Earth Day is observed around the world each year on Tuesday, April 22. But why stop there? Heal the Bay and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium cordially invite you to clear your dance card for a calendar-full of cleanups, contests and craft activities to keep Earthlings of all kinds partying for the planet all month long.
Thursday, April 3 | 6 - 6:45 pm Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Volunteer Orientation & Open House Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica
Are you gaga for gobies? Do you daydream about dogfish? Ramble on about rays? If so, consider sharing your passion for the ocean with visitors to our Aquarium as a treasured volunteer or intern.
Saturday, April 12 | 9 - 11:30am Habitat Restoration at Leo Carrillo State Park Leo Carrillo State Park, 35000 West Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
Help restore Malibu’s Arroyo Sequit creek for endangered Southern California steelhead trout while enjoying the scenery at this beautiful state park. Volunteers will focus on uprooting invasive plant species from areas along the creek, benefiting freshwater fish as well as marine life. Learn more.
Monday, April 14 | 7 - 9 p.m. Heal the Bay Volunteer Orientation Heal the Bay HQ, 1444 9th Street, Santa Monica
Do you care about the the health of the ocean and our local waterways and want to protect them? Attend this orientation and learn all about Heal the Bay and our Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanups, Habitat Restorations, Community Outreach programs and Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Founded on the principle that one person can make a difference, Heal the Bay has empowered over 100,000 volunteers to improve their environment and communities. With a wide variety of options, there's a perfect way for you to get involved and volunteer. Sign up today!
Saturday, April 26 | All day by the Pier Earth Day, Observed!
9 am - 12:30 pm | Designer Sandcastle Competition Santa Monica Pier, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica
Armchair architects and professional designers alike will square off in the return of this beloved beachfront competition. Sandcastle teams will compete for top honors to be awarded by a panel of celebrity judges, including Single Mom’s Club star Amy Smart, HGTV host Carter Oosterhouse and Mina Chow, a professor at USC's School of Architecture. Think your team has what it takes? A smaller-scale competition for families and other would-be builders will be open to the public later in the afternoon, with prizes awarded in a variety of categories.
10 am - 12 pm | Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup North side of Santa Monica Pier (look for the Heal the Bay tents and flags to register
Thousands of beach-lovers will converge in Santa Monica at Heal the Bay’s biggest cleanup of the year. Open to all ages, this Earth Day tradition is a great opportunity for families and friends to have good, clean fun while preserving a vital resource. Volunteers must be 13 years old or accompanied by an adult. As part of Heal the Bay’s Zero Waste initiative, participants are asked to bring their own buckets and gloves. Community service hours available. RSVP here.
11 am - 5 pm | Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Earth Day Open House & Photographer Talk 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica
Heal the Bay thanks its Nothin’ But Sand volunteers by offering free admission to our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium for all participants. Featuring over 100 species of Santa Monica Bay natives and a smorgasbord of kid-friendly craft activities, the Aquarium is a great place to learn about our local beaches, rivers and creeks. At 2 p.m. in the Dorothy Green Room, renowned underwater photographer Richard Salas will captivate audiences with stories and photographs from the deep.
Noon - 2 pm | Family Sandcastle Competition Santa Monica Pier, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica
Bring your pint-sized pail-wielders to this kinder, gentler version of the Designer Sandcastle Competition held earlier in the day. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories.Special thanks to Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds initiative for their sponsorship!
Heal the Bay's Earth Day activities are generously sponsored by Time Warner Cable's Connect A Million Minds Initiative