Coastal Cleanup Month: Events

Throughout the month of September, we’ll be hosting virtual events that will bring us together to explore the wonders of the diverse regions that make up the Los Angeles watershed.

  Check back for our schedule of Expert Panels, Educational Knowledge Drops, Special Curriculum, and Live Instagram chats featuring organizations working to make LA better for local communities and wildlife alike.

Instagram Live: Coastal Cleanup Month Wrap Up: Your Impact & What’s Next

Thursday, October 1 at 4:00 PM

Throughout the month of September, we saw the community come together across Los Angeles County to clean up our neighborhoods, trails, and beaches. Join us as we close out Coastal Cleanup Month by unveiling the data from the month, and learn how else you can get involved to protect our watersheds and coastline beyond September.


Panel: Mountains as Protected Spaces

Tuesday, September 8 at 6:00 PM

From the top of the mountains, our watersheds begin. The mountains around Los Angeles include the Santa Monica, Verdugo, and San Gabriel Mountains. These lands serve as important ecosystems for local flora and fauna, provide recreational activities, and are vital for the overall health of our community. While many of our mountain areas are protected, they are not immune from trash and other impacts. The panelists will discuss the importance of mountains as open spaces as well as efforts to protect, restore, and connect people to our local mountains.


Instagram Live: Kelly Malka

Wednesday, September 2 at 12:00 PM

Meet Kelly Malka (@bykellymalka), the local artist behind the 2020 Coastal Cleanup Month illustration. Tune in to hear about Kelly’s journey as an artist, how she uses art to spread messages about environmental and social change, and her personal connection with Heal the Bay.


Instagram Live: CCM Kickoff with Jessa Calderon

Saturday, September 5 at 4:00 PM

Jessa Calderon (@jessa_songwriter1) joins us to officially kick off Coastal Cleanup Month. Jessa is of the Chumash and Tongva Nations of Southern California and will open our event with reverence and respect through a land acknowledgment. 

Instagram Live: California Coastal Commission

Tuesday, September 8 at 12:00 PM

California Coastal Commission has been organizing the state’s Coastal Cleanup efforts for 36 years. Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager, will join us to introduce the new concept for 2020 and tell us about the efforts taking place all over California.


Download Our Educational Curriculum!

Our educational curriculum incorporates stories, art, reading comprehension, and math to teach students in grades 4-8 about the value of keeping our local habitats safe, healthy, and clean. In this week’s curriculum, we focus on topics that heavily affect our wild mountains: an honest history of how we preserved our wild places, climate change, wildfires, and plastic pollution. This curriculum is modular and each activity can be performed on its own.


Gotitas del Saber: arroyos de las montañas de Santa Mónica

9 del septiembre a las 5:30 PM

Explore los arroyos de las montañas de Santa Mónica con Heal the Bay. Las montañas de Santa Mónica albergan el parque nacional urbano más grande del mundo, así como hermosos arroyos y especies de animales geniales. Exploraremos animales que viven en los arroyos, con un enfoque en anfibios y macroinvertebrados bentónicos (¡insectos!). También discutiremos las amenazas que enfrentan los arroyos y animales acuáticos dentro de ellos.


Knowledge Drop: Streams of the Santa Monica Mountains

Thursday, September 10 at 5:30 PM

Explore the streams of the Santa Monica Mountains with biologist Katherine Pease. The Santa Monica Mountains are home to the largest urban national park in the world as well as many beautiful streams and cool creatures. We will explore animals that live in the streams, with a focus on amphibians and benthic macroinvertebrates (bugs!), and discuss threats to streams and the aquatic animals within them.


Panel: Rethinking Infrastructure: Moving Beyond Extraction to Community Health

Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 PM

We need nature to survive, and our water sources are integral to community health. From the mountains, through our streets, rivers, and channels, and eventually down to the ocean, our watershed connects us throughout LA County. How does our built environment affect the health of our waterways and communities? Hear from our panelists on how we can better protect our neighborhoods and improve the health of our communities.


Instagram Live: Urban Farms LA

Tuesday, September 15 at 12:00 PM

Sophie Pennes founded Urban Farms LA (@urbanfarmsla) to empower people to live healthier, more sustainable lives. Tune in to hear about her journey creating edible home gardens, how urban gardening helps the environment, and the best plants to grow in LA. 


Instagram Live: Pela Case

Wednesday, September 16 at 12:00 PM

Kate Wilson, VP of Marketing at Pela Case (@pelacase), will join us to discuss the effects of plastic pollution and how we can move to more sustainable alternatives.


Instagram Live: TreePeople

Friday, September 18 at 12:00 PM

TreePeople (@treepeople_org) has the goal of uniting trees, people, and nature-based solutions to grow a more climate-ready planet. Luis Rodriguez and Heal the Bay will discuss their LA programs aimed at conserving water and educating communities about their water rights.


Download Our Educational Curriculum!

Our Rivers, Creeks, and Neighborhoods curriculum aims to incorporate stories, art, reading comprehension, and physical activities to teach kids in grades 4-8 about the value of keeping our local habitats safe, healthy, and clean. In this week’s curriculum, we focus on topics that heavily affect our rivers, creeks, and urban neighborhoods: plastic pollution, water conservation, and climate change. This curriculum is modular and each activity can be performed on its own.


Gotitas del Saber: Heal the Bay’s Calificaciones del Río

16 del septiembre a las 5:30 PM

¿Se pregunta si es seguro nadar en un río o playa local? Conozca el Boletín de calificaciones de Rio de Heal the Bay, una herramienta para ayudar a informar al público sobre las condiciones de la calidad del agua en el agua dulce. Cubriremos por qué la calidad del agua es importante para la salud pública, de dónde proviene la contaminación y qué puede hacer para proteger nuestros ríos y playas.


Knowledge Drop: River Water Quality and Recreation

Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 PM

Ever wondered if it’s safe to swim in a local river or waterfall? Join Heal the Bay scientist, Annelisa to learn about Heal the Bay’s River Report Card, a tool to help inform the public about water quality conditions in freshwater. We’ll cover why water quality is important to public health, how we monitor water quality, and how we translate that information into red, yellow, and green ratings for the public, as well as ways to participate in Coastal Cleanup Month!


Panel: From Source to Sea: A Deep Dive into Trash-Free Water

Tuesday, September 22 at 6:00 PM

Who is responsible for the trash that litters our neighborhoods, rivers, beaches, and ocean? The blame frequently gets placed on people who litter, but we have to consider the broader issue of waste management. Through the Clean Water Act, cities are responsible for the trash (and other pollution) that makes its way from streets to the ocean through the storm drain system. LA was actually the first region in California to implement a zero-trash policy in our rivers – a goal we have not yet achieved. Hear from our panelists about how trash is regulated, who is responsible, and if regulations are working.


Instagram Live: Cadence

Tuesday, September 22 at 12:00 PM

Stephanie Hon, Founder & CEO of Cadence (@keepyourcadence), joins us to discuss the impact of plastic on our environment, specifically our beaches and ocean, and how we are working to combat this issue.


Instagram Live: Marine Mammal Care Center

Wednesday, September 23 at 12:00 PM

Amber Becerra is the President of MMCC Los Angeles (@marinemammalcare), a hospital for seals and sea lions that strand on LA beaches due to illness, injury, and malnutrition. Tune in to learn about how plastic, trash, and waste affect these pinnipeds and other wildlife in our oceans.


Instagram Live: Tyler Chanel

Friday, September 25 at 12:00 PM

Tyler Chanel is the ethical blogger behind Thrifts and Tangles (@thriftsandtangles), a space that secondhand shopping and sustainability. Join us as we have a conversation around how protecting our planet begins from our own home.


Gotitas del Saber: Muelles de pesca visitados por el equipo de Angler Outreach Program de Heal the Bay

23 del septiembre a las 5:30 PM

El objetivo del Angler Outreach Program es educar a los pescadores sobre esta contaminación y compartir qué peces deben evitarse. Venga a aprender más con nuestro gerente de Angler Outreach Program, Frankie Orrala. ¿Qué muelles de pesca visita su equipo?


Knowledge Drop: How to Protect our Coastal Resources and People

Thursday, September 24 at 5:30 PM

Join us to learn about what happens to trash once it reaches our beaches, how it affects our wildlife, and how contaminants in the water can affect people, too. It’s the final week of Coastal Cleanup Month, so learn how you can join Heal the Bay’s efforts and help protect what you love.




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