Heal the Bay is a U.S. environmental advocacy non-profit organization based in Santa Monica, California. The organization’s focus is on protecting California’s Santa Monica Bay, a region of the Pacific coast encompassed by Malibu’s Point Dume on the north and the Palos Verdes Peninsula on the south. In broader terms, it also supports efforts to preserve and protect all Southern California coastal waters and watersheds.
Heal the Bay was founded in 1985 by a group led by environmental activist Dorothy Green. Mark Gold became the president of the organization in 2006 and held the position until 2012. The current president and CEO is Alix Hobbs, who took the post in October 2014. The organization has become a prominent advocate for the environment in California, and is particularly known for its annual report card ratings of the water quality at beaches along the Pacific coast. It was also active in advocating for restrictions on plastic bags in California.
Heal the Bay supports public health and education outreach programs as well as sponsoring beach cleanup programs such as Coastal Cleanup Day and Adopt-a-Beach. It also operates the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, which was formerly known as the Ocean Discovery Center and was operated by UCLA until 2003.
Heal the Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It has both full-time paid staff members and volunteers. It works with a number of partners in pursuing its goals.
We will be discussing the importance of the ocean, causes and consequences of ocean pollution, MPAs, and ways everyone can help make a difference!
Special guest: Nancy Shrodes
Education & Outreach manager
Nancy inspires thousands of Angelenos by managing Heal the Bay’s Speakers Bureau program. Her passion for ocean conservation earned her an Environmental Science degree with a focus in marine biology from Tufts University. Prior to joining Heal the Bay, Nancy ran a grassroots campaign office that was instrumental in banning plastic bags in L.A. Look for Nancy on the beach volleyball courts.
Ocean Adventures will provide the pizza and raffle prizes, please bring a refreshment of your choice.
Dive Club meetings are like a monthly Happy Hour full of divers! It’s a great way for you to meet new dive buddies and say hello to some old ones! *Due to some scheduling conflicts, our meetings are now on the third Thursday of the month. We hope to see you there!
Nancy Shrodes, Education & Outreach manager
Ocean Adventures Dive Club Meeting
Ocean Adventures Dive Co, 4144 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey
Thursday, June 15th
Socialize & shop
Heal the Bay presentation
Pizza, Raffle & more socializing