Earth Watch: EcoFest

- Their motto is simple. Every day is Earth Day at the Learning Gate Community School in Lutz.

“A lot of schools don't compost or recycle,” said 3rd Grader Mariana Duran.

“We have gardens and our lights in each classroom if there isn't much movement they turn off to save energy,” said 3rd Grader Keller McCloud.

The school encourages the Tampa Bay community to go green at the 7th annual Ecofest Saturday. They’ve partnered with the City of Tampa and the USF Patel College of Sustainability.

“The beauty of Ecofest is that we bring all the sustainable businesses, practices nonprofits in the area together for one day to celebrate Earth Day,” said Michele Northrup Marketing Coordinator at the Learning Gate Community School.

“Families come and most of these families don't come to the school and learn what you learn,” Duran said.

Learn how to be eco-friendly at one of the sustainable workshops. 150 local vendors will be on hand too.

“We also have a new thing this year called trash the bag where we will be doing crafts with recycled bags,” said Northrup.

“We recycle plastic and we actually reuse it,” said Duran.

“Doing everything that may be good for the Earth. Trying to stop global warming, eating more organic foods,” McCloud explained.

Ecofest is at the Lowry Park Bandshell in Tampa Saturday from 10 AM-3 PM. It’s free to attend and family-friendly.

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