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Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5736
Channel Islands National Park invites the public to celebrate Earth Day with a special beach cleanup on April 22, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, at Ventura Harbor.
Each year, the national park sponsors this event to clean the Ventura Harbor Cove and Surfer’s Knoll beaches, in an effort to give back to the community and to encourage volunteerism.
Between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm, volunteers will be able to sign up and start cleaning at either the park visitor center or at a station at the Surfer’s Knoll parking lot. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own buckets and gloves to use. This event is open to all ages.
Local company Amgen, Inc. has supported the park’s cleanup events for the past eight years. This year, nonprofit Channel Islands Restoration will join this partnership for the first time. At the park’s 2016 cleanup, almost 450 volunteers donated over 1,000 hours of their time to help clean and protect the harbor’s beaches.
For families, there will also be a children’s activity station at the park visitor center, where kids will be able to participate in crafts and the park’s Junior Ranger program.
At 11:00 am, a park ranger will discuss marine adaptations and ocean stewardship at the visitor center’s marine life exhibit, which features species found in the waters that surround the Channel Islands.
About Amgen, Inc.
Amgen strives to serve patients by transforming the promise of science and biotechnology into therapies that have the power to restore health or save lives. Their mission is to serve patients and to be the world leader in developing and delivering important, cost-effective therapeutics based on advances in cellular and molecular biology. To learn more, visit: amgen.com
About Channel Islands Restoration
Channel Islands Restoration protects rare and endangered plants and animals by restoring habitat in sensitive and unique natural areas on the California Channel Islands and adjacent mainland. To learn more, visit: cirweb.org