Beach & Trail Clean Ups 2021
Earth Day Action! Shell Beach Cleanup and Kortum Trail Hike with Cea Higgins, Executive Director of Coastwalk
Saturday, April 24, 2021 12:00- 4:00
FREE: Pre-registration required
Sand between your fingers, sunshine beaming down on you, and a fresh sea breeze is our idea of a good time on Earth Day! One of the best things about getting out to the coast for beach cleanups and hikes is that you get to be outside, see all the natural beauty of the sea and the coastal trails near you, and spend your day doing something wonderful for the world at the same time.
Come join us on Saturday, April 24, 2021 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm.Location: Kortum Trail & Shell Beach, Highway 1 and Shell Beach Road, Jenner
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The Earth day event starts at 12:00 with a guided hike along the Kortum trail and concludes with beach clean-up activities during low tide at around 3:00.
The Kortum trail was named after Bill and Lucy Kortum (co-founders of Coastwalk), two great environmental heroes of Sonoma County who were responsible for stopping the nuclear power plant at Bodega Head and lead the grassroots environmental movement that resulted in passage of the Coastal Act that balances development with preservation of coastal resources and public access. The Shell Beach to Blind Beach section of the Kortum trail is a 4 ½ mile out/back trail which offers gorgeous views of the Sonoma Coast and its wildlife. There are many coastal prairie flowers blooming and raptors soaring over the bluffs. This is also grey whale migration season so it is likely to see spouts of grey whales returning north to their feeding grounds. The trail leads you to Sunset Boulders where you can see evidence of Mammoth rubbings, which once roamed this coastal terrace.
The Kortum trail is moderate and mostly flat with stairs that lead down from the Shell Beach parking lot to the beach. Please dress for coastal weather which is always changing and different from inland conditions. To promote social distancing, all participants must pre-register online. Beach cleanup supplies will be distributed in individual kits on the day of the event. Please wear close-toed shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a refillable water bottle.
Cea Higgins serves as the Executive Director of Coastwalk/ California Coastal Trail Association. She is currently developing programs that increase opportunities for under-represented communities to experience and steward the Coast and the Coastal Trail. An avid surfer, hiker, and trained in marine mammal and sea bird rescue, Cea believes in giving back to the ocean and coast that she is blessed to enjoy and work to protect.
Cea's career includes serving as the Policy and Volunteer Coordinator for Sonoma Coast Surfrider Foundation, where she has coordinated beach clean-ups and conducted youth and community marine debris education programs for the last 20 years. Cea was also selected by NOAA to serve on the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and chaired the Sediment Management Working Group working with governmental agencies and County planning departments to develop climate-smart adaptation policies to more effectively deal with coastal erosion and sea level rise. She is the coastal representative on the Sonoma County Water Coalition, which focuses on improving water quality. In addition, she is a founding member of the Bodega Bay Collaborative, which sponsors town halls, community forums, and provides a voice to unincorporated coastal areas. Cea also helped establish the Sonoma County Marine Protected Areas Collaborative, where she works with scientific institutions, environmental NGOs, and tribal governments to raise awareness of the value of marine protected areas amongst coastal residents and visitors.
Please Note: All in-person events follow current Sonoma County health orders and guidelines for group activities to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. Masks and social distancing will be required and participants will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Please let us know in advance if you can no longer attend so we can offer a spot to someone on the waitlist. We will be limiting this event to 12 participants.