Tecolote Canyon Clean-up Slated for Sat., March 20 at Mesa College

Volunteers are needed this Saturday, March 20, to help clean up a branch of Tecolote Canyon adjacent to Mesa College.

This will be the third year for the Canyon Day clean-up. Organizers aim to break last year’s record of unloading a full dozen shopping carts and six truck loads of trash and non-native plants. The mission: to clean and restore and preserve the canyon – and to ready it for tours offered towards the end of the day, and at the upcoming Canyon Classroom in April.

"The Canyon Clean-up is a wonderful event supported by young and old, college and community,” said Tom Kaye, one of the organizers and President of the Linda Vista Town Council. “It’s the perfect opportunity for neighbors, Mesa, and college and high school students to do something good for the canyons that surround us."

High school students can earn community service credits by participating. Participants also receive Canyon Day tee-shirts, certificates of participation, and enjoy canyon talks by Mesa College faculty and Tecolote Canyon expert Eloise Battle. The Canyon Clean-up will be led by Ranger Janice Lavalle.

Interested persons should show up at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 20 at the head of the Tecolote Canyon Trail near the corner of Genesee and Marlesta streets in Clairemont. Free parking is available at Mesa College. For more information, directions and required waiver forms for minors, go on-line to www.sdmesa.edu/canyonday.