With a fantastic team effort and a great partnership with the Parents’ Group, Science Department, and USF-College of Marine Science, Admiral Farragut Academy held a school-wide Earth Day Clean-up at The Clam Bayou Preserve, a 10-acre park in Gulfport.
The Clam Bayou Nature Preserve is host to several native environments from the upland natural vegetation, marsh and mangrove forests, to the deeper waters of Boca Ciega Bay. These areas provide habitat and food to a variety of species such as fiddler crabs, clams, wading birds, small animals, dolphins and manatees to name a few. Visitors can use the trails and observation decks along the brackish water estuary to spot wading birds feeding. The nature preserve also has a canoe and kayak launch.
During the two hour event, students, faculty, staff, family members, and volunteers helped clean the shoreline, nature trail, and removed invasive tree trimmings. The 35 volunteers picked up a total of 1,075 lbs (487.57 kg) of trash! Thank you to everyone who participated and a special thank you to Science Department Chair and Teacher Sari Deitche for arranging the event.
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