Nearly 50 involvement opportunities organized throughout L.A. County
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (March 29, 2012) –Environmental group Heal the Bay announced today that it is expanding the concept of Earth Day to Earth Month, participating in nearly 50 events countywide throughout the month of April.
The Santa Monica-based nonprofit has designed a series of outreach programs for schools, businesses and community organizations looking to protect and improve our neighborhoods, coastal waters, rivers, creeks and beaches.
Beyond providing education at many festivals and tablings, Heal the Bay is hosting several volunteer events that will draw thousands of participants on Earth Day weekend (April 21- 22) and throughout the month. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to attend the following events. Pre-register at www.healthebay.org
Volunteer Orientation, April 9, 7-9 p.m.
Learn more about Heal the Bay, our mission, and the many involvement opportunities throughout the year. If you love the beach, you can help protect it by becoming a volunteer. Held at Heal the Bay’s main office in Santa Monica.
Malibu Creek Restoration, April 14, 8:45 a.m.-noon
Heal the Bay is partnering with the Mountains Restoration Trust to restore areas of Malibu Creek State Park. Invasive plants have negative impacts on natural habitats, so removing them is vital for a healthy watershed. Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while protecting Malibu Creek and its many tributaries.
Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup in Santa Monica, April 21, 10 a.m.-noon
Our monthly Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanups are open to all. The Earth Day cleanup at Santa Monica Beach at the end of Ocean Park Boulevard, is a great opportunity for you and your friends to get involved. We also offer community service hours to those who need to fulfill them. Volunteers must be 13 years old or accompanied by an adult. Bags and gloves will be provided.
Ian Somerhalder, star of The Vampire Diaries will be joining the cleanup in collaboration with the California Coastal Commission, Heal the Bay and Whole Foods Market on the Get Dirty Where You Live, Work & Play Earth Day 2012 Initiative.
Kayak and Beach Cleanup in Malibu, April 21, 9-11 a.m.
Join Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and the City of Malibu for a joint beach and kayak cleanup of iconic Surfrider Beach. Representatives from REI will be leading the kayak cleanup and offering kayaking tips, while Heal the Bay will manage the beach cleanup.
Earth Day Weekend at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, April 21-22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The weekend-long festivities feature special presentations and activities for all ages and an offer of free admission to everyone who first cleans the beach. In addition to learning how to make every day Earth Day and lessen your impact on the ocean environment, there is always the opportunity to touch live animals and check the more than 100 species exhibited – all marine life found in the Santa Monica Bay.
About Heal the Bay
Heal the Bay is a non-profit environmental organization making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. We use science, education, community action and advocacy to pursue our mission.
Contact: Matthew King, Heal the Bay, (310) 451-1500, x 137; cell (310) 463-6266