Celebrate Mother Earth at Palm Beach County events

Whether you’re a Prius-driving vegan or a carnivorous monster trucker, it’s time to show your mother some love.

No, not your biological or adoptive mother – although showing them love and respect should always be a given – we’re talkin ‘about Mother Earth, and her special day, Earth Day, is happening Friday.

Forget what side of the political fence you’re on, we’re all riding around TOGETHER on this big, blue marble and we need to keep it healthy and happy.

You don’t have to shun deodorant. You don’t have to stomp around barefoot in the dirt at music festivals. You need to be an honest, responsible passenger on Earth … and if you’re reading this you are.

So until Elon Musk gets us all to Mars and offers up some sweet Red Planet digs (Don’t go crazy, that’s just a joke. Not that he won’t do it, but we need to take better care of this mother first. ) … pay attention and do your part to help.

Here are some local events that will bring awareness and will help educate about our precious home planet.

Common sights along the Loxahatchee River in Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County include birds such as this yellow-crowned night heron.

Celebrate Earth Day at Jonathan Dickinson park

Activities will take place from 9 am to 5 pm Fridayat the Kimball Education Center, including story time and crafts, trash pick up, a short presentation about choosing ecofriendly products called “This or That?”, A guided nature walk and more. Reservations recommended.

Information: 561-745-5551; friendsofjdsp.org/Events

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16450 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.

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Dig in at Riverbend Park for a service event

Dig in and join Riverbend Park naturalists at 9:30 am Saturday to take part in park restoration, planting and overall park cleanup and beautification. In addition to planting and cleaning the park, participants will learn more about the facility and what the regular volunteers do. Free. Reservations not required.

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