Daily through May 31st - Nature Preserve Tours at the Deering Estate, 16701 S.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami
Join Deering’s naturalist staff for a hike through the Estate’s protected natural areas. Along the way, learn about native plants and animals and the Cutler Burial Mound. Guests will walk through the Tropical Hardwood Hammock and explore the diverse uses of plants by different cultures. Learn to identify native plants that have been used in the past for food, clothing, shelter, medicine, and magic, and discover the fascinating connection that people and plants have always shared. Bugs & mosquitos are very common, please come prepared.
Space is limited & will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Get advance tickets & Plan your Visit here.
Sessions are ongoing throughout the year. Check the link below for the schedule; 10 am - 1 pm at Snyder Park, 3299 S.W. 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, 33315
‘Young Seeds in the Park’ is Heal the Planet’s Sustainable Energy Education program for children ages 4 - 17. The program is FREE, though a $1 donation is requested to help fund Heal the Planet’s educational programs. Sessions include gardening, food demos, nutrition, wellness, yoga, breath-work, mindfulness exercises and teaching children the power of choice, and how it can positively impact their health and the well-being of our planet.
Deering Estate, 16701 S.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami, 33157. 305-235-1668
The Deering Estate, part of Miami-Dade’s Parks System, preserves the 1920s era Miami estate of Charles Deering, Chicago industrialist, early preservationist, environmentalist, art collector, philanthropist and first chairman of the International Harvester Company. The Deering Estate is a cultural asset and historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a 21st Century museum destination for tourists and local residents, a variety of signature events, programs, tours and classes are offered throughout the year.
Always with a focus on the environment and South Florida’s eco-system, the Deering Estate hosts Nature Tours daily from October 1st through May 31st each year. They also hold a variety of Homeschooling Programs, including Eco Academy, Marine Conservation and Wildlife Conservation. Additionally, you can enjoy Cruises, Full Moon Yoga, Hikes, Eco Tours and Art Exhibits. Check our calendar above for Earth Month events, or check their full calendar of events here.
The Deering Estate is one of 31 sites for Baynanza, the Annual Biscayne Bay Shore Cleanup on April 15th.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, 33156
Fairchild gets its name from one of the most famous plant explorers in history, David Fairchild (1869-1954). Dr. Fairchild was known for traveling the world in search of useful plants, but he was also an educator and a renowned scientist. Dr. Fairchild retired to Miami in 1935 and joined a group of passionate plant collectors and horticulturists, including retired accountant Col. Robert H. Montgomery (1872-1953), environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, County Commissioner Charles Crandon and landscape architect William Lyman Phillips. This core group worked tirelessly to bring the idea of a one of a kind botanic garden to life, and in 1938, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden opened its 83 acres to the public for the first time.
In 1984, the Garden became a member of the Center for Plant Conservation, a consortium of botanic gardens involved in preservation of endangered U.S. flora. Since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Fairchild plant collecting efforts have intensified dramatically, as scientists sought not only to restore the Garden’s collections, but also to identify and save endangered plants throughout the tropics. Since that time, Fairchild’s collections now include tropical fruit, orchids, and Florida and native plants.
Today, Fairchild’s Mission is to harness the power of plants for humankind and share the joy and beauty of tropical gardening with everyone.
Take a look at everything Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has to see, and the year-round event that are fun, educational and inspirational for all ages. Visit their website here.
Flamingo Gardens, 60 Acre Botanical Gardens and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary. 3750 S. Flamingo Rd. , Davie, 33330 954-473-2955
Established in 1927, Flamingo Gardens is one of the oldest botanical gardens and attractions in South Florida. Originally founded by Floyd L. and Jane Wray as an orange grove, the nonprofit botanical gardens is home to 18 “Champion” trees, the largest trees of their species, including the largest tree in Florida. Specialized botanical gardens, including a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden, Tom Coffey Aranda Garden, Croton Garden, and Bromeliad Garden dot the main Arboretum. The wildlife sanctuary features over 3,000 species of rare & exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants and trees. Flamingo Gardens’ sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife including alligators, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacock, and of course, flamingos!
Heal the Planet, 601 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-2950
Heal the Planet is one of the most active organizations locally, working to educate young people and adult about the importance of taking care of our planet. They teach how to grow your own food garden, host to plant native flora and fauna, choosing plants that will attract butterflies and bees (we need our pollinators), and simple choices you can make every day that collective make a huge impact.
Read about their mission here.
The SEED (Sustainable Energy EDucation) Program - teaching kids about the environment and nutrition at the same time.
Ongoing activities and Programs.
Events Calendar - everything from waterway & beach cleanup to yoga & meditation.
Heal the Planet Shop (601 N. Federal Highway) - environmentally friendly, sustainable, affordable products.
Conscious Buyer Shop - an extensive list of companies that produce sustainable products, don’t test on animals, donate to charities and do other good works. With links to Shop Concious.
TIPS TO ‘GREEN’ YOUR LIFE
Heal the Planet offers 100+ Ways to Heal the Planet. In addition to teaching environmental consciousness through their Young Seeds Program, Food Forest & Eco-tours at Snyder Park, and their Conscious Buyers Shop, Heal the Planet has gathered more than 100 tips to Heal the Planet - both physically with suggestions for planting pollinator plants, and emotionally, with reminders to perform random act of kindness. Find great ideas here.
Kool2Care is on a mission to save the planet from single-use plastics. They have easy tips, like bringing your own reusable bags to the grocery store; and lots of great products to use instead of the plastics that clog up our waterways and threaten our wildlife and marine life. Learn more here.
Miami Dade County’s RER Department has all kinds of tips to Go Green year-round, and in every part of your life. For tips on changes and improvements you can make to be more environmentally friendly at home, with your garden, your energy use, at the office and on the road, just click here.
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