BS in Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences Department
As a Wildlife Biology major at Cal Poly, I was able to express my passion for the ocean and beaches in planning and co-designing a beach and dive clean up Earth Day celebration as my senior project. This event took place at Avila Beach on April 21st and was hosted by the Central Coast Aquarium. It was open to the public in attempts to promote outreach and awareness of coastal conservation, allowing volunteers to participate in the clean-ups and visit the Aquarium. The event was a success, involving over 100 volunteers, collecting and recycling 150 pounds of trash and also attracting the media’s attention. We received an abundance of positive feedback from the public as well as several media reporters, evident in interviews and articles. We were able to not only clean a beach and a part of the ocean floor, but we were able to spread conservation awareness and education to the public. I gained knowledge, experience and multiple skills from my involvement of the event that will help me with my professional goals of further promoting and educating people on conservation and awareness of coastal communities.