Students to clean up Tecolote Canyon trail tomorrow, Sat., April 12th

MEDIA ADVISORY – Join us for a fun time cleaning our canyon, with impromptu lectures from Mesa College geology and biology professors. Photo opps and interviews: some serious removal of trash, buried shopping carts, arundo grass and other invasive species. We fill a 2-ton dumpster!

Tecolote Canyon Trailhead, on Genesee near Marlesta, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Who:               More than 200 volunteers -- canyon lovers, Mesa College students, faculty, staff and neighbors -- will  clean up a trail of Tecolote Canyon adjacent to the college at the Marlesta and Genesee entrance. The clean-up is organized by Mesa College and led by Ranger Janice Lavallee of San Diego Parks and Recreation. Community partners include the City of San Diego, Linda Vista Town Council, and Baypark Community Center.

                        Anyone interested in participating in this hands-on effort to remove invasive species and restore the Tecolote Canyon habitat to its natural state is invited to join in the clean-up. (Not recommended for children under 14.)

What:              Canyon cleanup activities will include trash and invasive species removal. Tools, supplies, and water will be provided; please wear long pants and close-toed shoes. 

When:             The clean-up is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat. April 12, 2014.

Where:            Drop off/pick up and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Mesa College Parking Lot #1 (off Marlesta). Free parking is available. Teams will walk down to the clean-up site, which is on City property across from San Diego Mesa College, close to the corner of Marlesta and Genesee.

Why:               Canyon Day (April 12) is a community celebration that focuses on outreach, education, awareness and conservation of the environment and preservation of the Tecolote Canyon.

More Info:      www.sdmesa.edu/canyonday