The city of Ormond Beach's celebrated Earth Day Environmental Discovery Center for the first time on Saturday, April 22, an event featuring a tree giveaway. Florida-friendly live oak, red maple, Dahoon holly and bald cypress trees were available for Ormond Beach residents.
Previously, Earth Day celebrations were held at City Hall.
Environmental exhibitors were on hand, including the Florida Native Plant Society, Florida Forest Service and University of Florida IFAS Extension Master Gardners to inform and engage the public. Visitors enjoyed guided nature tours through Central Park, classroom presentations discussing environmental issues as well as activities and games for kids.
Located at 601 Division Ave, the Environmental Discovery Center is a 2,000-square-foot educational facility designed to be a self-guided experience, giving visitors a close-up look at the diverse ecosystems of Ormond Beach. The center is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 pm.