September 8, 2010
- Coastal Cleanup
- Family Fun
- Upcoming DEC Events
New York State's thousands of miles of beaches, rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands support our fish and wildlife species and provide recreational opportunities. Each year, thousands of New Yorkers get together on a Saturday afternoon in September to clean up these ecologically important coastlines. The International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the American Littoral Society (littoral means the physical area between low and high tide), is a volunteer, grassroots effort to remove and document debris and garbage from the shores of oceans, streams, lakes, rivers, ponds and canals throughout the world.
In 2009, more than 10,000 volunteers cleaned up 144,837 pounds of debris along 326 miles of New York State's shoreline. The effort isn't limited to our ocean coastline either. Volunteers help clean up numerous rivers, the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes, even creeks and bays. Nearly half of the state's counties had an organized event last year; you probably live within a few hours' drive of one of the locations.
-To clean the beach and learn what kind of garbage is out there
-To help scientists use your data to develop strategies for fighting pollution
-To get more people involved in solving the problem of pollution
-To learn to appreciate the environment
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Coming to a Beach Near You
The International Coastal Cleanup is an event that the entire family can be a part of and a great way to introduce children to environmental stewardship. This year's event is scheduled for September 25, 2010. At each location, a "beach captain" chosen from local environmental groups, schools, scout leaders, corporations, divers and civic associations will lead the cleanup. Get your family, friends, schoolmates or team members together to spend a day helping to clean up our shorelines. Bring work gloves, a hat and sunscreen, and dress to get dirty. Make a contest out of who finds the most, largest, grossest or weirdest piece of garbage. Some of last year's finds included: a basketball hoop, a dog bed, a television and a hunter's tree stand, to name a few.
Cleanup sites for 2010 are listed on the American Littoral Society's website. You can also call the Beach Cleanup Hotline at 800-449-0790, or, for assistance in forming a cleanup team of your own, contact beach cleanup coordinator Barbara Cohen by e-mail, or call her at 718-471-2166.
For the Landlubbers
If you prefer dry land, September 25 is also National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. In 2009, 150,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, planted trees and restored our water resources. The National Public Lands Day website has a listing of cleanup events.
Read Conservationist for Kids for more information and activities!
Family Program: Open Barn
Saturday, September 11 and 18 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Woodland Trail Stroll for All Ages and Abilities (Hudson River Ramble Series)
Saturday, September 11 at 10:00 AM
Saturday Afternoon Guided Nature Walk
Saturday, September 11 and 18 at 2:00 PM
Watchable Wildlife along the Freedom Trail (Hudson River Ramble Series)
Saturday, September 18 at 10:00 AM
Saturday, September 11 at 2:00 PM
Family Fun: Give a Hoot!
Saturday, September 18 at 10:00 AM
Watchable Wildlife: Monarchs
Saturday, September 18 at 2:00 PM
Legends and Lore of the Pine Bush
Sunday, September 12 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Call 518-456-0655 to register. Cost: $2.00/person, $5.00/family, children under 5 free.
Advance registration is required. Call 607-674-4017.
Rexford Falls Gorge Exploration
Saturday, September 11 from 10:00 AM to Noon
Watchable Wildlife: Getting Ready for Winter
Saturday, September 11 at 1:30 PM
Rogers on the Road: Whaupaunaucau State Forest Hike
Saturday, September 18 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Fall Flowers at Adams Farm
Saturday, September 18 at 1:30 PM
Advance registration is required. Call 716-683-5959.
Thursdays, September 9 and 16 at 4:30 PM
For children in grades K-5.
Saturday, September 11 at 10:30 AM
10th Annual Fall Festival
Saturday, September 18 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM