The tide is low this week

It's not on the front page of the newspaper (if you read the newspaper) or at the top of your newsfeed (if you're on Facebook). I think it's worth knowing, though. 

There's a really low tide this week in the late afternoons between like 2pm and sunset. So, if for example, you're looking for something to do with your kids after school this week, or if for example, you don't want to or have to go to work this week, particularly Monday-Wednesday, then I'd recommend you finding yourself a beach. Like Point Pinole Regional Park in Richmond. Or Crown Beach in Alameda. Or any beach along the Pacific Ocean like Limantour, Stinson, Baker, San Gregorio, Pescadero. 

Steal some moves from this and take yourself at the beach this week in the late afternoons. 


One gold high heel in the pickleweed

First off, the clean up event that East Bay Regional Park District hosts on Martin Luther King, Jr Day at the MLK Jr Shoreline is really worth going to with kids. Well, it's worth going to regardless of your age. But there's something about it that works well for and with kids. I highly recommend it for you next year. We didn't register, we just showed up. Maybe my friends at East Bay Parks don't want me to say that, but it's what happened and it all worked out. 

If you're going to take your kids to some kind of clean up or restoration event, first I say YES! And then I say, be sure to let them be kids. They don't need lectures or statistics or guilt trips. They will get it. They understand, at their age appropriate level, that finding one gold high heel or 17 empty plastic bottles in the pickleweed is not how things are supposed to happen in the natural world. And that knowledge and that experience will situate itself somewhere deep inside their being, and it will manifest itself later in life. 

I'm proof of this. 


Clean up, clean up, everybody clean up

Next Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther King Jr Day, and a great opportunity to do something, anything!, for your community. Why? Watch this:

I'm here to inspire you to do something for the parks, natural areas, and open spaces near you. Because our kids need us to pass on a healthy planet for their future. Right?

And I'm here to tell you that it doesn't have to be a big deal. Maybe you don't have the day off from work. Maybe your kids are super young. Maybe you are overwhelmed and don't have the mental space to figure something out. No matter what, you can do something. And I'm here to help. 

East Bay Regional Park District is hosting a clean up at MLK Jr Shoreline Park in Oakland. And I have to admit that this song is stuck in my head as I think about cleaning up the shoreline. 

Or if that doesn't work for you: 
  • Plant a tree. Have you heard about this organization
  • Plant some plants that bees and pollinators love. Do you know about this project?
  • Pick up trash wherever you are. Take a picture of it and contribute to this global initiative.
  • Go to the beach and picking up garbage for 5 minutes during the 3 hours you're there. 
  • Invite your neighbor to go for a walk at your local park. 
  • Donate to your local parks or conservation organization. Choose one (or two) from this list.
  • Call your city council member, state legislator, congress person, senator, or president and ask them to protect the environment for future generations. Be a part of the wall.

There are options!

Go, get out there, make a difference, and feel good. You can do it. We can do this!