Our Earth Day Festival is moving online! Scroll down for some fun activities and videos from our environmental partners around Southwest Florida.

Normally, our Earth Day Festival is a day when we invite families, friends, and partner organizations from across Southwest Florida to celebrate with us at the Nature Center.

This year, as Earth Day turns 50 years old, we've come together with our community partners to offer a virtual experience so that we can still reflect on our environmental accomplishments over the last five decades. The Conservancy and our partners still want to celebrate what we've done and recommit to leveraging our passions and expertise to address new environmental problems in the next 50 years.




Dalton Discovery Center Walkthrough

Take a guided nature center tour with Nerissa as she explores the Dalton Discovery Center! This field trip is designed for students in grades K-2, where they will learn about Southwest Florida ecosystems and the creatures that call it their home.

After the video, be sure to check out these post-lesson questions to see what you've learned.


Plantable Paper Activity & Craft

Craft with a purpose! Join Conservancy of Soutwest Florida intern Mandy as she teaches you how to make plantable paper. It's a great craft that you should be able to do with the items you have lying around the house.

If you do not have any seeds, we ordered ours from

Click here for a printable list of items and set of directions.





Discover Nature, Discover you

Celebrate our 50th Earth Day with Rookery Bay! The link below has some of our team’s favorite ideas for how you might mark the day.

For more information on Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve and the work that we do, link to our YouTube channel at: Friends of Rookery Bay




Create a nature journal

Learn about backyard pollinators

Be a responsible shopper this earth day





Participate in Project Stay Planted, Naples Botanical Garden’s new citizen-science initiative using iNaturalist, an app that feeds data to researchers studying the natural world. You’ll become a scientist yourself — an amateur conservation biologist — as you learn to observe, record, and contemplate what’s growing just beyond your front door.

Project Stay Planted: April 22 - May 25

During these times when we can’t be together, we’re bringing the Garden to you! We have all the resources you need, and will keep adding more. Learn more about our collections, get gardening tips, keep the kids busy with family-friendly activities, try your hand at recipes straight from Fogg Café, and more. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for extras: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter #stayplanted!





Celebrate Earth Day with a virtual experience in Big Cypress National Preserve! Check out all of our Youtube videos to learn more about the preserve, Florida Panthers, prescribed fire, American Alligators, Ghost Orchids, recreational activities in the preserve, cypress trees, limestone, wading birds and much more!

Watch an example of their videos below!

Facebook Page

Earth Data takes place during National Park Week! Saturday, April 18th – Sunday, April 26th. Join Big Cypress National Preserve on their Facebook page to take part in a variety of different activities every day this week.

Be a Jr. Ranger, learn about the wildlife, find out how experiencing nature can keep you healthy, recognize the military, volunteers and friends, and meet a B.A.R.K. Ranger!

Celebrate International Dark Sky Week

Big Cypress National Preserve protects 729,000 acres of beautiful landscape and a rich diversity of plant and animal species. As an International Dark Sky Park, Big Cypress also protects the vast and amazing skyscape that many people never have a chance to see.

Help celebrate International Dark Sky Week and Earth Day by taking an evening stroll to look for the Milky Way, constellations or meteors, listen to the sounds of nocturnal animals in your neighborhood and learn more about light pollution.



Happy 50th Earth Day from the Crew Land & Water Trust! If you haven't been to one of our four trails, this video will give you an idea of what you can expect when they finally reopen. If you have been, thank you and we hope this video inspires good memories of your visit!

For more information, visit: or contact our education coordinator, Jayne Johnston, email: or work cell: 239-229-1088.





Watch short videos of birds, alligators, and more! Sanctuary staff members have captured a variety of short videos of nature doing its thing. You can check out an example of their videos below.

Facebook Page

Find images and educational information, shared by Sanctuary staff and interns, on the Sanctuary’s Facebook page.


National Audubon Society recently streamed a Live video from Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on their Facebook page. For nearly half an hour, viewers can watch the color of the light change as the sun rose higher in the morning sky. A heron flew across the screen; a Northern Parula sang its buzzy call loud enough for all to appreciate.

Education Materials

Find even more resources, including Earth Day lesson plans and Bird Bingo, at Audubon Florida’s page.




Spend a few minutes with Julie in FGCU’s Food Forest talking about how FGCU develop the food forest from a gravel parking lot, the permaculture principles it was founded upon, and some of the edible plants you can grow in your own back yard, in a sustainable way.

Click here to learn more or to get involved.



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