Volunteering at Earth Day in Marina
By Justin Ebrahemi, Chapter Intern
On April 14, nearly 300 residents of Monterey County gathered to honor a tradition that began over 40 years ago. Marina celebrated Earth Day early this year beside the duck pond at the lovely Locke-Paddon Park, owned by the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District.
While tabling for the Ventana Chapter, I played environmental question and answer games with children and oftentimes they knew more about native species than I did! Many adults were ecstatic to receive a list of our sponsored hikes and copies of our maps and trail guides. This popular family event was largely organized by Chapter ExCom member Natalie Zayas and Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado.
A highlight of the event was a park beautification project. Volunteers of all ages removed non native ice plant while listening to the sweet folky tunes of Bag O’ Tricks. Marina’s Earth Day festival was a great way to spend a Saturday and I’m glad I was able to help.
Elated volunteers showcase their success by holding up the pesky ice plant they have removed! Photo: Steve Zmak
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