Media Advisory                              

For Release:  May 7, 2007                                                      
Contact:  Maggie Donovan-Kaloust, Friends of the Dunes (707) 444-1397 or
                Jeff Fontana, Bureau of Land Management, (530) 252-5332

Ocean Day - Kids’ Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

What: Approximately 1,000 elementary students from Humboldt County will hit the beach for the 14th Annual Ocean Day Kids’ Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup. In preparation for the event, participating students will learn about the fragile nature of native sand dune habitat and of the oceans through classroom presentations conducted by the local event organizer, Friends of the Dunes in partnership with the Arcata Field office of the Bureau of Land Management.

After a beach cleanup and removal of non-native grasses, they will “take a stand in the sand” and form a huge human design showing a gray whale and a “PROTECT” message to make their voices heard about the need to protect coastal habitats and the animals that live there.

When:  Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
             Cleanup & non-native grass removal: 9:30 am-11:30am
             Aerial art formation:  11:30 a.m. – noon?

Where: South Spit of the Humboldt Bay on Hookton Road south of Eureka.  First exit off Highway 101 south of Exit 698 for College of the Redwoods.

Who: The Ocean Day Kids' Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup is organized locally by Friends of the Dunes, a community-based non-profit organization, along with the Arcata Field office of the Bureau of Land Management.  The program was created in 1994 by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education and is organized statewide by the California Coastal Commission.

Photo Ops:  Event organizers will be available on the beach from 8am. on.  Buses full of elementary school children will be arriving at 9:30 a.m.  At noon, the children will stand in formation for the giant whale design and “PROTECT” message, creating a great aerial photo.  For photos of last year’s event, check: