What happens when trash hits the splash?

What happens when trash hits the splash? As we all enjoy the beautiful Gulf of Mexico waters and beaches, we are also facing an enormous challenge - trash in our oceans. It is having devastating effects on our sea and wildlife, our beaches, our local economies and our human health.

From March 30 – April 7, the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve is hosting the Splash Trash Tour to promote dialogue and action around trash in our oceans and what we can do to make a difference. The Tour features the Splash Trash Pop Up Show – a travelling gallery of charming artwork made from beach trash and an interactive hands-on exhibit fun for all ages.

Environmental communicator, Bette Booth, was devastated when she saw the trash in the ocean and on the beaches on a recent dive vacation. When she learned how prolific and profound this global problem was, she created the Splash Trash Tour to promote dialogue and action about trash in our oceans and what we can do to make a difference. The Tour includes the arts-based interactive Pop Up Show, presentations to local groups and work with schools and youth.

Special Events include:

• Trash in the Oceans and You – April 6, 10-11 a.m. ET: What is the status of plastic trash in our oceans and what can we do to make a difference? Is recycling the answer? Is ocean clean-up technology the answer? Join Splash Trash creator, Bette Booth, in this interactive presentation to learn the answers to these and many other questions about trash in our oceans.

 

• Splash Trash Family Day Saturday, April 1 – 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET. Join artist Bette Booth while she is making a new art piece – “Catch of the Day”.

This is the final stop on the Splash Trash 2017 Florida Tour and the response has been overwhelming. As one visitor summarized, “Everyone needs to see this show. The message is that important.” Another commented, “It’s beautiful. It’s disturbing. It’s inspiring.”

Splash Trash Tour Hours

March 31: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

April 1: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

April 3 – 6: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

April 7: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

St. Joseph Bay State Buffer & Aquatic Preserves Center is located at 3915 State Rd. 30A in Port St. Joe.