January 15, 2013 > Cleaning Up a Bit of Nature
Cleaning Up a Bit of Nature
By Cameron and Corina Chen
Over Thanksgiving school break, we went to Junior Ranger Camp at Lake Elizabeth. At camp, Ranger Sandy took us on a hike along Lagunas Creek, which flows out of Lake Elizabeth Park. We saw a LOT of trash in the creek and this made us and the water birds unhappy and decided to clean it up so it would be prettier.
First, we asked our mom and dad to help us clean the creek. They helped us buy a sixteen-foot pole, a net, some rope, a big hook, and a roll of duct tape. Some of the things we removed were a soccer ball, two footballs, 35 tennis balls, three ping pong balls, three fishing bobbers, lots of bottles and cans and food containers, a tic tac box, three lighters, a sea monster toy, and a BIG heavy, muddy cash register!
The snowy egrets, ducks, and other birds seemed happier after the cleanup, but there were many things we could not reach with the pole. We were happy with the cleanup work and hope that other kids and parents will help keep Fremont clean, too.