(San Diego, CA) After helping to remove 186 pounds of trash, 67 pounds of recyclables and 18 pounds of dog waste from Chollas Lake and North Chollas Community Park last September, local middle and high school students decided it was time to teach lessons in environmental awareness. Who are their students? The hundreds of people of all ages who visit the North Chollas Community Park and Chollas Lake areas but might not know how to preserve them. The team of youth - formed through a partnership between the non-profit San Diego Girls Alliance and UCSD Preuss School's Interact Club - has organized a family-oriented environmental education and awareness festival: EnviroFest at Chollas Park. The event will take place on Saturday, June 4th, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m, at Chollas Lake Park located in the Oak Park community. Click the Read More to view photos.
UCSD Preuss School’s Interact Club president Brittany Taylor agreed, “we hope this activity will bring greater awareness to this park and its issues, helping to create long-term solutions."
Although hundreds of people from all parts of San Diego County flock to Chollas Park each day to bike, hike, walk, play sports or simply enjoy its natural beauty, the park and canyon area suffer from vandalism (graffiti, overturned porta-potties), illegal dumping of trash and appliances, dog droppings, and trampling of preserved areas.
EnviroFest at Chollas Park will feature hands-on activities that engage participants as well as workshops by local artists, including Mario Torero and the Community Actors Theater.
What: EnviroFest at Chollas Park
Where: Chollas Lake Park
6350 College Grove Drive
San Diego, CA 92105
When: Saturday, June 4, 2005
11 am - 4 pm
- Sierra Club will lead guided tours along the creek and talk about the importance of wetlands to water quality and endangered species.
- Performances by actors from the Community Actors Theater.
- Hands-on learning booths and educational exhibits focusing on enviro-science and conservation including presentations by Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department and I Love A Clean San Diego.
- Painting workshops and various art-related projects.
- Composting demonstrations.