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Wekiva Island to celebrate Earth Day with sustainability-focused events

Wekiva Island aims to make every day Earth Day, but on April 19, 2024, the Seminole County business is taking it to the next level.

Wekiva Island to celebrate Earth Day with sustainability-focused events

At Wekiva Island, every day is Earth Day, but on Friday, April 19, the popular nature attraction is ramping up the celebration with their annual homage to Mother Earth!

Get ready to immerse yourself in a day-long extravaganza designed to ignite your passion for the planet and inspire environmental stewardship.

Wekiva Island will celebrate Earth Day with a full schedule of fun and educational events based around sustainability.

Wekiva Island to celebrate Earth Day with sustainability-focused events

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store:

Eco River Paddle: Learn more about the Wekiva Island River see it first hand with a scenic and complimentary canoe tour.

Animal Encounters: Get up close and personal learning about animals with the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey and the Central Florida Zoo.

Nature-Inspired Crafts: Let your creativity bloom with hands-on craft activities inspired by the natural wonders around us made for both kids and adults.

Eco Talks Panel: JoinWekiva Island for a two-part engaging discussion with Orlando’s leading sustainability voices and a special film screening.

Live Music & Beer Specials: Wind down your day with live music performances and drinks from The Tooting Otter Craft Beer & Wine Bar. Wekiva Island will be serving $3 Sweetwater Lager Cans all day long!

Wekiva Island to celebrate Earth Day with sustainability-focused events

The Earth Day Eco Talks Panel, which will feature leading sustainability voices in Central Florida sharing in two sessions from 6 to 7:45 p.m.

The panels will cap off the day’s events. The first, beginning at 6 p.m., will focus on Orlando's Path to Resilience & Innovation​. Panelists will include Mike Hess, Director of Sustainability, Resilience and the Future-Ready City Initiative, City of Orlando; Gabrielle Milch, Supervisor 4, Seminole Soil and Water Conservation & St. Johns Riverkeeper Middle Basin Manager; and Chuck O'Neal, President, Speak Up Wekiva, Inc.

The second panel will begin at 7 p.m. and focus on Pioneering Sustainable Solutions Locally.

Panelists will include Kellie Antonowicz, Director of Education, IDEAS For Us/Fleet Farming; Alyssa Bolanos, Owner + Founder, Oh Eco; and Charlie Pioli, Founder/CEO, O-Town Compost.

Wekiva Island Owner Bill Weinaug will join one of the panels, both of which will be hosted at the Island’s Gallery CERO. Admission is free, but guests are requested to RSVP here.

“From our inception, Wekiva Island was meant to serve as a thought leader in how businesses could be profitable, fun, and truly sustainable,” Weinaug said. “For us to host these panels and this event in honor of Earth Day is a full-circle moment.”

Wekiva Island to celebrate Earth Day with sustainability-focused events

Most of the day’s events are free.

More information and ticket information can be found at

Are you planning to celebrate Earth Day? Let us know in the comments below.

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