Cleanup Crew: South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educators
If you have ever been to the museum and spoken to any of our educators, you know how much we care about preserving the natural environment of the South Fork. The mission of the museum itself is to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment. Our staff has decided that, in order to uphold the mission of the museum, we need to take direct action in helping to keep Long Island habitats pollution free. Therefore, we have decided to initiate our “SoFo Cleans the Beach” program this fall. We hope that you will join us on our mission to pick up as much trash as possible. Our plan is to go out to a different beach each month and clean for 1 hour. During our cleaning session, we will tally up what type of trash we are finding and, when we are finished, weigh it out. Over time we will be able to get an idea of the kind of trash that is washing up on our beaches… and we can advocate avoiding those materials in the future. On our first beach clean-up at Long Beach last August in Sag Harbor, we collected over 4 lbs. of trash (the average amount of trash that one person in the US produces in one day). We picked up mostly small plastics and cigarette butts! We will keep you updated on our progress on our website (www.sofo.org) as well as in our newsletter. We’re excited to start this new program and hope that you will join us in reaching our goals of keeping our hometown beaches pollution-free!
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