Earth Month With Heal the Bay

Guess what month it is?

That’s right, April is Earth Month! Heal the Bay’s got you covered with a roster of volunteer opportunities and events happening at the beach, our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and all around the Southland. Join us!


Earth Month Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup

Do you like trashy beaches? Neither do we! Everyone’s invited to lend a hand (or two) this Saturday to join our amazing group of volunteers helping keep our beaches clean. Participants earn free admission to our Aquarium that afternoon.

When: Saturday, April 18th, 10am-12pm
Where: Santa Monica Beach at the end of Ocean Park Blvd, 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica


Earth Day Celebration at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

After participating in the beach cleanup, mosey on up to our Aquarium under the Pier–you’ve earned free admission for the day! Featuring hands-on activities, demonstrations and an all-new exhibit, it’s a great way for the whole family to conclude their morning of volunteering.

When: Saturday, April 18th, 11am–5pm
Where: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica (under the Pier carousel)

Communicating Climate Change: Professional Development Workshop

Where do you fit into the climate change conversation? The USC-Sea Grant and Heal the Bay will be hosting the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change Team for this educational event at the University of Southern California. Come learn about Project WET and see what’s being done to address the effects of climate change on California’s water supply.

When: Saturday, April 25th 8:30am-4:30pm
Where: USC, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy, Alan Hancock Building AHF 252, Los Angeles CA 90089


Other volunteer opportunities throughout L.A.

Heal the Bay is invited to many community events throughout the greater Los Angeles areas that allow us to reach hundreds of coastal and inland community members. With the help of amazing volunteers like you, we are able to spread our message all throughout the county.
Click here for a calendar listing of outreach events

What else can you do?

5 Earth Month Tips for Greener Living 

  • Go meatless at least one day a week. Did you know that nearly half of the average Californian’s water footprint comes from eating meat and dairy products? It takes 7.7 cubic meters of water to produce one pound of beef–that’s like 77 baths!
  • Use water-saving appliances at home. Don’t waste water while you lather in the shower! Families using appliances like a showerhead with a WaterSense label could save as much as 2,900 gallons a year. Angelenos: There could be rebates in it for you…
  • Test your toilet! Add some dye or food coloring to your toilet tank so you can see leaks and potentially save wasted gallons (and dollars) on your next water bill. 
  • Get a reusable water bottle. Americans use an average of 50 billion plastic bottles a year, most of which end up in landfills or littering our environment. You can significantly cut down on your plastic waste and save money on bottled water by purchasing a refillable drinking bottle for about $10.  
  • Become a Heal the Bay monthly member. Celebrate the 30th birthday of Southern California’s most effective by becoming a member this Earth Month. We welcome contributions of any size!