Heal the Bay Celebrates Earth Month with a Series of Volunteer Events
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Tuesday, April 6, 2016) –Environmental group Heal the Bay announced today that it is expanding the concept of Earth Day to Earth Month, participating in nearly four dozen events countywide throughout the month of April.
The Santa Monica-based nonprofit has designed a series of volunteer opportunities for schools, businesses and community organizations looking to protect and improve our neighborhoods, coastal waters, rivers, creeks and beaches.
Beyond providing education at more than 30 festivals and tablings, Heal the Bay is hosting several hands-on events that will draw thousands of participants throughout the month. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to attend the following events. No special training or experience is required. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at www.healthebay.org.
Saturday, April 16, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Santa Monica Pier
Last April, 1,400 volunteers picked up over 320 lbs. of trash that would have otherwise entered our ocean. We hope to better those totals this year at our massive cleanup just north of the Pier. Among the other enticements this year for volunteers:
- Participants earn same-day free admission to our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
- Free yoga lessons courtesy of CorePower Yoga.
- Free surf lessons for Heal the Bay members by our friends at AquaSurf
- Designer sandcastle competition, with celebrated engineering and architecture firm vying for one of three grand prizes. (There's still space for pros and non-pros to compete in this fee-based fundraising program.)
Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (under the carousel)
Our award-swimming Santa Monica Pier Aquarium has programmed an afternoon filled with free activities. Featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations, it’s a great way for the whole family to experience the Bay and see all the local animals that call it home.
Saturday, April 30; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Malibu Lagoon State Beach, 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
Don’t have a Ph.D. in a science field? You don’t need one to join other citizen scientists gathering valuable data in Los Angeles' threatened wetlands as part of our “Blitz the Bay” program, which allows citizen scientists to gather and record data about local wildlife.
Join us at Malibu Lagoon to record the biodiversity of this newly restored wetland habitat. We'll have experts on hand to help volunteers explore the lagoon, observe birds through binoculars, and learn about the plants and animals of our coastal wetlands. Participants need to download iNaturalist on their smartphones before heading out to the Blitz.
Monday, April 11, 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m.
1444 9th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Heal the Bay will hosting a special April Volunteer Orientation to discuss engagement opportunities and policy initiatives throughout the year. This orientation is ideal for those curious about our programs but unsure about which best fits their needs.