Mystic Aquarium Set to Host Third Annual Mystic-Wide Cleanup
“Our goal is to remove more than 500 lbs. of debris from over 10 miles of riverside property in Mystic,” said event organizer and Director of Education & Conservation for Mystic Aquarium, MaryEllen Mateleska. “With that lofty of a goal we need to engage with members of our community. We are really hoping for strong participation.”
The event will take place at two sites throughout Mystic over an eight hour period. Participants can choose to help out at one site for just a few minutes or spend the whole day cleaning up the town. Safety and cleaning supplies will be provided by Mystic Aquarium.
The cleanup sites include Coogan Blvd & Jerry Brown Road from 10:00am-12:30pm (meeting location: Mystic Aquarium’s front gate); Downtown Mystic from 12:30pm-6:00pm (meeting location: Mystic River Park) and River Road and Mystic River.
Participants already include teams from Big Y, Mystic Museum of Art and Clean Up Sounds and Harbors (CUSH). While registration is not required, groups and individuals are encouraged to join the effort by registering at http://www.mysticaquarium.org/event/mystic-wide-clean/.
“In addition to cleaning up our town, we hope that this builds camaraderie, bolsters local spirit and increases public knowledge of and appreciation for Long Island Sound and its natural resources,” concluded Mateleska.
The Mystic-Wide Clean-Up precedes the Aquarium’s National Estuaries Day Weekend Celebration with arts and crafts, interactive activities and a marine debris fashion show; all to help visitors learn about the amazing Long Island Sound estuary. The National Estuaries Day Weekend Celebration, scheduled from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday, September 23, is free for Aquarium members and with admission.
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at MysticAquarium.org.