“California State Parks welcomes the opportunity to partner with the private sector and Keep California Beautiful to promote the value of recycling plastics and other materials.”
- Ruth Coleman, State Parks Director
In 2010, with the second half of a two-year grant from ACC, The California Department of Parks and Recreation, through its San Diego Coast District Office, continued its Children’s Environmental Program, in an effort to re-connect more San Diego-area school-aged children with its parks and beaches. The goal of this education program is to promote and instill a positive environmental ethic at a young age and to ensure a real and lasting awareness of the importance of the environment and recycling into adulthood.
Many education program activities are centered around beach clean ups on state beaches in the San Diego area. In 2010, the program expanded to include presentations on the re-use and recycling of plastics to local classrooms (during the school year), interpretive beach and trail walks (with an emphasis on litter prevention and recycling), and summer Junior Ranger Programs.
The expanded program reached more than 12,000 young people in 25 communities, who participated in 58 beach cleanups and collected 5,964.1 pounds (more than two tons) of waste.