Come join park rangers and volunteers for a fun-Free day of activities to celebrate Earth Day at Fort Matanzas. Earth Day marks the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson celebrated the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, when an average of twenty million Americans participated in activities to help promote a healthy environment all over our nation.
• Soldier’s Camp – Park staff and reenactors will exhibit the simple life of the Spanish soldier and provide musket demonstrations.
• Pine Needle Basket Demonstration – Adults and children under close parental supervision will learn how to make a pine needle basket.
• Plant a Seed for Earth Day – Kids will learn the importance of the earth and how plants grow by planting a seed in a recyclable cup to take home and observe it change from seed to seedling and finally into a plant.
• Treasure Chest Hunt – Kids and their parents will explore the park with a treasure map to find hidden chests in the park. Each chest contains a card with questions to be answered in order to obtain a prize. Topics include park habitats, water safety, and fort history.
The Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station from Marineland will have staff on hand to provide educational information and hands-on activities for the whole family.
The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience of the University of Florida will participate with two of their most popular programs: Oyster Restoration and Sea Turtles.
Join a park volunteer naturalist at 12:30 p.m. for a one-hour guided exploration of the remarkable and unique ecosystems within Fort Matanzas National Monument. On your exploration, you’ll learn about the plants, fish, mammals, and birds. This walk is appropriate for all ages. Difficulty level is mild, with some uneven or sandy terrain encountered during the walk. Binoculars, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and water are recommended. Please arrive at the park’s visitor center no later than 12:15 p.m. No reservations are required.
For additional information, call 904-471-0116 or click on the event website link.