Did you know that when Box Turtles are threatened or scared they could close their shell so tight that it is said that not even ants can get in? Watch #pbcParks “Animal Encounters” and learn fun facts about Box Turtles like Benedict, Daggerwing Nature Center’s Animal Ambassador.
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PBC Parks Celebrated its 50th Anniversary
The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department celebrated it’s 50th anniversary all year long with a variety of rebranded events and the appointment of the department’s first female director.Continue reading PBC Parks Celebrated its 50th Anniversary
International Coastal Cleanup
On Saturday, September 17, volunteers from all over the world celebrated the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). PBC Parks saw 625 volunteers participate in local cleanups at various PBC parks and beaches where over 1,081 pounds of litter and debris was removed from the environment!
Every year, Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful (KPBCB) coordinates ICC efforts in Palm Beach County from Tequesta down south to Boca Raton. The ICC is the world’s largest volunteer effort to cleanup the marine environment and aims to educate the public, influence public policy and effect behavioral change on the part of the individual, organizations and communities by gathering valuable information about the types and sources of debris found.
Linda Moreno, Executive Director of Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful shares “I hope that the International Coastal Cleanup inspires others who are watching around the world to act now…I am proud to be a part of this global movement and I appreciate all the help and support we get from our volunteers, site managers and community partners. My favorite part of organizing cleanups on a large scale is watching the children come together, seeing them engaged in learning about the environment and how they can learn from their experiences and practice sustainable habits.” A huge thanks from PBC Parks and KPBCB goes out to all the community partners and volunteers who gave their time to such an important cause that impacts this and future generations!
Great American Cleanup 2022
PBC Parks’ Adopt-A-Park Partners celebrated the Great American Cleanup on April 23rd and April 30th, 2022. The Great American Cleanup is an annual program of Keep America Beautiful that unites and beautifies community’s across the nation by influencing individuals to take greater responsibility for their local environment by participating in community service projects. Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep American Beautiful, coordinates the Great American Cleanup project in Palm Beach County. With help from Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, our Adopt-A-Park Partners hosted 13 cleanups from Jupiter down south to Boca Raton to participate in the nation-wide event.
The Great American Cleanup brought 394 volunteers who donated 1,039 hours of service and removed over 866 pounds of litter and debris from our parks and beaches! Litter and debris most commonly reported was cigarette butts and various forms of plastic pieces. The donations of our dedicated volunteers’ time and energy used to improve our community is why volunteers continue to be the heart of PBC Parks.