California Earth Day at Beach Growing in Size & Scope



Earth Day celebrations have been held throughout April in California, and at the beach, every day and week is Earth Day. This year the focus has grown more and more to encompass kids in programs promoting awareness, education, and hands-on learning.


From San Francisco to San Diego, Earth Day is celebrated with beach clean-ups. In Santa Barbara where Earth Day began, a huge community event invites the public to attend and learn about new forms of energy, conservation, and a variety of topics in a fun, festive environment at a city park.


On the Central Coast, a wine festival complete with food sampling is held annually in Santa Margarita near Paso Robles. Locally crafted wines are served with fresh produce grown locally.


In Southern California many beach clean-ups are held to commemorate a day that was launched after a huge oil spill in Santa Barbara created an outcry by the public for environmental activism and awareness.


In Huntington Beach, several nonprofit organizations celebrate Earth Day annually. Ohana Day was an event that combined the efforts of the Huntington Beach/ Seal Beach Surfrider Foundation to teach kids water safety in Seal Beach.  Huntington Beach additionally offered monthly wetlands tours at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (presented by the docent members of Bolsa  Chica Land Trust), and the city's trash service provider, Rainbow Disposal,  also hosted an expo in which citizens could wear gloves and stand at a conveyor belt, actually sorting  recyclable bottles from the refuse that comes into the facility.


High school and college students are invited to an Earth Day event at Bolsa Chica State Beach Visitors Center sponsored by the Amigos de Bolsa Chica. It will be held May 9, 2009, and will offer students the opportunity to become involved in the group's volunteer program. For the cost of $10 which pays for parking admission to the state beach, each attendee will be given a one year membership to the Amigos de Bolsa Chica club, refreshments, and a lively and entertaining morning. For more information, call (714) 840-1574 or visit




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