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Posted April 25, 2017 | 10:22 AM

Celebrate Tampa Bay on Earth Day

There's lots you can do right here, in Hillsborough County

Earth Day gets a lot of attention in Hillsborough County.

That's because preserving natural resources is vital to healthy living, a robust economy, and residents' sense of well-being - especially in Florida, with its delicate ecosystem.

On Earth Day - Saturday, April 22 - there are many ways to show your passion for the local environment.

  • Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Hillsborough County, and others are sponsoring activities to assist people in need, improve the community's aesthetics, and help the environment. It's the local version of the annual Great American Cleanup. Projects range from litter cleanups to tree plantings to habitat restoration. Register to volunteer.
  • Native Plant Walk at Lettuce Lake Park, 9:30 a.m., April 22. Walk the boardwalk and nature trails at Hillsborough County's most popular regional park to learn about native plants and why they are important. The program is free. There's a $2-per-vehicle park entry fee.
  • Ecofest 2017, takes place at Lowry Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 22. Dedicated to principles of sustainability, the eighth annual festival features workshops, demonstrations, music, and information booths, along with artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, and organic produce from local farms. Admission is free.

Hillsborough County Government upholds the spirit of Earth Day with year-round sustainability practices. It has environmentally-friendly initiatives in energy efficiency, solid waste management, "green" building and development programs, and fleet management.

The County has acquired and preserved more than 61,000 acres through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP), and has more than 80,000 acres of parkland monitored by Parks & Recreation and Conservation and Environmental Lands Management.