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!
Directions: From Sarasota follow Rt. 41 south to Osprey to the park, which is on the east side of the road.