Programs

OCTOBER 2015

Nature Club Members at Jacksonville Beach
Nature Club Members at Jacksonville Beach
SJR State students participate in International Coastal Cleanup

The Orange Park campus Nature and Rotaract clubs at St. Johns River State College recently teamed up to clean up a two-mile section of Jacksonville Beach in honor of International Coastal Cleanup Day sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy. Eighteen volunteers rounded up about 10 pounds of garbage, including items such as cigarette and cigar butts, plastic bags and bottles, glass bottles, Styrofoam pieces, a bungee cord, metal stripping and clothing.

“A decorated collector’s plate that was in really good condition was the most bizarre item we found,” said Nature Club President Maureen Hernandez. “It was edged in gold and had a cartoon scene of some sort on its face, of which none of us could identify. We Googled the name of the manufacturer, and it turned out to be worth $8,” she explained. “One of our Nature Club members wanted to keep it, but it was lost in the garbage heap and discarded at the end of the day, unfortunately.”

This was the second year that the Nature Club participated in the International Coastal Cleanup. According to Ocean Conservancy, in the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup, “an astounding 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries picked up more than 16 million pounds of trash.”

 

 

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

Members of the Nature Club from SJR State’s Orange Park campus enjoy the feeling of a fresh beach after cleaning up a two-mile section of Jacksonville Beach in honor of International Coastal Cleanup Day.

Back row, from left: Diadjina Apply, Cathelencia Francisque, Lexus Lealie, Rebekah Sookdeo, Rachael Newlin

Front row, from left: Martine Lewis-Charles, Urie Deshommes

Members of SJR State’s Nature Club, along with staff member Paula Reeger (fourth from front), pause for a group shot after cleaning up two miles of Jacksonville Beach in honor of International Coastal Cleanup Day.

From left: Joel Sookdeo, Rebekah Sookdeo, Maureen Hernandez, Rachael Newlin, Lexus Lealie, Paula Reeger (staff), Urie Deshommes, Cathelencia Francisque, Daidjina Apply