By David Volz

The City of Coral Springs hosted EarthFest at the Sawgrass Nature Center. Hundreds of people came out to get a free tree, learn more about the Sawgrass Nature Center and meet with vendors offering environmentally friendly products and services.

“We celebrate Earthday with the EarthFest event at the Sawgrass Nature Center,” said Randy Keshock, who works with trees in Coral Springs. “We give away trees because we want to increase the tree canopy in Coral Springs. All the trees we give away are native trees. Also, people can see the Nature Center.”

Former Coral Springs Mayor Roy Gold was pleased to see people having a good time. “This a good way to celebrate Earthday. It is good that residents are getting free trees.”

Frank Gross of Adopt-A-Street said his organization is encouraging people to care about the environment and to keep the streets of Coral Springs Clean.

Dan Novak, president of the Broward Beekeepers Association said he wants to encourage people to keep bees in their homes.

Marcy DiMare, president of the Garden Club of Coral Springs said she hopes more people develop an interest in gardening. Those who came could also see the animals that are cared for the at the Sawgrass Nature Center. They could also see an alligator, Blue Heron, an owl, and other interesting animals. And they could learn more about programs and organizations in Coral Springs dedicated to preserving nature.