This Saturday, April 8th, head over to Ping Tom Memorial Park for one of Shedd Aquarium’s Action Days! The restorative community-based program is helping with litter cleanup this weekend at the beloved park.
Ping Tom Memorial Park is a 17.24-acre public urban park located in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood on the South Side right on the south bank of the Chicago River. It’s a universally appreciated natural space for people to gather and spend time outside.
Unfortunately, litter is a main issue when it comes to preserving the nearby waterways and green spaces, so Shedd Aquarium is working to clean up litter around the city with a series of Action Days.
This weekend’s event starts at 10 a.m. and goes on until 12 p.m. helping to clean up the park and aiding in the natural growth and preservation of the park. All volunteers work in teams to collect litter and often record data on their findings in an effort to support science-based litter prevention strategies. If you’re interested in joining the efforts, reach out to the Shedd Aquarium and register to join the litter cleanup here.
The Shedd Aquarium also has a bevy of other community activities, like Coastal Habitat Restoration projects, River Planting Days, and Woodland Habitat Restoration efforts. Check out the full Action Days list here and register for this weekends event here.
Shedd Aquarium also hosts teen-centric Nature Days, which take teens to explore local beaches, waterways, and forest preserves, while also helping teach them how to restore and protect these areas.
[Featured photo via: City of Chicago]