San Diego Mesa College Canyon Day 2017, held on Saturday April 22, was a huge success even though there were multiple other events occurring which coincided with Earth Day.
March 30, 2017
Volunteers from San Diego Mesa College and the surrounding community will be returning to Tecolote Canyon on April 22 for the annual Canyon Day cleanup event.
Tecolote Canyon, which neighbors the Mesa College campus, gets its name from the Spanish word for owl since both Great Horned and Barn owls can be found in the canyon. Made up from a combination of marine and non-marine sedimentary rock, it is the home of a variety of native plants and animals including black sage, white sage, rabbits, squirrels, bobcats, coyotes, toyon and oak trees.
On the day of the events, volunteers will meet at Mesa College Parking Lot #1 between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. to register before walking to the canyon as a group. Park Ranger Janice Lavallee will give a talk about safety and the removal of trash and invasive plant species at 9 a.m.
Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves, but some tools and supplies for cleanup will be provided. Cleanup will begin at 9:15 with impromptu talks about the plants, animals and geology of Tecolote Canyon throughout the day from Mesa professors. Certificates for participation and refreshments will be distributed at the end of the day from 12 to 1 p.m.
All volunteers and are required to wear closed-toe shoes, asked to bring their own
work gloves, and must sign a Mesa College/City of San Diego waiver form, which can
be found online. Unaccompanied volunteers under age 18 must have their waiver signed by a parent
or guardian, and this volunteer event is not recommended for children under 10. Please
RSVP on Facebook at: http://bit.ly/CanyonDay2017.
To become a team leader for the volunteer efforts, contact Janice Lavallee at email@example.com or (858) 581-9961. For more information about Canyon Day, visit www.sdmesa.edu/CanyonDay or contact Mesa College Director of Communications Jennifer Kearns at (619) 388-2759 or firstname.lastname@example.org.