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Canyon Day and Canyon Classroom 2020

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Canyon Clean-up
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Tecolote Canyon

Canyon Classroom
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Mesa College Organic Garden area

Canyon Day
Canyon Classroom
 

Canyon Day is an annual canyon clean-up hosted by Mesa College in conjunction with the City of San Diego and Park Rangers from the Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center. Students, faculty, and staff from Mesa College, along with members of the broader community join together to clean a section of Tecolote Canyon and the nature trails adjacent to the college.

We remove trash, debris and non-native plants, to improve the environment and quality of the trails. Canyon Day is recommended for 8 years and older. Everyone is welcome to participate and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will also receive a FREE commemorative t-shirt (while supplies last). Students can earn up to 4 hours of community service hours for participating.

Canyon Classroom is a free family-friendly educational outreach event with interactive educational booths and activities, designed to inform elementary and middle school children about the wonderful environmental and recreational resources in Tecolote Canyon. A limited number of Canyon tours will also be conducted once the canyon is cleaned. Canyon Classroom is supported by students and staff in Mesa’s teacher education program. Canyon Classroom is all-ages and family friendly. Young attendees will receive a free give-away item (while supplies last). Students can earn up to 4 hours of community service hours for participating.

Please RSVP for Canyon Day 2020
Please RSVP for Canyon Classroom 2020

Please note that your RSVP allows us to order enough t-shirts and refreshments for all participants.

hope you'll join us. It’s hard work but loads of fun, and a great way to help your community!

  • Canyon Day Clean-up schedule is below.
  • All participants will be asked to sign a Waiver Form at Registration.
  • Community service credit is available (up to 4 hours).
  • Team Leaders needed. Contact Waverly Ray at wray@sdccd.edu
  • All participants receive a free t-shirt and refreshments (while supplies last) and a certificate of participation.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020

CANYON DAY SCHEDLUE
7:45 - 8:15 a.m. REGISTRATION

  • Meet in Mesa College Parking Lot #1, off Marlesta Dr. to register.
  • Please do not drop off or park at the trailhead.
  • Please bring work gloves if you have some
  • After registering, you'll walk down to the clean-up area

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

  • Park Rangers will provide a safety talk before the canyon cleanup, which will involve instructions on trash and invasive species removal.
  • Tools and supplies are provided.
  • Participants will be divided into groups led by Team Leaders.

8:30- 9:00 a.m. CLEANUP Begins

  • Clean-up begins. Impromptu information talks about the flora, fauna and geology of the canyon will be presented by Mesa College professors and/or Park Rangers.
  • Cleanup: Until 11:30 a.m. or areas are cleared

11:30am  CONCLUSION

  • Refreshments
  • Certificates

NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS

  • Canyon Clean up is not recommended for children under 8 years of age.
  • Children under 18 must have a signed waiver slips AND be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • The waiver forms are available above and on the day of the event.
  • Closed-toe shoes, long pants and long-sleeve shirts are required. Please bring work gloves if you have some
  • If you require special accommodations, please contact us by April 2, 2020.

CANYON CLASSROOM SCHEDLUE
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Sign-In

  • Go directly to the Organic Garden on Marlesta Dr. to sign-in.
  • Please do not drop off or park at the trailhead.

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Educational activities and interactive educational booths
  • Tools and supplies are provided.
  • Limited number of canyon tours (30 mins) available. Sign-up required

12:00 p.m.  All activities conclude

 

PARKING:

  • Park in Lot #1 at Mesa College, off Marlesta Dr.
  • Parking is free and permits are NOT required for the day.
  • For safety precautions, drop offs should also be made in Parking Lot #1.
  • Participants will walk down to the Canyon Clean-up or Canyon Classroom sites. Please be careful and use crosswalks while crossing Genesee.

Are you a camera or video buff? We're looking for volunteers to take photos or record video for this year's event; please contact Jennifer Kearns in the Office of Communications at jnkearns@sdccd.edu


If you did not receive your certificate of participation documenting your community service, please email Jennifer Nichols Kearns at jnkearns@sdccd.edu.


Goal

In collaboration with representatives of the various communities surrounding Mesa College, create an opportunity for community collaboration focusing on outreach, education and awareness of conservation of the environment and preservation of Tecolote Canyon.

Community and College Partners

San Diego Mesa College appreciates all of our campus and community partners who help support Canyon Day each year either via cash donations, in-kind donations or volunteerism.

Canyon Day at San Diego Mesa College was conceived of in 2007, and created in 2008 at the recommendation of then District 6 City Councilmember Donna Frye. We appreciate her vision, contributions and participation in this annual event.

2020 Partners
San Diego Mesa College
City of San Diego Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center
City of San Diego Park and Recreation

Nature Links
City of San Diego Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center

2020 Canyon Day Committee

Canyon Day Co-Chairs: Jennifer Nichols Kearns, Director of Communications, and Lorenze Legaspi, V.P. of Administrative Services 
City of San Diego Park Rangers: Steven Smith, Sr. Park Ranger, City of San Diego 
Canyon Classroom Co-chairs: Prof. Laurie Lorence, Teacher Education Program, and Prof. Waverly Ray, Geography

Members: Waverly Ray, Laurie Lorence, Leticia Lopez, Jacqueline Collins, Ailene Crakes, Agustin Rivera, Ryan Shumaker, Victoria Miller, Michael Fitzgerald, Gilda Maldonado, Steven Smith, Ramiro Hernandez, Jennifer Park, Karla Trutna, Vanndaro Chhum, Shawn Fawcett, Dean Leavitt, Katlin Choi, Anabel Pulido and Hai Duong.

Honorary Members: Pamela Luster, President, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Community College District, Chris Manis, Vice Chancellor, Facilities.


Contact Information

Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Chair and Media Contact
jnkearns@sdccd.edu


Partnership and/or Business Sponsorship Opportunities

Contacts:

Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
Canyon Day Chair and Media Contact
jnkearns@sdccd.edu

Sara Boehmer
Interim Director of Resource Development
San Diego Mesa College Foundation
(619) 388-2285
sboehmer@sdccd.edu      

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