November 14: Hundreds of Students to Lead Cleanup at Bolsa Chica State Beach
Orange County Coastkeeper to transform third to fifth graders into marine biologists for the day
WHAT: Nearly 300 students from underfunded schools in Orange County will experience environmental science outside of the classroom with a cleanup of Bolsa Chica State Beach. As part of Orange County Coastkeeper’s newest program, Kids Care, students from low-income communities will collect trash and participate in free, hands-on lessons at the beach about the impacts of coastal pollution.
WHY: For many schools in Orange County, distance from the coast or lack of funding makes it difficult to provide hands-on environmental education. According to Coastkeeper, children who interact with their natural environment grow up understanding its importance.
With Kids Care, Coastkeeper makes interactive marine education accessible for more students across Orange County. The program offers free transportation, supplies and coordination for coastal field trips to inspire the next generation to become ocean advocates and protect local waters.
- Third to fifth grade students from:
- Wilmore Elementary, Westminster School District
- Fryberger Elementary, Westminster School District
- Taft Elementary, Orange Unified School District
- Orange County Coastkeeper
- California State Coastal Conservancy
WHERE: Lifeguard tower 28, Bolsa Chica State Beach
- 17216 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach 92649
WHEN: Monday, November 14
- 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Kids arrive, leaders present a lesson on coastal pollution
- 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Students pick up trash and record on data cards
- After 10:45 a.m. – Group weighs collected trash and enjoys the beach