Earth Day in the Florida Keys: Celebrate With Coral, Kayaks, and Kicks

The Florida Keys are taking Earth Day 2024 to another level, and we're here for it. Gone are the days of standard tree-planting ceremonies; the Keys are offering a buffet of eco-friendly activities that have us itching to book the next flight down. Here's the scoop:

Ocean Fest, But Make It Fun

First up, the Mote Marine Laboratory is throwing an Ocean Fest on April 20. Picture this: a day jam-packed with crafts, games, and local brews at Truman Waterfront Park. But it's not just fun and games; there's a serious note, with exhibits aiming to educate attendees on coral reef preservation. Details at

Run for the Reefs

Fancy a jog? How about one that helps the coral reefs? The Key West Southernmost Runners are hosting their 26th annual Earth Day 5k Run/Walk on the same day, with proceeds going to the Conch Republic Marine Army. Lace-up, help the environment, and maybe win a medal? Sign us up at

Tunes With a Message

On Earth Day itself, April 22, groove to the sounds of That Hippie Band at the Key West Theater. They're rolling back the years to the Age of Aquarius, with tunes that'll make you want to recycle everything. Find your groove and environmental enlightenment at

Plogging: A Mashup of Jogging and Picking Up Trash

For the uninitiated, plogging involves jogging and picking up litter. Join Plogging the Keys for an Earth Day cleanup and earn your breakfast sandwich, courtesy of Tavern N Town.

More Than Just a Beach Day

Bahia Honda State Park is putting a green twist on their 27th annual Earth Day celebration on April 20. Think conservation meets live music and crafts, plus an online auction for those who love a good bid. Dive into for more details.

Plant a Mangrove, Save the World

Join forces with Plant a Million Corals and Coastlove to get your hands dirty for a good cause. They're all about mangrove planting and coral saving. It's happening on April 20 at Summerland Farms. Check out their progress at

Cleanup, Kayak, and Contemplate

There's more: an island-wide cleanup on Stock Island and a full moon kayak excursion that promises serenity and a unique perspective on the ecosystem.

The Florida Keys are proving that Earth Day is more than a date on the calendar; it's a chance to engage, educate, and make a tangible difference. Whether you're running for the reefs, planting a mangrove, or plogging your way to a cleaner planet, these celebrations are a call to action we can all get behind. Plus, who wouldn't want to celebrate Earth Day with a side of sunshine and saltwater?