Asbury Woods Contributes to the International Coastal Cleanup
For 15 years, Asbury Woods has been aiding the efforts of the International Coastal Cleanup at the watersheds in Brown’s Farm.
The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup was founded 30 years ago, and over 100 countries across the world have communities that participate. For over three decades, more than 12 million volunteers have collected over 220 million pounds of trash. The annual event, which falls on September 21 this year, is a day for communities to clean local watersheds and log the amount and type of debris being picked up. These numbers go into an international log to showcase the amount of litter being left in waterways to bring awareness to the issue of littering across the world.
Asbury Woods will be working with volunteers on September 21 to clean up the watersheds surrounding Brown’s Farm. As a part of the International Coastal Cleanup, data will be collected about the amount and type of litter being discovered across the property to add to the international log.
A new app called “Clean Swell” has been developed to encourage people to address this problem within their personal lives, interested participants can log their collection through the app to contribute to the efforts of the International Coastal Cleanup year-round.
“Understanding that all of our waterways are connected means knowing how important it is to keep them clean. Maintenance of our portion is essential to making sure the waterways across the county are clean and healthy. We appreciate all the volunteers who have helped us during this yearly cleanup,” Melissa Martin, Education and Program Coordinator.
ABOUT ASBURY WOODS
The mission of Asbury Woods is to provide all members of the community with meaningful environmental, educational and recreational experiences that inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship.
Asbury Woods achieves this mission through a diverse array of educational, environmental and recreational programming for schools, community groups, families and individuals of all ages. In addition, they manage and maintain 205 acres of preserved property which includes native species, old-growth forests, landscaped gardens, wetlands, boardwalk trails and dirt trails.
The Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods is the cornerstone of the educational programming, providing animal exhibits, a touch-and-learn Discovery Classroom and free public access. The Brown’s Farm Barn located on Sterrettania Road provides additional programming space for summer camps, school visits and community programs. The Greenway Trail at Asbury Woods consists of adjacent tracts of land which provides a network of trails connecting Browns Farm and the Nature Center. The Greenway Trail provides ample recreational opportunities for hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wading in Walnut Creek. Trail users will find peaceful spots to rest and relax to take in the serene vistas.
Asbury Woods is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is made possible by funding from program and service fees, grants, special events and generous donations from members and patrons. Annually, Asbury Woods positively impacts more than 71,000 people who use the trails, attend festivals or participate education and community outreach programs.