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Voluntourism Spotlight: Mississippi Coastal Cleanup

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It’s Thursday which means we’re highlighting another volunteer travel opportunity to add to our growing voluntourism archives. Check back each week for a new voluntourism spotlight and tune into Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio this weekend to hear even more about this opportunity.

Now is a time to plan a trip to the gulf coast of Mississippi to take part in a time-honored tradition of cleaning up the debris along the coastline.  The 24th annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup event will take place on October 20, 2012 and is open to the public, including out-of-state volunteers. Previous years have had a turnout of more than 3,000 volunteers so this is an ideal volunteer opportunity for families and large groups.

Cleanup focuses on the Coast’s mainland and barrier island beaches and waterways. It has even expanded to include lakes, rivers, marshes, bayous, estuaries, and other watershed locations in the marine waters extending as far north as I-10. Volunteers are provided with a data card to record what type of debris or animals they encounter so the volunteerism efforts also go towards research to help reduce the pollution of the area.

To find out more about the event and online registration, visit the event’s website.  If you would like more information on marine conservation, volunteerism, and similar programs, visit the Ocean Conservancy.

By Collette Torunyan for