Group event at Big Egg Marsh Beach to volunteer for a beach clean up project.
Big Egg Marsh Beach Clean-up Information:
PLEASE READ EVERYTHING HERE!!! VERY IMPORTANT!!
This event is from 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Waivers (aka The Red Tape):
Please find the CMRC volunteer form and waiver (CMRC waiver) and the National Park Service Waiver (NPS waiver Page 1 and Page 2).
This is in the File Section. PLEASE don't forget to fill it out!
If it rains we will be cancelling the event, but the current forecast looks fine!
What to bring:
Come prepared! The CMRC highly recommends you bring the following items to make your day pleasant:
- read and signed CMRC volunteer form and waivers (attached)
- good walking shoes that can get wet and dirty
- not required, but if you can carry them, boots for walking in the marsh or extra shoes
- change of socks
- wear clothes that can get dirty and sandy
- wind breaker and sweatshirt if the weather is below 75 degrees as it can get cold by the water
- hat, sunscreen, and sun glasses
- bug repellant
- reading material or other items to pass the time if taking public transit
- water and snacks
- a camera if you want some nice, distant photos of Manahattan
- binoculars for bird watching or viewing Manhattan
- raincoat in case of bad weather
Remember you must be in good physical health to participate. If you are tired or must rest at any time during the event, please do so and enjoy the beach. Please remember at the end of the day to pack out all items you bring to the beach.
Attached to this email you will find an aerial view of the beach. The beach is at the end of this road (you can enter this address into Google Maps - the location is in Queens but shows up as Far Rockaway):
W. 22nd Street, Far Rockaway, NY
Directions to the Beach via public transit (from Manhattan and Brooklyn):
The Beach Clean-up will be held at the "Big Egg Marsh" beach, located about 500 yards west of the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Take the A train towards Queens. Near Queens, at the Rockaway Blvd station, the A train will go either to Lefferts Blvd. or to the Rockaways. Make sure you are on a Rockaways bound A train (ask the conductor if you are not sure). You can switch to the correct A train at the Rockaway Blvd. Station. To make it simple, however, don't take a Lefferts Blvd. bound A train when you start out.
Take the the A train to the Broad Channel station. Exit the station to walk west on Noel Rd. to Cross Bay Blvd. Turn left at Cross Bay Blvd (you'll be walking south). Walk south until you get to W. 22nd Street - the last street before the bridge. Turn right at W. 22nd St. and follow to the baseball diamond. The beach is just past center field - walk to center field and continue until you find the path through the marsh grass. You'll see us on the beach.
Attached to this email is an aerial view of the beach - you'll see it west of the bridge, south of the unmarked baseball diamond.
The CMRC reminds all walkers and transit riders to take caution crossing streets, look for cars, and wear good shoes.
Driving Directions to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center:
If anyone will be driving, we would meet them 15 minutes before the start time at the Jamaica Bay Visitors Center.
From North, East, and West:
Belt Parkway to Exit 17 S, Cross Bay Boulevard.
Proceed south on Cross Bay Boulevard across the Joseph Addabbo - North Channel Bridge. The Visitor Contact Station is approximately 1.5 miles past the bridge on the right. Turn right at traffic light for Visitor Contact Station parking.
Alternate, and from the South:
Beach Channel Drive to the Cross Bay - Veterans Memorial Bridge. Cross the bridge toward Broad Channel.
Follow Cross Bay Boulevard through Broad Channel, about 1 mile. Turn left at traffic light into the Visitor Contact Station parking lot.
This project is coordianted by the The Coastal Marine Resource Center.
Please contact Laura (Group Organizer) with any questions.