Celebrate Earth Day at Vizcaya; recycle your electronic goods


vizcaya-museum-and-gardens-earth-day [dropcap]V[/dropcap]isitors who have been anywhere along Miami’s shoreline know there is a lot of trash washing up, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is no exception.

Imagine Vizcaya staff’s surprise when they realized they were becoming detectives, trying to figure out where the trash comes from and how to stop it.

This Earth Day, Wednesday, Apr. 22, join Vizcaya, the University of Miami’s Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) team and staff from the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science for some trash talk, brain dumps and a good time.

Learn about the science CARTHE is undertaking to understand how the tides impact where trash lands, discuss the Virginia Key restoration project with folks from the science museum and walk with Vizcaya staff along our mangrove shoreline to see, first hand, how trash impacts us all.

Admission for members is $7 for adults and $3 for children 6-12. and admission for non-members is $10 for adults and $6 for children 6-12. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or on-site from 6 to 7 p.m.

In celebration of Earth Day, Vizcaya has teamed with E-Scrap Inc. On Apr. 22, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., visitors can drop off and recycle their electronic goods in the Ticket Booth Piazza area.

The ConSerVations: Trash Detectives is eligible for Culture Shock Miami discounts, a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs designed to introduce this next generation of audience members to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own decisions about entertainment options. For just $5, high school and college students (ages 13-22) can visit Vizcaya with a guest.

Vizcaya’s original owner, James Deering (1859-1925), was an environmentalist. In 1914, he made an unusual decision for his time by deciding to locate Vizcaya’s Main House directly on Biscayne Bay, specifically preserving the rockland hammock (native forest). The conversations on conservation series exposes visitors to Vizcaya’s subtropical surroundings and ideally inspires visitors to continue Deering’s legacy of environmental preservation.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering to engage the community and its visitors in learning through the arts, history and the environment. Built between 1914 and 1922, Vizcaya is one of the most intact remaining examples from this era in United States history, when the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs built lavish estates inspired by the stately homes of Europe.

For more information, visit www.vizcaya.org or call 305-250- 9133.

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