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Celebrate Earth Week with Us!

Your local Extension office has teamed up to offer a whole week of educational programs in honor of Earth Day 2021!
See the program lineup below:

 

Monday, 4/19, 12-1 p.m. – “Rewilding your Yard”

What is rewilding? In rewilding a yard, a gardener returns a part of their yard to nature. This includes encouraging beneficial insects, reducing herbicide and pesticide use, pruning less, and planting more native plants. This practice is becoming more popular as people look for ways to be more environmentally friendly. At it’s core, rewilding means to allow spaces to return to a more natural (wild) state, and not manicure every square inch of nature (your yard is your nature after all). Urban Horticulture Agent Theresa Badurek will explore this interesting topic with you. REGISTER HERE

 

Tuesday, 4/20, 12-1 p.m. – “Get Your Mind in The Gutter”

What comes to mind when you think of a gutter? Perhaps, “I really need to clean mine out”, or “I wish I had those”, or maybe just something as simple as “rainwater”. In this class we are going to follow the flow of rainwater from your roof to see where our water goes through the lens of what we call “storm water”. We will explore how we play a critical role in the big picture of storm water and the impacts of this water to our local ecosystems. We will start big and end with what you can do to help improve water quality right in your own yard or neighborhood. REGISTER HERE

 

Wednesday, 4/21, 2-3 p.m. – “Backyard Habitat for Birds”

What’s better than bird watching in your own backyard? Join Extension Specialist James Stevenson to find out how you can attract birds to your yard and provide them with additional habitat. Recommended for adults and youth over 12. REGISTER HERE

 

Thursday, 4/22, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. – “Earth Day 4-H Youth Summit /Restore our Earth”

Youth from Florida, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico will team up to address environmental issues and share ideas on steps to RESTORE OUR EARTH. This virtual program is geared toward youth ages 10-16. For more information and registration please contact: Mr. Sandy Hernandez at shernandez2@pinellascounty.org

 

Thursday, 4/22, 2-3 p.m. – “What does IVM do for you?”

Have you heard about Pinellas County’s new approach to reduce the use of non-selective herbicides in public green spaces? The IVM (Integrated Vegetative Management) program was created to encourage more environmentally friendly methods when it comes to controlling weeds. Come meet JP Gellermann, UF/IFAS Extension Director for Pinellas County, and Commercial Horticulture Agent Steve Robinson to learn how these greener practices will enhance the safety and enjoyment of our parks and public lands. JOIN HERE

 

Friday, 4/23, 10-11:30 a.m. – “From Trees to Soil”

Join the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ team, Doris Heitzmann and Jonathan Prieto, to learn about the important role trees play in your landscape and for the environment. We will also discuss how to create healthy soil by amending with composted organic matter and tree-based materials. REGISTER HERE

 

Saturday, 4/24, a.m. 10-11 a.m. – “Pinellas County’s Coastal Paradise”

Sea Grant Agent Libby Carnahan will take you on a virtual coastal tour of Pinellas County, Florida. Situated on the west coast of Florida- Pinellas County is surrounded by water, a peninsula on a peninsula. From beaches to mangrove forests to artificial reefs, Pinellas County has it all! Ms. Carnahan will talk about the What there is to see above and underwater and WHERE you might go to see it. WHEN you visit might depend on weather, tides and currents and we will chat about those! And for Earth Week, we will discuss WHY we must treat all of our resources as precious gifts! REGISTER HERE