25th anniversary of learning center continues with beach cleanup
By Jessica Tuggle
WABASSO -- Local beach front property will be saying bye-bye to bottles, cigarette butts and other debris during the Environmental Learning Center's Big Beach Cleanup this weekend.
On March 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the learning center will continue their year-long 25th anniversary celebration with a community-wide beach clean-up of Wabasso Beach.
The event is certainly a good opportunity to get the whole family together to participate in making the local environment a safer and cleaner place to be, said event co-chair Pat Casselberry.
Plastic bags, scraps of paper, bottle caps, and even fishing line are commonly found on the Indian River County coastline, and it just doesn't belong, so Penny Hill Beach Emporium on Wabasso Beach is teaming up with the learning center to encourage members of the community to invest in their environment.
The Environmental Learning Center's mission is to instill an understanding of the natural world through environmental education programs, and encourage people to be good stewards of surrounding natural resources, so a beach cleanup as a celebration of 25 years of promoting that mission is a perfect match.
"We are really hoping to have families out there with their children. The children come to the learning center and many times they are the ones that remind their parents of the things they learn at the ELC about the environment," Ms. Casselberry said.
Keep Indian River Beautiful will be providing pick up gloves, bags and "picker-uppers" to help participants with the debris removal. The Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal District will be providing a large garbage drop bin, she said.
When a participant returns with a full bag of beach trash, they will receive a special gift that includes an array of items including free passes to the Environmental Learning Center, memberships or a free canoe excursion, a press release said.
The first 50 people to register for the beach cleanup at Penny Hill Beach Emporium will receive a commemorative reusable acrylic cup and free drink refills for the rest of the day. On subsequent days, owners of the cups can receive a beverage at a discounted price.
Other upcoming 25th anniversary celebration events include a fishing tournament on April 13 in Sebastian.
The catch, photo and release lagoon "Birthday Bash" fishing tournament will be held on Bimini Beach at Captain Hiram's Resort.
For more information about upcoming anniversary celebrations for the Environmental Learning Center, visit www.discoverelc.org.