Thousands take part in Earth Day festivities

Pasco County’s 22nd Earth Day is hugely successful

Thousands of people showed up to celebrate Earth Day in Pasco County at Crews Lake Wilderness Park.  Approximately 2,800 people attended the April 22, 2017 event – a 37% increase from 2016!

Rick’s Raptor Rescue shows one of their owls to Earth Day attendees.

All the Earth Day activities focused on environmental educational with the help of 35 vendors including: Water Ventures Learning Lab, Florida Native Plants and Pasco Master Gardeners.

The Rock Painting Station at Crews Lake Wilderness Park was popular.

The rock decorating station was a huge hit, along with the upcycled tic-tac-toe boards with painted ladybug and bumblebee playing pieces.

This year’s event also featured a household hazardous waste collection.  141 people stopped by to drop off hazardous materials – an increase of 8% over last year.  The following was collected:

  • Latex paint – 3,740 lbs.
  • Batteries – 300 lbs.
  • Electronics – 7,155 lbs.
  • Shredded paper – 5,000 lbs.
  • Poison – 380 lbs.
The crowd for Pasco County’s Earth Day celebration was more than 25% larger than in
2016.