CSUCI Surfrider Club to Launch an Ocean Friendly Garden and Mentorship Program Fall 2020

Two women in T-shirts and jeans work on a garden installation.
Hard at work on an OFG

CSU Channel Islands Surfrider Club, officers and volunteers have shown tireless dedication to linking the bridge between community engagement and sustainability! Led by Club President Aaron Hooeyboer, the CI Surfrider Foundation Club has teamed up with Green Generation Club’s President Kyle Ball to build the first Ocean Friendly Garden on campus! The garden will now be launched Fall 2020, with the goal of certifying different sections of the garden as OFG, Bird Friendly, Bee Friendly, and Tree Certified! 

CI Surfrider Club will be teaming up with the Ventura County chapter to launch a Youth Club Mentorship Program that connects local Ventura County high schools to leaders of the CSUCI sustainability clubs. This program will allow club officers to mentor high school students on how to be the next generation of environmental stewards. Officers will show students how Surfrider program efforts and sustainability initiatives can be applied on any campus, even high schools. 

Beautiful drought-tolerant plants!

CSUCI Surfrider Club on Creating a “Sense of Place” for Students at the Beach and on Campus

School is out, but check out the images below to see how the CSUCI Surfrider Club got their volunteers outside and engaged with their local beaches this semester. While beach cleanups and environmental awareness is extremely important in protecting our oceans, waves, and beaches, the officers of the club believe it is even more important to establish a “sense of place” or belonging in their coastal communities. To start, the club hosted their first ever “Yoga on the Beach” event followed up with a beach cleanup at Surfers’ Knoll in the Ventura Harbor. They also co-hosted on-campus meetings, which focused on reaching out to students living on campus to learn about Surfrider while also learning fun skills such as composting, propagating plants, and how to landscape!

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