I’m writing you this Earth Day from my back patio, where I’m savoring the gift of a breezy late-spring afternoon. I hope you’re able to safely enjoy the outdoors today, too.

Even if you’re stuck indoors during this period of quarantine, we can offer a few ways to honor the planet on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day:

  1. Help protect the endangered Key deer by signing our petition. When you’re done, share the petition and our Young Friends of the Everglades learning materials with the students in your life.
  2. Get educated about Lake Okeechobee by reading our Earth Day guest column published in The Palm Beach Post, Sun Sentinel, The News-Press, The Daytona Beach News-Journal and TCPalm. The Invading Sea collaborative picked it up, too.
  3. Mark your calendar for noon tomorrow, when we’re hosting our first Clean Water Conversation livestream. Tune in live on Facebook as we talk with three water experts about how to protect our estuaries by better managing Lake Okeechobee. The video will be available for replay on our site,, too.

None of this work would be possible without your support. If you’re already a donor, we thank you. If you’re not, or if it’s been a while, we would be honored if you’d consider making an online donation this Earth Day.

Stay well,

Eve Samples
Executive Director, Friends of the Everglades