October 10, 2014 – WHO: Local and international organizations that comprise the bi-national Tijuana River Action Network (TRAN) collaboration include 4Walls International, CA State Parks, I Love a Clean San Diego, Friends of Friendship Park, The San Diego Foundation, Surfrider San Diego, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, WILDCOAST, Tijuana Calidad de Vida, Pronatura Noroeste, Proyecto Fronterizo de Educación Ambiental, Remexmar, and Papalotzin. These entities are committed to cross-border collaboration to restore the Tijuana River watershed by engaging in outreach, education and advocacy.

A Reason To Survive (ARTS) is partnering with TRAN to beautify Border Field State Park by working with Southwest High School students to create a custom mosaic art piece for the entrance.

Schedule of Events:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Goat Canyon Clean-up – major volunteer project to address the massive amounts of ocean-bound trash and debris currently clogging the Tijuana River Valley
12:00 p.m. ARTS custom mosaic art unveiling at Border Field State Park entrance
12:30 p.m. Words of appreciation for volunteers at bi-national Friendship Garden of Native Plants inside Friendship Park; and bi-national representative planting of native plant species
1:00 p.m. Butterfly release symbolizing new beginnings

WHEN: Saturday, October 11, 2014

WHERE: Border Field State Park, 1500 Monument Rd, San Diego, CA 92154

WHY: TRAN will address the sediment, trash and other pollutants carried in storm water run-off that threatens the Tijuana River Valley’s valuable ecological, cultural, recreational, and economic resources.

About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $675 million in assets, $400 million of which resides in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $891 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, visit The San Diego Foundation at sdfoundation.org.

About TRAN
The Tijuana River Action Network (TRAN) is a collaborative of grassroots-community groups and nonprofits from the U.S. and Mexico committed to cross-border collaboration to address the conservation and restoration of the Tijuana River watershed by engaging in outreach, education and advocating for natural resources. For additional information, visit www.tjriveraction.net.

About Opening the Outdoors
The Opening the Outdoors program promotes philanthropy, civic engagement, and collaboration between business, government and community to increase support for connecting, protecting and increasing access to nature in our region. For additional information, visit sdfoundation.org/OTO.

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Theresa Nakata, The San Diego Foundation, 619-890-1378, theresan@sdfoundation.org