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Each year, Earth Day, which is celebrated annually on April 22nd, marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. In 1970, at the height of counterculture in America, Earth Day gave voice to an emerging consciousness that human activity was directly affecting the health of our planet.

Locally, the folks at Keepers of the Coast, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to address local conservation issues, will be hosting a community event to celebrate Earth Day. Full Circle Fest will be held on Sunday, April 22nd from noon to 6 p.m. at Eddie Vickers Park at the end of Riberia Street in Lincolnville.

Over the years, the group became well known for putting on the popular Sea Turtle Festival, which they are revamping into Full Circle Fest to encompass a more diverse environmental and socially conscious aspect of the local community. “Keepers recognized a while ago the need to engage the community in beach cleanups and the education of our coastal wildlife like sea turtles,” explains Tara Dodson, President of Keepers of the Coast.

Full Circle Fest

“Naturally, the evolution of the organization is to maintain our forward-thinking effort and continue to engage the community in something much bigger than a Coastal focus, and sustainability is just that role.” Full Circle Fest is touted as a oneday event filled with family, friends, food and fun. There will be live music throughout with The WillowWacks and Aslyn and the Naysayers confirmed, and an art installation tent, The Drifters Gallery, which will be headed by local artist Martha Ferguson, where participants can help create art with trash found during beach cleanups.

There’s also a list of vendors and sponsors that’s rounding out nicely, including Jack Johnson’s “All At Once” organization, Brightway Insurance’s The Casey Agency, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Robin Arnold of Endless Summer Realty and Donovan Heat & Air.

“By giving workshops and presentations, we are creating space for sustainability to become a reality for the residents and visitors of North East Florida,” Dodson says. “Sea turtle and coastal wildlife components will be scattered throughout the event as we still feel strongly about those topics as they will be a special part of the wide range of topics being presented.”

Full Circle Fest is looking for volunteers to help out the day of event, please contact Nathan Otter nathan@ keepersofthecoast.org. If you’re interested in hosting a workshop or becoming a food vendor or education vendor, please contact Tara Dodson at tara@keepersofthecoast.org.

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