Environmental nonprofit group Heal the Bay announced its Earth Month events calendar for April 2022, which includes activities that protect clean water through science, advocacy, education, and community action.

The Santa Monica-based nonprofit has launched a series of volunteer opportunities for individuals, families and households, schools, businesses, and community organizations seeking to protect and improve our neighborhoods, coastal waters, rivers, creeks, and beaches.

Heal the Bay is hosting several hands-on events that will draw thousands of participants throughout the month of April. No special training or experience is required. Donations to Heal the Bay are encouraged at www.healthebay.org/earthmonth.

Plastic Pollution Happy Hour Advocacy Training – Virtual // Thursday, April 7, 4:30 – 5 p.m.

Heal the Bay’s Plastics Initiative team is hosting an advocacy event to provide information about current critical state bills and local policies that address the enormous plastic pollution issue. Attendees can participate in reducing plastic-related pollution in LA County and California by completing specific actions! Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/preview?eid=307173453067/

Volunteer Orientation Meetup – Virtual // Monday, April 11, 6:30pm – 8pm PST

Get an introduction to Heal the Bay, our current issues, and how you can take part in our exciting volunteer programs. Founded on the principle that one person can make a difference, Heal the Bay has empowered thousands of volunteers to improve their environment, and now you can make a difference too. Our Orientation is ideal for those who want to learn more about how to take part in our Beach, community science, and Aquarium programs. Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-volunteer-orientation-2022-virtual-event-tickets-264527377507

BioBlitz the Bay – In-person // Saturday, April 16, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Heal the Bay’s MPA Watch team is adventuring out to a Marine Protected Area for an early morning tidepool tour and bioblitz. Experts will instruct guests on how to safely observe and document wildlife while discovering more about local marine ecosystems. This event is an introduction to one of Heal the Bay’s most popular community science programs where volunteers take long walks on the beach to collect data and protect precious marine habitats. Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tidepool-bioblitz-training-registration-294329847497

Earth Month Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup – In-person // Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. – Noon PST

Heal the Bay’s big Earth Month cleanup helps to ensure safe, clean, and healthy local beaches! This Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanup is a meaningful opportunity for volunteers to directly improve the condition of our beaches while enjoying the outdoors. Cleanup supplies are provided and speakers will share ocean pollution facts and safety talks for people of all ages. This is Heal the Bay’s first Earth Month cleanup since 2019 – at that time, 1,072 volunteers picked up 271 pounds of trash and debris that would have otherwise entered our ocean. This year we are restricting capacity due to health and safety concerns from the pandemic. Please note: April’s cleanup location will be provided in a CONFIRMATION EMAIL after you complete the registration at Eventbrite. If the event says it is SOLD OUT, you can still come! Please bring your own gloves and buckets to participate in the cleanup. For those of you who can’t register because it is sold out, we will announce the location on the Eventbrite page a few days before the cleanup, so check back then to find out where Heal the Bay will be. Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-month-nothin-but-sand-beach-cleanup-april-2022-tickets-302889519707

Thank you to Heal the Bay’s April Nothin’ But Sand Sponsors: Don Francisco’s Coffee, Amalfi Estates, Interactive Brokers, ARES Management, and EarthDay.org

Heal the Bay Aquarium Free Beach Wheelchair Rentals – In-person // Saturday, April 16, 9:30 – 11 a.m. 

Need a Beach Wheelchair to enjoy some fun in the sun? Heal the Bay Aquarium has manual, beach wheelchairs available for FREE public rentals. Join Heal the Bay Aquarium staff for a guided beach exploration to learn more about the California coast and the thriving ecosystems we strive to protect. Visitor information: https://healthebay.org/beach-wheelchairs-santa-monica-pier/

Heal the Bay Aquarium Earth Month Celebration – In-person // Saturday, April 16, Noon – 4 p.m. 

The award-winning Heal the Bay Aquarium located at the Santa Monica Pier has programmed an afternoon filled with fun Earth Month activities. Featuring exciting exhibits and demonstrations, it’s a great way for the entire family to experience the Santa Monica Bay and observe the local animals that call it home. Visitor information: https://healthebay.org/aquarium/

Place, Power & Justice: Land Rematriation Now Panel – Virtual // Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Jointly hosted and co-moderated by Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples and Heal the Bay in honor of Earth Month, the panel includes experts and activists in the Land/Water Back and Rematriation Movement.The panel will be held via Zoom and streamed to Heal the Bay’s Facebook Live. Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panel-discussion-earth-month-2022-tickets-295435624907

Submitted by Talia Walsh