CRYSTAL RIVER — The Friends of the Crystal River State Parks, Inc. is hosting an Earth Day Public Event on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Crystal River Preserve State Park.
Earth Day activities will feature a variety of educational exhibits, displays and demonstrations. This year’s participants will feature information about prescribed fire, estuary health, as well as native and invasive plants. There will be a “Leave No Trace,” bloodhound scent group, animal assisted therapy miniature horses, Eagle Nest boat tours, an aquatic touch tank, recycling tips, kid’s events and games and food. Admission to the Earth Day event is free, though there will be a $5 charge for tour boat rides.
The event will be at the Visitors Center of the Crystal River Preserve State Park, 3266 N. Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. Trams will be running all day Saturday, to ferry the public to the event and back. Disabled parking will be available at the Visitors Center.
The event is free but donations are welcome.
Call the park at (352)563-0450 for more information.
Before the Earth Day event, the public is invited to explore the salt marsh and tidal pools of the preserve with the park biologist and aquatic preserve staff from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn how these resources connect to local wildlife, residents and visitors to the Nature Coast. This event is free, however space is limited to 15 children (sign up required). Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, or to register, please contact Keith or Jamie at 352-563-0450.
To learn more about the Earth Day Celebration, please visit www.floridastateparks.org/crystalriverpreserve/events.cfm, www.facebook.com/pages/Crystal-River-State-Parks-Friends/ or www.facebook.com/bigbendseagrassesaquaticpreserve.