
  • Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Hillsborough County, and others are sponsoring activities to assist people in need, improve the community's aesthetics, and help the environment. It's the local version of the annual Great American Cleanup, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 28. Projects, many at County parks and preserves, range from litter cleanups to tree plantings to habitat restoration. Register to volunteer.
  • Tampa Audubon Society offers free bird observation walks at Lettuce Lake Conservation Park at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. There's a $2-per-vehicle park entry fee. Meet in the parking lot in front of the park's Visitor Center.
  • Learn about Florida-Friendly Landscaping™. By using low-maintenance plants and sustainable practices, you can have a beautiful landscape while saving time, energy, and money.

Hillsborough County Government upholds the spirit of Earth Day with year-round sustainability practices. It has environmentally-friendly initiatives in energy efficiency, solid waste management, "green" building and development programs, and fleet management.

The County has acquired and preserved more than 61,000 acres through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP), and has more than 80,000 acres of conservation areas, nature preserves, and trails monitored by Conservation & Environmental Lands Management.


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