In partnership, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Diventures, and Keep Omaha Beautiful are hosting four free lake cleanup events this summer on May 22, June 19, July 10 and August 14. All clean ups will occur between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The first event will be at Benson Park on Saturday, May 22.
By joining in this cleanup initiative, volunteers will be making the local watershed a cleaner place, ultimately enhancing our community’s ecosystem. The efforts will collect debris from our local waterways before reaching the ocean.
Attendees should check-in at Benson Park Pavilion, which is located between two parking lots at the site. From there, supplies will be distributed and further direction will be given. Volunteers are welcome to join or leave the clean up at any point during the scheduled time.
Throughout the day, Zoo staff will be teaching participants about the qualities of a healthy freshwater ecosystem and easy ways they can help the environment in their own backyards. Gloves and litter collection supplies will be provided by Keep Omaha Beautiful.
The lake cleanup is part of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Diventures’ Ocean Health partnership. Together, these organizations are working to educate and engage the public through conservation-themed activities and events.
Registration is not required for this event, but encouraged to help with supply count. Registration and more information can be found on the Zoo’s website at www.OmahaZoo.com/Citizen-Science