Collier County Waterkeeper and over 60 partners host major Save Our Planet – Earth Day Jamboree
All-day family fun event celebrating planet Earth
NAPLES, Fla. (Apr. 12, 2022) – Our natural habitat, world-famous beaches, waterways and World Heritage Site Everglades National Park are what make Southwest Florida so amazing. Collier County Waterkeeper proudly celebrates our beautiful environment by hosting the Save Our Planet – Earth Day Jamboree on Saturday, April 23 at Cambier Park in Naples from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
“Earth Day is something everyone should acknowledge, especially living here in Southwest Florida; and the Jamboree is a fun way to celebrate with family and friends while educating the community. I am overwhelmed by the support from our more than 60 event partners,” said Collier County Waterkeeper K.C. Schulberg.
The all-day, family-friendly Save Our Planet – Earth Day Jamboree will open at 10am with a procession of local veterans, the raising of the flag, singing of the National Anthem, followed by a ribbon cutting and address by Naples Mayor Teresa Heitmann. Activities, including a petting zoo, will be available for visitors of all ages. Guests will enjoy music, speakers and videos on the main stage as well as some of the best food trucks and cold beverage vendors Naples has to offer.
The event will feature seven “Zones,” each hosting creative exhibits from a wide spectrum of community groups, sharing what they are doing to care for the planet. They include elementary schools, universities, local artists, city officials, environmental agencies, and nonprofits. The event will also feature innovative technology, including a field of electric vehicles: customized “fully wrapped” Teslas, smaller Arcimoto electric cars and electric bikes. Aside from Mayor Heitmann, speakers include FGCU professor, Dr. Michael Savarese, Eminent Scholar Dr. William J. Mitsch, faith leader Rev. Dr. Dawson B. Taylor, President & CEO of the Naples Botanical Garden Donna McGinnis, filmmaker & environmentalist Erik E. Crown and others.
Also, join us in congratulating Collier County students who will be invited on stage to show off their Earth Day contest submissions and watch artist Paul Arsenault “live paint” an over-sized work of art. Music will be provided by all-woman R&B group Women Don’t Conform and Miami-based French Horn Collective.
For more information about the event, please visit https://www.saveourplanetnaples.com/.
Title sponsors for the event include SWFL RESET Center, the Security & Sustainability Guide, Arsenault and the Naples Daily News. Additional sponsors include Synergy Health, The Metzger Family, Natural Awakenings Magazine, Artful Exteriors, Ecological Laboratories, Wrap my Tesla, WGCU, Florida Solar Power, Old Naples Surf Shop, Hotel Escalante, Naples Compost, The Langley Family, Boxvana, Crowther Roofing, Naples Pathways Coalition, Eco Voice, Collier Freedom, The Andrews Family, and Optima Classical Academy.
Partners include the City of Naples, Collier County, Naples Botanical Garden, Collier County Parks & Rec, Collier County Public Schools, US Army Corps of Engineers, Audubon of the Western Everglades, League of Women Voters, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Growing Climate Solutions, Collier County NAACP, Florida Wildlife Federation, the FGCU Water School, the Community School, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples, Naples United Church of Christ, Lorenzo Walker Technical College, Florida Native Plant Society, Tesla, Arcimoto, Pedego, Beekeeper Association of Southwest Florida, Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida, Rights to Clean Water, Florida rights of Nature Network, Adams Animal Encounters, Conservation Collier, Democratic Environmental Caucus of Collier County, Democratic Party of Collier County, SWFL Justice 4All Coalition, Collier Freedom, Naples Pride, Vegan Outreach, Campus Climate Corps, Florida Wildlife Federation, Quiet Collier, Angler Action Federation, Seasoned Green, Anchor & Eat, Suncoast Beverage, Earthday.org and more.
Here is a list of other Earth Day events taking place the weekend of April 22-24 around Southwest Florida:
- ● Friday, April 22, 5pm – SWFL RESET Center hosts Earth Day activities and symphony concert
- ● Saturday, April 23 – Conservancy of SWFL hosts all day family activities
- ● Sunday, April 24 – Miccosukee tribe member Betty Osceola speaks at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation
- About Collier County Waterkeeper
“Wherever the human race has roamed, be it across oceans, continents, or into the depths of space, we are forever searching for the presence of water: clean water, plentiful water. In its abundance, civilizations have flourished. In its absence, life has withered.”
– The Water Imperative, Audubon International
Collier County Waterkeeper (CCWK) is a Naples-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in August 2015 when concerned residents came together in the pursuit of protecting the health and vitality of local waterways, wetlands, beaches, and mangroves. Through citizen science and private labs, CCWK tests water for fecal bacteria, nutrient pollution, harmful algae, and researches the impacts of climate change from sea level rise to saltwater intrusion. CCWK is also committed to cleaning the water, beaches, mangroves, and wetlands of litter in efforts to reduce plastic pollution. CCWK is a proud member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, the largest and fastest-growing clean water nonprofit in the world. For more information, visit colliercountywaterkeeper.org.