50th Anniversary of Earth Day
Honeymoon Island State Park
APRIL 18-19. 2020
11AM - 5 PM
Celebrate the 50 Anniversary of Earth Day at Honeymoon Island State Park on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, 2020, from 11am to 5pm. The Island Earth Day celebration is free with paid admission to the park.
Island Earth Days is coordinated with national Earth Day. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.
Special presentations at Honeymoon Island at 11 and 1:30 both Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, 2020 include these topics:
Reducing Plastics Pollution
Protecting our Disappearing Coastlines
Disappearing Florida Wildlife
Sustaining Florida's Water Resources
Florida State Parks will also celebrate its 85th anniversary as part of Island Earth Days. The National Recreation and Parks Association named the Florida State Parks as the 2019 Gold Medal award winner. This achievement makes Florida the first park system in the nation to win a fourth Gold Medal. Florida previously won the Gold Medal award in 1999, 2005 and 2013.
Birds and raptors are always one of the most popular exhibits at Island Earth Days. Volunteers from Boyd Hill, The Narrows at McGough Park, Brooker Creek, and Owls Nest sanctuary will have live raptors on hand.
Other nature displays include sea turtles, native Florida wildflowers and seashells. A replica of a1940’s Honeymoon Hut will be on display with historic information about how Honeymoon Island got its name.
Guided Osprey Trail nature walks will be available nearly every hour during the weekend.
Osprey Village will include displays from state and local non-profit environmental agencies, conservation agencies, sustainability groups, and environmental demonstrations.
A number of children’s activities will be on-going including crafts and face painting. Puppet making featuring butterflies, moths, or flowers with a parade of pollinators will follow for photo ops.
Continuous live entertainment with Steel Drums with Jessica Renaud,the Time Bandits, the Wendy Barmore Band and the Cadillac COWBOYS
A variety of tasty food and beverages including Dunedin Brewery craft beers will be available.
Visitors to Island Earth Days can win a kayak donated by Osprey Bay Outdoors or a new bicycle. Tickets for the prizes will be on sale both days with drawings on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm. Participants need not be present to win. There also will be a chance to win other prizes with your car admission ticket received on entry to the park.
Construction will start on the new Caladesi Discovery Center this summer. A Caladesi Discovery Center display with information on this outdoor interpretive center and its observation deck are park of Island Earth Days. Special Caladesi Island memorabilia will be on sale.
Friends of the Island Parks sponsors Island Earth Days. The “Friends” organization is a 503 (C) non-profit community service organization which supports Honeymoon and Caladesi Island State Parks with volunteers and funding for parks programs and capital improvement. Friends of the Island Parks was the leader in raising funds for the new Caladesi Discovery Center.