The benefits of cleaning the beach are obvious; a cleaner environment for all to enjoy, and less trash in the ocean to harm both the marine habitat and the animals that live there. But on April 16th and 17th, cleaning the beach brings an added benefit, free admission to Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium!
Our Aquarium is celebrating Earth Month with a weekend-long festival. We'll have presentations and activities for all ages, and we'll offer free admission to everyone who first cleans up the beach with us. The Aquarium will be open from 11am to 6 pm both days. Beach cleanups are scheduled will be ongoing both days between 11am and 2:30pm. Meet us in front of the Aquarium to receive supplies and a safety talk before you start cleaning. All participants must sign a waiver; forms are available online and will be available at the Aquarium.
Heal the Bay's Earth Day events, including the Aquarium's weekend celebration, are sponsored by SoCal Honda Dealers this year. They will be handing out free reusable water bottles at our events and a donation will be made to Heal the Bay on each recipient’s behalf.
Inside the Aquarium, you'll find face painting, story times, scavenger hunts and crafts projects for children, displays, films, presentations, and activities focusing on shark conservation. Visitors can also check out marine life off the west end of the Pier at a wildlife observation station, equipped with binoculars and field guides, and staffed by Aquarium naturalists.
More information is online or call 310-393-6149. Admission is free for children under 13 when accompanied by an adult; for all others admission is $3, with a suggested $5 donation. Groups of 10 or more are $2 per person.
But remember, cleaning the beach gets you in free!