Published: Apr 22, 2010 11:03 AM EDT

Lee County, Fla.-Thursday, April 22nd marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.  There are several Earth Day events going on around the area.

Verizon Wireless wants to help you honor the earth and at the same time, help victims of domestic violence.  You can recycle old cell phones at any nearby verizon store.  They will be refurbished and donated to domestic violence shelters.

Goodwill is celebrating the day by helping you fight identity theft and be kind to mother nature.  It's hosting a shred day at their North Fort Myers facility on Bayline Drive.  It starts at 9 am and ends at 4 pm.  Anything you bring will be destroyed.  All of the scraps get recycled into other paper products.

Littleton Elementary will be dedicating an "Outdoor Learning Center" for not only students but for the community to come and take educational hikes through part of Florida's ecosystem.

With help from the Division of Forestry, they've created a system of trails through a gopher tortoise habitat.

We're told Littleton is the first school in Florida to have something like this on campus.

In Charlotte County, a group of art students from Port Charlotte High have a unique art collection on display.

The students created their work using at least 50-percent recycled materials.

The class entered about 70 pieces and then judged and picked the best 25 or so to hang in the display.

You can see these at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Charlotte on Thursday from 10 am until 2 pm.

Down in Estero, the Koreshan State Park is hosting its annual earth day celebration coming up this weekend.

The 9th annual festival will include environmental presentations, free kayak rides and live music throughout the day.

That's on Saturday.