• Composting Program at Hawthorne Library - 05/30/2017
    Composting is a natural process where organic material is turned into a nutrient rich soil amendment. Think of it as nature’s way of recycling. Let an Alachua County Waste Alternatives Specialist show you how to compost correctly. For more information visit This program will take place at the Hawthorne Library located at 6640 S.E. 221 Street Hawthorne, FL 32640.
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with Waste Alternatives - 06/07/2017
    Do you know how to recycle? Join us as we learn how to reduce and reuse with Waste Alternatives this Summer at the Library. Try our challenging trash relay race where you will have to beat the clock as you sort out which trash item goes where. This program will be held at the Hawthorne Branch Library located at 6640 S.E. 221 Street Hawthorne, FL 32640.
  • Reduce Your Waste - 06/22/2017
    Summer at the Library: Put waste to good use by learning ways you can reduce your carbon footprint on the environment. This program will be held at the High Springs Branch Library located at 23779 W US HWY 27 High Springs, FL 32643.
  • Tools for Schools back-to-school supply drives - 07/01/2017
    You can help! Every day, local businesses and households throw away countless items which still have educational value to them. Overruns and no longer needed supplies are just a few of the materials sent to the landfill instead of being reused. Imagine those items in the hands of eager students! They become useful supplies to help make math, science, and language arts concepts real.
  • Turn Trash into Treasure with Waste Alternatives - 07/06/2017
    Turn trash into art this Summer at the Library. Learn about how we reduce, reuse, and recycle here in Alachua County. This program will be held at the Cone Park Branch Library located at 2801 E. University Ave. Gainesville, FL 32641.
  • ButterflyFest - 10/08/2017
    A Celebration of Wings, Wildlife and Biodiversity! ButterflyFest is an annual fun-for-all-ages festival to celebrate backyard wildlife with an emphasis on pollinators! ButterflyFest is dedicated to increasing awareness of Florida’s butterflies as fun, fascinating ambassadors to the natural world. Activities will promote inquiry and provide a call to action for the conservation and preservation of backyard wildlife and habitats. Hours Festival: Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 3-Day Plant Sale: Friday-Sunday Admission: While the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit requires an admission price, the festival and ButterflyFest activities are free! Butterfly Rainforest exhibit admission is $13 for adults ($11 Fla. residents) and $6 for ages 3-17. Admission is free for Museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. Some vendors may charge for their services. Note: The Museum does not have an ATM on-site. Parking: Free parking is available in the large Cultural Plaza parking lot and garage adjacent to the Museum. Campus decal restrictions are not enforced on weekends.
  • 13th Annual Florida Bat Festival - 10/21/2017
    The 2017 festival is on Saturday, October 21st from 10AM-5PM. The 13th Annual Florida Bat Festival is an opportunity for attendees to view giant fruit bats, tour the conservancy grounds and enjoy the great outdoors while learning about how fruit bats benefit environments and ecosystems worldwide. Last year we welcomed over 5,000 guests and attendance is expected to increase this year. The conservancy is not open to the general public on a regular basis, so this event is a rare opportunity for wildlife lovers to see our bats up-close. The bats at Lubee boast wingspans of up to 6 feet across. Guests will get to observe how the bats interact with each other, play with their toys and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, a truly unique sight. Food and refreshments, and “batty” merchandise (including bat houses) will be available for purchase at the event. Also, other local environmental organizations will offer educational materials at their booths spread across the beautiful grounds of the conservancy. The festival is a fun, relaxing and recreational experience for the whole family with free activities, including bat-themed crafts and games for kids, educational exhibits, bouncy huts provided by Space Walk and presentations by bat experts. All proceeds of the festival help support bat conservation and education programs. The festival is held at Lubee Bat Conservancy, a 110-acre ranch, located at 1309 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609. Admission is FREE for children ages 4 and under, $5 for ages 5-12 and $8 for ages 13 & up! We highly recommend grabbing your friends or family and carpooling! For more information, please email us at or
  • Gainesville Downtown Arts Festival - 11/11/2017
    North Florida’s art scene swings into high gear on Saturday , November 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the arrival of the highly acclaimed Downtown Festival & Art Show. The streets of historic downtown Gainesville, from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity complete with live music, performing arts and a spectacular array of food. More than 100,000 art lovers will fill the streets to enjoy and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork. The festival features 240 local and national artists displaying original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. Children can create their own art at the Imagination Station, a free hands-on art activity area including sidewalk-chalk drawing, painting, mask design, puppet creation, clay sculpting and interactive entertainment. For music lovers enjoy continuous, live entertainment on four stages by local bands, solo musicians and dance companies.
  • America Recycles Day - 11/15/2017
    This Fall, Take the #BeRecycled Pledge by Committing to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Buying Recycled!
  • Trashformations Recycled Art Show & Competition - 11/17/2017
    Annual student recycled art competition sponsored by Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, Office of Waste Alternatives and the Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival - 03/24/2018
    This is Gainesville's premier horticultural event. The Spring Garden Festival features about 175 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and, of course, foods.


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