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Down to Earth: A Celebration of Natural Florida

From beloved beaches to treasured springs, no aspect of Florida’s heritage is more important than the ancient, varied, and priceless natural resources of our state.

Join us on Saturday, October 15, as we bring natural Florida to downtown Orlando! Learn about our natural environment and native Florida wildlife at this exciting family-friendly event in Heritage Square Park.

Go wild . . .

Meet folks and critters from exhibitors including:
Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge & Education Center
The Brevard Zoo’s Dr. Dino
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Bob Belmont, the Bug Guy from Massey Services
Center for Earth Jurisprudence
Central Florida Sierra Club
Florida Native Plant Society, Cuplet Fern Chapter
Grease Fighters! (City of Orlando Wastewater Department)
IDEAS for Us
National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitats and Butterfly Heroes
Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute
Orange Soil and Water Conservation District
Orange County Environmental Protection Division, Community Services and Junior Naturalist Program
Save the Manatee Club
Scout Bee (bee conservator)
Seminole County Watershed Management
• UF/IFAS Orange County Extension


. . . and be inspired!

Our featured speaker, Lori Cunniff, manages Orange County’s Environmental Protection Division and is deputy director of the county’s Community, Environmental & Development Services Department. She’ll speak about how the environmental movement of the 1970s affects the way we protect the natural world today.

A true leader in the environmental field with more than 30 years of experience, Lori was formerly the environmental manager at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York and the environmental director for Escambia County in Pensacola. She has also served in various positions with the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management.

Revisit a decade of awakening

While enjoying Down to Earth, visit the History Center’s latest exhibition – Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project.

Created by the Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition takes a fresh look at the 1970s using remarkable color photography of images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s.

> October 15, 2016
> 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
> Free