Neighborhood Cleanup Day in Dana Point

by Bob Fairbanks

The fifth annual Neighborhood Cleanup Day in Dana Point was a happy event. Youngsters from R.H. Dana Elementary School were joined by more than 100 other volunteers to help clean up Dana Point’s Lantern Village, our Town Center and the harbor area on a sunny day in April.

The volunteers came from near and far. Not just our locals, but college students from Riverside and San Bernardino came to help. So did our city’s Environmental Department and the South Coast Water District. Continue reading

Neighborhood Cleanup Day 2010

April 17, 2010 brought our 5th Annual Neighborhood Cleanup Day. And what a day it was!

Kids from RH Dana Elementary School joined groups from Dana Hills High School, UC Riverside, Chaffee College as well as a good number of local volunteers, the City of Dana Point’s Environmental Dept., and of course, the great folks from the South Coast Water District. Continue reading

Membership 2010

As the New Year quickly unfolds we would like to remind you that our commitment to helping children and their parents understand the fragile ecosystem surrounding our community is still strong and ongoing.

We need your continued participation and donation to extend our efforts.

Your minimum $25 membership helps fund what we are able to give 5th grade classes for their Earth-Science programs and other local programs. Continue reading

Annual Report 2009

Earth/Ocean Society Annual Report – 2009


During this past year, the Earth/Ocean Society of Dana Point has been busy in our continuing attempts to call attention to everyone’s need to keep our oceans clean. We hope you agree that our work is important, and that you’ll consider becoming a member of the Dana Point Earth/Ocean Society by clicking here… Continue reading

Great Pacific Garbage Patch Research

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography is researching the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” under a program called SEAPLEX, and on October 25, 2009, The Irvine Lake Mud Run took place to raise money for that research.

An organization called Eco Fun Challenge, LLC, has launched an effort to to raise $1 million for “groups that are making a real impact on environmental issues.” The Irvine Lake Mud Run event also included an Eco Fair and concerts.

The next Mud Run is scheduled for April 10, 2010. Click here to register online for the April 10 event.



California Coastal Cleanup Day

California Coastal Cleanup Day took place on Sept. 19, 2009 and the Dana Point Earth/Ocean Society joined the effort at Doheny State Beach. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this remarkable event.

California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in Orange country.  In 2008, more than 70,000 volunteers worked together to collect more than 1.6 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. Continue reading

Local Retailers Use Less Plastic and Styrofoam

The Dana Point Earth/Ocean Society encourages all local business owners to switch from plastic or styrofoam packaging to biodegradable, eco-friendly alternatives.

That sounds easier than it really is, of course, because if the alternatives cost more than current synthetic products, the switch for small businesses could be not only difficult, but also downright brutal on the bottom line. Continue reading