One of the most gratifying parts of our job at Heal the Bay is knowing that we are sparking a love of the ocean in kids of all ages. Through our Key to the Sea marine environmental education program we were able to bring approximately 9000 K-5 students to the beach in 2011-2012.
The program focuses on watersheds, the storm drain system, pollution prevention, the sandy beach habitat, and environmental stewardship. It includes engaging hands-on activities for students, including a field trip to the beach, as well as exciting professional development opportunities for teachers.
And we couldn’t have reached so many kids and teachers without the long-term support of the City of Long Beach Department of Public Works. Their funds will enable hundreds of elementary school-age students from the Long Beach Unified School District to participate in the Key to the Sea program in 2013. Thank you!
(We’re always searching for grantors to support our Key to the Sea program. If you would like to contribute, please send an e-mail or call 310.451.1500 x147.)
We’d also like to thank the employees of Ernst & Young, who brought their families to the beach in Santa Monica on November 3 and removed 23 pounds of trash!