Clean the Beach. Help the Ocean. Feel Good.
Every month volunteers of all ages show up at the popular Santa Barbara beach. Armed with buckets, baskets, gloves, and a fierce desire to protect the environment they head down to the shoreline and spend an hour or two picking up trash.
“It’s mostly plastic.” says Mariana Cruz, Environmental Educator for Explore Ecology. “Every month, volunteers find Styrofoam, wrappers, cups, bags, dog poop, and tons of cigarette butts.”
Explore Ecology has been sponsoring beach clean ups at Arroyo Burro for over three years and in that time participants have picked up thousands of pieces of trash. These volunteers are proving that small actions on land can affect the health of our watersheds. They’re not only keeping Santa Barbara beaches clean, they’re also helping marine life that can choke on plastic debris.
Cruz, one of five educators at Explore Ecology explains, “Children as young as four have attended the clean ups with their families. High school students come every month and receive community service hours for their time. We ask everyone to keep track of what they find, so they’re are also collecting data that we use to educate the community.”
The next clean up is on November 11th, at 12-2:00 pm.
The South Coast Watershed Resource Center is open every second of the month from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Stop in before or after the clean up to watch films, do water testing, check out displays and see a watershed model demonstration.
Upcoming Beach Clean Ups and WRC Open Hours are: November 11, December 9, and January 13. Visit ExploreEcology.org for more information.