Celebrate Earth Day with Local Planet-Friendly Events in Gainesville and Alachua County

Find events all weekend long celebrating this year’s Earth Day theme of “Invest in our Planet.” Scroll down to learn about Earth Day at Cuscowilla, the Spring Plant Sale at the Florida Museum, Tree Fest at Swamp Head Brewery and more.

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Celebrate Earth Day at Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center
210 SE 134 Ave., Micanopy, FL 32667
Be part of worldwide Earth Day celebrations, right here in Alachua County! Join Friends of Cuscowilla, Cuscowilla Nature and Retreat Center and their partners, as they honor this year’s Earth Day theme, “Invest In Our Planet.” Enjoy a morning of planting and fun activities including birding walks, archery, historical reenactments, arts and crafts, catch and release fishing, disc golf, music, tours, and a food truck. 

Browse Over 100 Florida and Pollinator-Friendly Plant Species at Florida Museum’s Spring Plant Sale
Friday, April 21 – Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m – 5 p.m., Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611
The museum’s spring plant sale spans 3 days and is one of the largest of the year. Discover which pollinator species you can attract and learn about the butterfly-friendly plants that work best in your landscape. Accent, host, native and nectar plants are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.

Cinema Verde Earth Day Celebration: Ashley Creek Clean Up
Friday, April 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Ashley Creek
NW 16th Terr. and NW 19th Ln.

Join Cinema Verde for a day of action and make a difference in the community. This clean-up contributes to the Great American Clean-Up. Register online.

Annual UF Health Campus Earth Day 2023
Friday, April 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | UF Health Shands North Tower Atrium

1600 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608
Learn about sustainability efforts and successes at UF Shands Hospital. There will be giveaways and opportunities to win prizes. Dr. Lauren Berkow and Tedd Comerford host this event.

Earth Day 5k Park Run & Seed Exchange
Saturday, April 22, 7:30 a.m. |Depot Park

874 SE 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Start Earth Day with a free, timed 5K. Participants are invited to bring any extra seed packets to share at the seed exchange.

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Add Native and Heritage Plants to Your Landscape at the Dudley Farm Spring Heritage Plant Sale
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Dudley Farm State Park
18730 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669
This is the time of year to make your garden thrive and flourish. Make your garden thrive and flourish with a selection of from the Dudley Farm Heritage Nursery. These plants come from the original gardens around the Dudley homestead.

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Sip Craft Beer and Support the Planting of Long Leaf Pines at Tree Fest 2023
Saturday, April 22, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Swamp Head Brewery
3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608
Tree Fest celebrates the environment by supporting efforts by Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT) to plant trees. Four trees will be planted for every beer purchased during Tree Fest and 20 trees for every Tree Fest t-shirt bought. The trees are one-year-old longleaf pines that will be planted by the ACT at the Little Orange Creek Preserve in Hawthorne.

Cinema Verde x #UNLITTER Cinema for a Sustainable Future
Saturday, April 22, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
1001 NW 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601

From 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Cinema Verde and #UNLITTERUF showcases a wide range of organizations and vendors sharing a commitment to protecting the environment. From 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. enjoy screenings of the 2023 Cinema Verde film festival entries.

Earth Day Jam Gainesville 2023!
Saturday, April 22 – Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Turlington Hall
330 Newell Dr., Gainesville, FL 32603

Bring a trash bag and help clean up around campus. They don’t plan to leave a single piece of trash in their wake. 

Music, Art, Education and More at EARTHDAYGNV 2023
Saturday, April 22, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. | First Magnitude Brewing Company

1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601
The musical features Electric Kif, Dionysus, Rakhu, and Clay & the Picadillies. Enjoy educational guest speakers, outreach tables, live art, craft vendors, food trucks, projection mapping, and more. Proceeds directly benefit Florida Springs by way of the Florida Springs Council.

Repurposed Art on Display at Earth Day Extravaganza
Saturday, April 22, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Repurpose Project

1920 NE 23rd Ave., Gainesville, 32609
See creative art made by staff at The Repurpose Project made from repurposed materials. Enjoy snacks, drinks and play stations for kids.

The Great American Cleanup & Volunteer Appreciation Day 
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Massey Park Recreation Center
1001 N.W. 34th Street, Gainesville

There will be a thank-you party from noon to 1 p.m. Register to participate online. The online registration lets them know whether volunteers wish to plant trees, remove graffiti, garden, pull invasive plant species, or beautify the County. Keep Alachua County Beautiful will have sanitized supply kits available for pickup at Massey Park for cleanup sites throughout the County. Free t-shirts are available for volunteers while supplies last. There will be awards and prizes for volunteers at an after-party at Massey Park. 

6th Annual Earth Day Eco Fest
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | ECO Teaching Farm

17306 NW 112th Blvd., Alachua, FL 32615
Learn how to make banana fiber baskets, natural dyes from backyard blooms and kitchen scraps. Demonstrations show the making of incense, essential oils, homemade paper and cheese. Explore herb walks, talks on using biogas digesters, tips on soil improvement, growing herbs and more.

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Alachua County Farmers’ Market Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Alachua County Farmers’ Market

5920 NW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32653
This family-friendly event includes arts and crafts, food truck vendors, earth-conscious non-profits and organizations, a Kids Corner with Earth Day activities like seed planting, and a market raffle of vendor gift certificates. Admission is free.

Cinema Verde Earth Day Celebration Awards Dinner
Sunday, April 23, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Passions Field
18024 NW CR 235A, Alachua, FL 32615

Join Cinema Verde and thank the talented filmmakers who showcased their inspiring work during the 2023 film festival. Enjoy a sustainable dinner prepared by Chef Mark Newman. Learn about regenerative farming from Txong Moua and carnivorous plants from Lois Marks.

2023 City Nature Challenge Alachua County 
Friday, April 28 – Monday, May 1
Join Alachua County and hundreds of other cities worldwide for this friendly competition. Download the free iNaturalist app today and help Alachua County capture the most wildlife photos in our area during the challenge dates. This is also a great excuse to visit the County’s many local parks and preserves. Learn more about the challenge

Earth Care Day
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Celebration United Methodist Church
9501 S.W. Archer Rd, Gainesville

This is a free event. Participants learn how to make their life and landscape more sustainable, feeding themselves and the planet while reducing chemical and plastic use. Topics include composting, waste reduction strategies, sustainable landscaping, DIY solar power, and gardening. Lunch will be available for a suggested donation of $10. After lunch, a presentation on starting a creation care ministry in your faith community will occur.


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