Earth Month 2021
Earth Day 2021: Restore Our Earth™
How is the City of Boca Raton addressing the 5 pillars of this year’s global theme: Restore Our Earth™?
- The Canopy Project™: Earthday.org’s project plants tree seedlings around the world. Support trees in Boca Raton through this year’s Project Shade Tree or by attending the Tree Canopy Assessment workshop on May 12 (GoToWebinar registration).
- Food and Environment: The City has been recognizing and educating on the connection between diet and the environment. Watch the webinar “How to Grow and Eat a Climate Diet” or check out Gumbo Limbo Nature Center's #SustainableSundays for more information.
- The Great Global Cleanup™: Earthday.org encourages litter cleanup around the globe. To pick up litter at the beach in Boca Raton, grab one of the Community Clean Up Buckets at any of the City’s beachfront parks.
- Climate Literacy: They City is currently working to better understand the impacts of climate change on the community through our Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. Learn more and watch a webinar on the Sustainability Climate Action page. You can also join local author John Englander at the Boca Library for a discussion of his new book on sea level rise on April 13. (Register at bocalibrary.org)
- Global Earth Challenge™: Citizen science is a valuable tool for species conservation. Join the City of Boca Raton in the City Nature Challenge from April 30 - May 3! More details below.
Earth Month Events and Opportunities:
City Nature Challenge 2021:
April 30 - May 3
How to participate:
- Download the iNaturalist App on your phone.
- Head outside and make observations between April 30 and May 3 anywhere in the City of Boca Raton or the Beach and Park District.
- That's it!
I'm an expert, how can I help?
Observations made between April 30 and May 3 will automatically be added to the City Nature Challenge Boca Raton Project. Before May 9, as many of those observations as possible need to be identified. If you have a strong knowledge of native plants and animals, please consider taking time to identify observations!
What counts as an observation?
The City of Boca Raton is participating in the City Nature Challenge in order to get a snapshot of the biodiversity in the City as well as introduce residents and visitors to the nature and wildlife that exists all around us. Observations should therefor be of wild specimens. Make observations of the birds, butterflies, insects, and mammals that come and go from your yard, or the plants and trees you see walking around your neighborhood or through the City parks and natural areas. Try to avoid observations of plants you planted in a garden or pot, pets, or animals in captivity.
For more information:
- City Nature Challenge Frequently Asked Questions
- City Nature Challenge: https://citynaturechallenge.org/
- iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/
- City Nature Challenge Boca Raton: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-boca-raton
Project Shade Tree
Celebrate National Arbor Day (April 30) with the return of Project Shade Tree. The City's Beautification Committee along with Recreation Services and the Office of Sustainability are partnering with Community Greening to provide residents with the opportunity to beautify their yard with native or fruiting trees.
Not a traditional tree give away - Project Shade Tree has long provided residents of the City with the opportunity to obtain larger trees, delivered and installed, for a discounted price. For 2021 details, visit the Project Shade Tree page.
April 10 - 10am [virtual event] Gopher Tortoise Day. For more information visit gumbolimbo.org.
April 12 - [Virtual] Early Afternoon Explorers Homeschool program. For more information visit https://sugarsandpark.org/early-afternoon-explorers
Starting April 12 - Curbside STEAM kits with Sugar Sand's Children's Science Explorium. Learn more at Curbside STEAM | Sugar Sand Park.
April 13 - 7:00-8:00pm [virtual event] Moving to Higher Ground: Sea Level Rise and How It Affects Us with John Englander. For more information and to register, go to bocalibrary.org.
April 24 - Virtual electric vehicle ride and drive with race car driver and environmental activist Leilani Munter. Register here: bit.ly/evridedriveleilani [bit.ly]