11th San Diego Mesa College Canyon Day and Canyon Classroom

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On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Mesa College will be adding Canyon Classroom to Canyon Day, Mesa’s annual canyon clean up event. Canyon Day, in its 11th year, is hosted by Mesa College in conjunction with the City of San Diego and Park Rangers from the Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center. Both Canyon Day and Canyon Classroom are FREE community events.

Canyon Day Clean-up, which runs from 8:00 a.m. to Noon, takes place within the canyon, and is an annual event where students, faculty, and staff from Mesa College, join with members of the broader community to clean a section of Tecolote Canyon and the nature trails adjacent to the college. Each year, upwards of 100 volunteers remove trash, debris and non-native plants to improve the environment and quality of the trails. Volunteers receive a free commemorative t-shirt (while supplies last), and students can earn 4 hours of community service hours for participating.

“Canyon Day really is – and always has been – about our connection with the greater community who all come together to preserve and protect our natural resources,” stated Dr. Pamela Luster, President of Mesa College. “So, we are really excited to add Canyon Classroom and open this event up to more families, who can bring their children for fun activities while they learn all about our local canyons.”

Canyon Classroom, which will run from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, is a free family-friendly educational outreach event held in the Mesa College Organic Garden area, that will feature interactive educational booths and activities, designed to inform elementary and middle school children about the 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 all-ages, family friendly and young attendees will receive a free give-away item (while supplies last).

To learn more and RSVP for Canyon Day and/or Canyon Classroom, please visit www.sdmesa.edu/CanyonDay.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring Canyon Day or Canyon Classroom, please contact Jennifer Nichols Kearns, Director of Communications at jnkearns@sdccd.edu, or Krista Stellmacher, Director of Resource Development at kstellmacher@sdccd.edu.

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