The University of Florida, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), seeks volunteers to participate in coastal cleanup events on St. George Island on Saturday, Feb. 8, and on St. Joseph Peninsula on Sunday, Feb. 9.


The University of Florida, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), seeks volunteers to participate in coastal cleanup events on St. George Island on Saturday, Feb. 8, and on St. Joseph Peninsula on Sunday, Feb. 9.  These beaches provide important resources for nesting shorebirds and sea turtles as well as our local economy, and by volunteering for these cleanup efforts to remove unsightly and harmful trash and debris, you can help improve our valuable coastal habitats.  Volunteers will also document the amount and types of items they pick up on the beach to determine sources of coastal debris to help reduce and prevent its adverse impacts on our beaches.  If you are interested in volunteering for these cleanup events or have any questions, please e-mail Jessica McKenzie at sjpturtlepatrol@gmail.com.



St. George Island Coastal Cleanup



When:  Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. EST (or until all sections of beach have been covered)



Where:  Meet at the St. George Lighthouse parking lot, located at 2 East Gulf Beach Drive



What to Bring:  Dress appropriately for weather and walking (trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided)



St. Joseph Peninsula Coastal Cleanup



When:  Sunday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. EST (or until all sections of beach have been covered)



Where:  Meet at Cape Palms Park, located just south of Rish Park



What to Bring:  Dress appropriately for weather and walking (trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided)