Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Celebrate Everglades Day in Key Largo - Saturday, April 6, 2013

On the Ocean...

Pennekamp Native Plant Day - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

FREE ADMISSION to Pennekamp State Park (MM 102.6) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy the park, environmental booths, plant giveaways, children's activities and more! Note: Admission is only free to those who say they are coming to attend the event.

Visit the Sierra Club booth. Learn about the Everglades and what we do in South Florida. Other groups participating include: Cooperative Extension Agency/Master Gardeners, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Florida Keys Heritage Trail, Izaak Walton League, National Park Service/Everglades office, Dade County Native Plant Society, REEF, Friends of the Library and Mother Ocean
Park biologist Janice Duquesnel will deliver a native plant lecture at 10 am. Tropical Hammock nature walks at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Youth art contest judging at noon.

And on the Bay...

Florida Bay Outfitters (MM104) will host an evening of environmental speakers, music and refreshments - 5 - 8 p.m. 

U.S. Congressperson Joe Garcia and Florida State Representative Holly Raschein will speak at 5:30 p.m. Sierra Club representatives will talk about the latest in Everglades Restoration and celebrate Marjory Stoneman Douglas' birthday by serving cake. Mother Ocean's Justin Riney will speak about Expedition 500, 365-day paddle-board exploration around the Florida peninsula at 6:30 p.m. 

Then join a Sunset Paddle with Justin Riney. Bring your own paddleboard or kayak and make a $10 donation or rent either a stand up paddleboard or kayak for a $20 donation to Mother Ocean) Please reserve if you want to paddle with Justin by calling F.B.O. at 305-451-3028.

Justin Riney will also lead an Ocean Hour clean up at Rattlesnake Key earlier from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. departing from Garden Cove, kayaks and paddleboards avail. through F.B.O.

(Note:The Sunset Paddle and Ocean Hour clean up are not Sierra Club outings.)

For more information about Everglades Day in Key Largo, contact jonathan.ullman@sierraclub.org