Alliance for a Living Ocean Holds Weekly Summer Programs, Special Events

Local Environmental Nonprofit Also Seeks Volunteers
Jun 28, 2017

Seining and other eco-fun await! Alliance for a Living Ocean has a full schedule of events, for all ages, for summer 2017. Weekly programs begin this Thursday and run through Sept. 1, and a number of special events are scattered throughout the next couple of months.

The nonprofit, headquartered in Ship Bottom, is also seeking volunteers to help out with the group’s many activities.

On Mondays, from 8 a.m. to noon, ALO will be on site at the Farmers Markets at the Surf City Firehouse, at 713 Long Beach Blvd. The organization will provide hands-on projects for kids, and will set up a water bottle refilling station to encourage reusable bottles instead of single-use plastic.

ALO’s seining ventures – “Critter Roundups” – will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays at 14th Street and the bay in Ship Bottom, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays in Bayview Park, at 68th Street and Long Beach Boulevard in Brant Beach.

On Fridays, from 10 to 10:30 a.m., join the nonprofit for science-y fun at the New Jersey Maritime Museum, at 528 Dock Rd. in Beach Haven.

“All our events are free unless otherwise noted, but donations are appreciated and give us the ability to continue providing more activities at little or no cost,” ALO Executive Director Kyle Gronostajski explained. “Aside from what is already on our calendar, we’re hoping to add a few more activities. One will involve surfing and the other astronomy, so stay tuned to our social media and website for updates.”

Also this summer, the organization will take part in the 11th annual Barnegat Bay Day, scheduled for 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 5 at the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, at 120 Long Beach Blvd. in Loveladies.

Fundraisers – including one July 13 at Captain’s Inn in Forked River, where DeNatale Jewelers will sell ocean-related jewelry, as well as the fifth annual Paddle Classic, July 15 in Bayview Park, and the ninth annual ALO Longboard Classic, Aug. 5 at the 17th Street beach in Ship Bottom – are also on the schedule.

And on Aug. 19, stop by the Sink ’R Swim Men’s Shop, at 11205 Long Beach Blvd. in Haven Beach, for ALO Gallery Night.

With the summer ahead full of activities, ALO offers the opportunity for all ages to pitch in, and to learn about local environmental issues, as volunteers for the nonprofit.

“Volunteer opportunities are available for most of our activities and events,” said Gronostajski. “All interested parties should fill out the form on our ‘Become a Volunteer’ page at livingocean.org and our intern will be in touch soon. Please provide information about availability, and we will do our best to accommodate everyone. Our summer programs provide great opportunities for teens to gain volunteer hours, and we are happy to provide any needed information for National Honor Society or other clubs with requirements.”

For more information, call 609-494-7800 or visit ALO’s website, livingocean.org, or its Instagram or Facebook page. —J.K.-H.

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