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
“I am proud to say that even with other clean-ups and marches that were held this
past weekend, Mesa College still had over one hundred volunteers who attended Canyon
Day,” stated Dr. Pamela T. Luster, President. “It’s pretty clear that the Mesa Family
is committed to protecting our local resources.”
This year, there were over 120 volunteers who attended the event, including multiple
student groups and clubs such as The Honor Society, SEEDS, and student veterans. The
event, which has been held every year since 2008, is hosted in conjunction with the
City of San Diego’s Park and Recreation Department, who helps provide supplies and
training for volunteers. Over 75 students received community service credit for their
Odd articles recovered included a couch, several shopping carts, a shoe and random
paper products. The most collected item by far was palm fronds, as vegetation has
become prolific in the canyon due to the recent rains.
All volunteers are provided with a free T-shirt, refreshments and tools, such as gloves
and grabbers, to assist with cleaning trash, debris and dead foliage from the canyon.
This year, volunteers filled a 40 yard trash dumpster in under two hours, a new record
according to Park Ranger Janice Lavalle.
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