“Canyon Day really is – and always has been - about our connection with the greater community who all come together to preserve and protect our natural resources,” stated Dr. Pamela Luster, President of Mesa College. “So, we are really excited to add Canyon Classroom and open this event up to more families, who can bring their children for fun activities while they learn all about our local canyons.”
Canyon Day Clean-up, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon, takes place within the canyon, and is an annual event where students, faculty, and staff from Mesa College, join with members of the broader community to clean a section of Tecolote Canyon and the nature trails adjacent to the college. Each year, upwards of 100 volunteers remove trash, debris and non-native plants to improve the environment and quality of the trails. Volunteers receive a free commemorative T-shirt (while supplies last), and students can earn four hours of community service hours for participating.
Canyon Classroom, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon, is a free family-friendly educational outreach event held in the Mesa College Organic Garden area, and will feature interactive educational booths and activities, designed to inform elementary and middle school children about the environmental and recreational resources in Tecolote Canyon. A limited number of Canyon tours will also be conducted once the canyon is cleaned. Canyon Classroom is all-ages and family friendly, and young attendees will receive a free give-away item (while supplies last).
To learn more and RSVP for Canyon Day and/or Canyon Classroom, visit sdmesa.edu/CanyonDay.
To see photos, please visit the 2018 Canyon Day Photo Album.