Celebrate Earth Day early with Biophilia Center

Earth Day

Paul Arthur, CEO and Director of Biophilia Center, teaches Destin Elementary students the importance of recycling during a class field trip last year.

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 05:52 PM.

Everyday is Earth Day at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center , says Lauren Bray, environmental educator.

"Our core mission is to educate students and visitors on the importance of biodiversity, to promote sustainability and to encourage conservation, preservation and restoration of ecosystems," she said. "Earth Day is an opportunity to have many local, environmental organizations, businesses and community members come together for one common goal: to have fun and help make a positive change for the future of out environment."

While Earth Day is April 22, the Biophilia Center is celebrating early this Saturday with a day full of fun and learning for the family with events such as environmental demos, live animal encounters, guided hikes, bounce houses, face painting, biodegradable gardening, local artists and more.

"This year’s Earth Day Festival is an event for all ages," sand Bray. "Most activities are geared to engage the young at heart, but every age can enjoy interacting with live animals, learning about our environment, and understanding how to make a difference at a local level in your community."

The Biophilia Center is an environmental education facility serving 4th and 7th grade students, teachers and professional audiences during the school year. The center makes education fun by providing hand-on activities for visiting students with games, activities and exhibits centered on eco-friendly themes like recycling, animals of the Longleaf Pine ecosystem, Florida marine life and birds of prey to name a few.

"We are proud to be a community resource where people of all ages can learn and experience nature up close and personal," said Bray.

To sustain the center's programs, Biophilia opens its doors to the public on the first Saturday of the month as well as special events — such as Earth Day Festival — throughout the year.

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