Looking for some good clean fun this weekend? Keep Onslow Beautiful is offering up two locations to come out and join your friends and neighbors for a beach cleanup.
Beach cleanups are not only fun and educational, but they are extremely rewarding. By cleaning the beach near where you live, you add value to your community and are restoring your community environment.
If that doesn’t totally grab your attention enough to mark this Saturday on your calendar, they are also offering SAT credit hours for high schoolers and if you arrive early enough you can receive a free Earth and Surf Fest t-shirt while supplies last. They also promise fresh salty air and free sand foot exfoliation.
These events will be held in North Topsail Beach and Hammocks Beach State Park on Saturday, May 9th.
Supplies can be picked up from 9:30am-11am at the North Topsail Beach town park picnic tables near the tennis courts. The cleanup lasts as long as you would like to take. Take a 15 minute stroll or spend all day collecting debris and tracking trends. It’s all up to you.
The other cleanup location will be held at Hammocks Beach State Park and supplies can be picked up from 10am until noon at the park’s office and ferry ticket booth. Ferry fees do apply, but this is a cool opportunity if you have never been.
Hammocks Beach is a great way to escape from the norm and see an island of unspoiled beach that is free of development. Be sure to bring the whole family and make a day of it. This cleanup will be a pack-in, pack-out event meaning that all debris collected will come back with you on the ferry.
Keep Onslow Beautiful committee members will be showcasing how to use the very popular Marine Debris Tracker App that you can down for free on your smart phone. It is a cool way to track the debris you pickup no matter where you are. It automatically tracks your location and I personally find it very competitive (find me at username treehuggerlisa).
“Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow. Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats.
Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest marine debris or become entangled in marine debris, which may lead to injury, intestinal blockage, and death. Marine debris is an Eastern North Carolina concern not only because of the threats to our native wildlife, our ecosystem and our own health, but it also washes up on beaches and shorelines degrading the environment, and effecting our local economy and tourism. ” — NC Marine Debris Symposium
See you there!!