Volunteers Clean Port Oneida Beach

Hard working volunteers came together today to help keep a Northern Michigan beach beautiful.

It was all part of National Public Works Day across the country, a day set aside for volunteer projects at all national public lands.

Volunteers here in Northern Michigan helped clean Port Oneida beach along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore

Park Ranger Sarah Chalup says days like today are vital to a park’s environment

“The cleaner the beaches are the more people will come, the more people will get to experience it, and that also helps the economy of the local area,” says Chalup.

Volunteers collected several bags of trash from along the beach, making it better for visitors and wildlife.

“A lot of the stuff if an animal injects it, it could be fatal getting tangled up in ribbons and stuff that can lead to death too,” said Chalup.  

A group of students also made their way up to help clean the beach today. Their teacher says they learned lessons not found in their textbooks.

“It’s a fantastic experience. When you’re teaching AP environmental or environmental science, you can’t do that in a classroom, you can’t have them learn about appreciation through a book,” said Cynthia Sherman.

They park says it’s exciting to see people caring for this gem of Northern Michigan.

“It really does warm my heart when people come out to volunteer their time to take care of it. All 408 National Parks are the American people’s so it’s their responsibility to help us keep it clean,” said Chalup.