Oswald West Action Day is slated for Saturday, Oct. 5 at Oswald State Park at 10 a.m.

Join Surfrider Foundation Portland Chapter for a morning filled with community service to give back to the Oregon coast. They will be hosting a beach cleanup, along with some restorative projects. They will be partnering with the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, Oregon State Parks, and Trailkeepers of Oregon.

Surfrider hosts Oswald West Action Days twice a year, one in honor of Earth Day in April, and one in the fall.

“Short Sands Beach is our ‘adopted’ beach for the Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation,” said Chanel Hason, chair and communications of the Portland Chapter. “It’s one of the top surf spots on the coast, and also a great beach to gather people to learn about our Oregon Marine Reserves.”

Surfrider and volunteers will meet at the Oswald West State Park parking lot. Arrive 15 minutes early for check in. Surfrider requests that you RSVP so the can get an estimate on food. Before working, there will be a debriefing on the importance of Marine Reserves.

The Action Day will be about two hours doing community service projects on the beach and throughout the park. Stay after the cleanup for a Surfrider sponsored barbeque and beverages. There will also be some raffle prizes. Bring work clothes, a reusable water bottle, and some friends.

“Some of the raffle prizes include Sunski sunglasses made of recycled ocean plastic, $50 gift card to Quickfish (a Surfrider registered ocean friendly restaurant), Surfrider swag, KleenKanteen reusable bottles, and we are working on solidifying more prizes from evo Portland, Cleansurf, Patagonia, and Looptworks,” Hason said.

The Surfrider Portland Chapter also hosts monthly Green Street cleanups through the city. Their next big event is Tuesday, Oct. 8 at evo Portland. They will be hosting their October chapter meeting, featuring guest speaker Nick Mallos. Mallos is the senior director of the Trash Free Seas Program at the Ocean Conservancy.

“His presentation will focus on data and research regarding ghost nets and ocean plastic pollution around the globe,” Hason said. “Everyone is welcome to join.”

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