Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) brought its newest program to Camp Mackle on August 4. BAC members brought the beach to campers in grades 1-2 and 3-5, teaching them that “keeping the beach healthy” is as easy
Elaine Lancaster, BAC educational outreach program coordinator, presented “beach etiquette” in an easy-to-understand format, which was both age appropriate and kid-friendly. The campers enjoyed the hands-on crafts, which were meant to further enhance their beach experience, while away from the beach.
For a “show and tell,” BAC member Katie O’Hara brought samples of plastic straws collected from beach cleanups, sealed in a plastic bag, and the campers had fun checking them out. Katie’s “collection of trash” was a big hit with the young campers.
Campers were taught three simple, but important lessons.
Lesson One: At the endof the your beach day visit, make sure you gather your toys, beach chairs, trash and other items, and take them back home with you. Items such as plastic straws, water bottles, soda cans, candy wrappers, and glass don’t belong on the beach.
Lesson Two: It is turtle nesting season, and you should fill in the holes you make so the mama sea turtles do not fall in. It is important to keep the shoreline and beach clean and level so mama sea turtles can find the way to a safe nesting place.
Lesson Three: Respect the shorebirds! City of Marco Island Community Events Coordinator Samantha Malloy demonstrated the importance of not “flushing” the shorebirds. She told the campers, “The shorebirds need their rest.”
A group of 26 eager campers from first and second gradedecorated their paper wreaths with shells provided by the BAC. Mackle Park attendant Heather Lopez assisted the young campers while they glued shells to the outline of an oval wreath.
The older campers, grades 3-5, were given plastic bottles, which they crafted into a fish, complete with colorful scales and eyes.
Do Your Part to Keep Our
Fill in holes before you leave. It’s fun to dig, but leaving holes unfilled is a hazard to both humans and wildlife.
Glass, trash, dogs and bicycles are not allowed on Marco’s beaches.
Do not flush the birds.
Please Join Us
A Beach Stewardship Training Program is scheduled for September 28th at 9 AM. Training will be provided by the Beach Advisory Committee and the Marco Island Police Department. For more information please contact Community Events Coordinator Samantha Malloy by phone: 239-389-3917 or e-mail: email@example.com.