5 Events in September You Don't Want to Miss

5 Events in September You Don't Want to Miss

As summer comes to a close and the kids go back to school, the beginning of fall means the days start to get a little shorter, the nights start to get a little cooler (well, sometimes), and the events on your calendar start to fill up faster than summer flew by. Though it’s not officially “fall” season yet, there are several events coming up we know you won’t want to miss - from public workshops and film screenings to litter cleanups and kayaking adventures.

1. Mobile Harbor GRR Meeting

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When: Thursday, September 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Bayou La Batre Community Center

Why You Should Go: If you’re invested in the future of our Port, we strongly encourage you to attend the upcoming Mobile Harbor Meeting. Hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), this open house will show proposed plans to deepen and widen the Harbor. You’ll have the chance to listen to project updates, ask questions, and submit comments of your own. These plans could have significant impacts on our natural resources - potentially affecting our shorelines, the health of our fish, oysters, and other marine life, and much more. In Coastal Alabama, we’re a community that depends on these resources to maintain a healthy environment, economy, and community. Therefore, public involvement in this study is vital to ensure all impacts are evaluated and our environment is protected. Click here to learn more about this project. 


2. Kayak Cleanup on One Mile Creek


When: Friday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: One Mile Creek at Sumpter St. & N. Hamilton St.

** BYOB - Bring your own boat! 

Why You Should Go: If you’re looking for an excuse to get out of the office and sweat out that Friday morning hangover, here’s your best chance. Be forewarned warned though - this isn’t your average litter cleanup. We’ll be deep in the trenches of One Mile Creek removing whatever litter and debris we may find. This event serves as the kickoff for a federal grant we were awarded by NOAA to help Mobile “Move Toward a Litter Free Mardi Gras”. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes and comfortable clothes you don't mind getting a little wet or dirty. If you don't want to clean up from the water, no worries! You can pick up litter from the banks of the creek. If you think your boss might let you off the hook, remind him/her that it's all for a good cause, right? Click here to sign up today.


3.  30th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup


When: Saturday, September 16 from 8 a.m. until noon.

Where: Numerous locations throughout Mobile & Baldwin Counties

Why You Should Go: If your “good cause” excuse didn’t work above, you’re in luck - the Alabama Coastal Cleanup is the very next day. Over the past 30 years, this event has mobilized more than 87,000 volunteers, removed a total of 1.6 million pounds of debris, and cleaned 5,441 miles of coast in Alabama. Organizers are also incorporating recycling at all 30 sites this year and are still in need of recycling coordinators. Best of all, if you participate, you get to choose from 30 different cleanup locations in Mobile & Baldwin Counties - including the Flora-Bama (bushwhackers, anyone?).

If you are interested in participating as a recycling coordinator, please contact Yael Girard at yael@weeksbay.org or call 251-990-5004.


4. Film Screening of "A Beautiful Planet"

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Why You Should Go: Calling all science nerds and nature lovers - this weeknight outing has your name on it! As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re partnering with our friends at the Exploreum to host an IMAX film screening of “A Beautiful Planet”. Following the film, guest speaker Dr. Ruth Carmichael from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will lead a discussion on how our actions impact sea life. Tickets are $15 and include light refreshments. Ready to nerd out? Click here to purchase your ticket today. Space is limited! 

Special thanks to AM/NS Calvert for making this event possible through their generous support. 


5. Poker Paddle with WildNative Delta Safaris

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When: Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center (Bartram Landing)

Why You Should Go: Bring the family for a fun-filled Saturday morning with WildNative Delta Safaris where you can a) enjoy spending time on the water, b) play a fun game, and c) support a good cause. In this water-based scavenger hunt, you’ll follow maps to designated points and collect as many cards in sealed envelopes as you can before the buzzer sounds. The best poker hands win trophies! Are you up for the challenge? Registration is $35/boat and a portion of proceeds will be donated to support our mission. Click here to reserve your spot today! 

For more information about upcoming events, please visit mobilebaykeeper.org/upcoming-events or call 251-433-4229.