About This Event
Visit Palm Beach is pleased to announce a Volunteer Cleanup at Lake Worth Lagoon Restoration Sites by land or by water. This event will take place on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 9:00am-12:00pm out of Bryant Park in Lake Worth. Visit Palm Beach is honored to be partnering with Palm Beach County's Department of Environmental Resources Management, Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation and the Palm Beach Ecotourism Association to coordinate and host this free event.
"The purpose of this cleanup is to maintain the natural areas, clear the waterways of rubbish and also identify future areas of cleanups and restoration projects," notes Andrew Puchalski, of the Palm Beach EcoTourism Association. Andrew, who is also Director of Paddling at Visit Palm Beach, will be the lead guide and on-site contact for this years' Earth Day event.
During this special Earth Day event, participants will be divided into two groups. One will help to clean up the park grounds and natural areas that are accessible by walking. The other will embark on a paddling cleanup mission up the Lake Worth Lagoon along the borders of the Snook Islands and around other nearby islands, shorelines & mangroves. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own kayaks/paddleboards. Single & Double kayaks are also available through www.visitpalmbeach.com for $25 single/$32 double with free delivery to the site.
The Snook Islands exist in an area of the Palm Beach's Lake Worth Lagoon that used to be a dead zone. This was an area so deep and depleted that it could not fully support life forms. Thanks to the hard work of the Palm Beach County's Environmental Resource Management (ERM) Team, restoration projects in this area have seen the return of wildlife. Hundreds of species of birds and marine life have returned and it is quickly becoming a favorite spot for American Oystercatcher birds, common snook, green sea turtles and manatees. The 118 acre Snook Islands include 11 acres of mangroves and 2 acres of