Heal the Bay has announced it will host a series of public Earth Month activities throughout April to provide fun, family-friendly opportunities to improve Southern California neighborhoods, shorelines and local rivers and creeks.

From volunteer trainings to beach cleanups to hands-on learning experiences at the Santa Monica Aquarium, ocean lovers across the Southland are invited to immerse themselves in a variety of public programs designed to foster deeper engagement with the local environment. The programs will offer advice on the positive steps local residents can take in their daily lives to be smarter about water in a time of severe drought.

Aquarium Orientation and Open House

Thursday, April 9, 6 – 6:45 p.m., Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk.

Love fish? Love people? Meet friendly Aquarium staff and learn about the amazing volunteer and internship opportunities available at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. RSVP at www.healthebay.org/secure/rsvp-aquarium-volunteer-orientation.

Heal the Bay Volunteer Orientation

Monday, April 13, 7 – 9 p.m., Heal the Bay’s main office, 1444 9th St.

Learn more about Heal the Bay, its mission and the many ways to get involved throughout the year. If you love clean water and clean beaches, become a regular volunteer to help protect local waterways. RSVP at www.healthebay.org/secure/rsvp-volunteer-orientation.

Earth Month Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup and Free Aquarium Day

Saturday April 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Santa Monica Beach.
Beach Cleanup: 10 a.m.-noon, Santa Monica Beach at Ocean Park, 2600 Barnard Way
Free Aquarium Day: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica

Join organizers for a fun day cleaning up Ocean Park Beach and gain free admission to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Open to all ages, this cleanup the Saturday before Earth Day offers a great opportunity for families and friends to come together for a good cause. Afterward, participants are treated to free admission to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium to enjoy interactive activities and a brand-new, hands-on exhibit. This event typically attracts more than 1,000 beach lovers.

Cleanup volunteers must be 13 years old or accompanied by an adult. As part of Heal the Bay’s Zero Waste initiative, participants are asked to bring their own buckets, gloves and reusable water bottles. RSVP at https://donate.healthebay.org/santa-monica/events/earth-month-2015-nothin-but-sand-beach-cleanup/e44436.

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