SCF Venice to Celebrate Green Initiatives on Earth Day

(Bradenton, Fla., April 14, 2016) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), will host an Earth Day celebration April 22 at SCF Venice featuring a native plant sale, a lecture on native plantings and wildlife habitat, and an unveiling of the Green Team’s native plantings and opening of the wildlife area.

The Earth Day events begin with the native plant sale at 8 a.m. Gio Ijpkemeule, an extension agent and horticulturist with the Sarasota County Extension office, a part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will present the lecture at 11 a.m. The new wildlife area will be unveiled at noon, refreshments also will be offered.

Ijpkemeule, a native of Brazil, received her bachelor’s degree in agronomy From EARTH University in Costa Rica and her master’s degree in soil science from the University of Missouri. She also has a graduate certificate in wetland and water resource management from the University of Florida.

The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, a partnership to protect the natural environment from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven, provided a grant for the Native Wildlife Corridor at SCF Venice, which will be unveiled for Earth Day. Green Team chair Dr. Woody McCree, associate professor, art, design, humanities, led a team of students, faculty and staff who collaborated on the design and installation of the wildlife plantings.

The project will be used as a living classroom for future environmental ethics and biology students who will study the effects of the project on SCF’s ecosystem.

For more information, contact McCree at 941-408-1503 or For information about the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program contact Maran Hilgendorf at

SCF Green Team and Trekkers install the plantings in February.

SCF Green Team and Trekkers install the plantings in February.

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