Get Involved with the Environment

KCET invites you to serve your community through service. Our weekly Get Involved page features ways for you to connect with organizations in need of a helping hand.

This week KCET features ways for you to give back while going outdoors. Volunteering to help the environment is a great way to make a lasting effect.

On Saturday Heal the Bay offers its "Nothin' But Sand" beach cleanup. Each month the project takes place at a different beach between El Segundo and the Pacific Palisades. Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Santa Monica Bay and Southern California coastal waters safe and healthy for people and marine life.

For more information on how you can volunteer for Nothin' But Sand, visit Heal the Bay.

The Franklin Canyon Park Transformation needs your help with its ongoing effort to maintain the park. Participate in a major park upgrade by maintaining the trails, removing invasive plants, rock replacement, planting native plants, painting benches and much more. The group also needs help widening trails and removing steps in certain areas to improve accessibility and make the park more disabled friendly.

Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and wear clothes they can get dirty. You can find a detailed map of Franklin Canyon Park to help you find the project by visting LA Works.

You can also donate your time to The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust. This group is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the acquisition, restoration and preservation of one of the last remaining wetlands ecosystems in Southern California.

On the second Saturday of each month from 9:30AM to 3:30PM, volunteers are needed to help remove non-native plants and trash. Volunteers then invited to go on guided eco-tours offered by local biologists and ecologists. Bring water, gloves, clothes for hard work, and your energy & enthusiasm!

Click here for more information on The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust event coming up on December 12, 2009.

This image was taken from Flickr user C1ssou using the Creative Commons License.

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