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NYC Surfrider Weaves Fun & Teamwork Into Bio-Swale Project

May 22 2015

NYC Surfrider Weaves Fun & Teamwork Into Bio-Swale Project

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Surfers, the City and a business team up for a second year of turning a landscape "brick" into a "sponge" to absorb water, filter pollution and create beautiful wildlife habitat.

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Surfers & Turtles Like Florida’s Natural Beaches

May 12 2015

Surfers & Turtles Like Florida’s Natural Beaches

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Florida's Sebastian Inlet Surfrider Chapter had helped re-plant beaches in a wildlife refuge for several years. So when they heard that an oceanfront home was going to be demolished, they were there to restore the property to native coastal strand.

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Part 3: Got A Hurricane? Get A Garden!

April 14 2015

Part 3: Got A Hurricane? Get A Garden!

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

For Part 3, we head to the East Coast - Wilmington, North Carolina - for an Ocean Friendly Garden sponging up rainwater to help clean up surf and shellfish habitat, plus slow down and sink water to preventing flooding.

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Part 2: OFG Creates Cleaner Surf & Saves Water

April 09 2015

Part 2: OFG Creates Cleaner Surf & Saves Water

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW Lawn Patrol

Did you know your yard can provide the lifeblood of a healthy watershed and ocean? With the proper design, installation and maintenance, you will not only ensure a healthy landscape, but reduce water use and have piece of mind and more free time to spend enjoying the ocean.

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Spring Maintenance Activity - It’s Time For Mulch Madness!

March 16 2015

Spring Maintenance Activity - It’s Time For Mulch Madness!

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Surfrider chapters look for events that are turn-key and make a difference. Like college basketball's March Madness, one Surfrider chapter is teaming up with a city to inaugurate an annual event they call Mulch Madness!

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School Garden Overcomes Challenges & Goes With The Flow

February 16 2015

School Garden Overcomes Challenges & Goes With The Flow

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW

The Peninsula Elementary School Rain Garden shows the importance of patience, utilizing Surfrider chapter resources, and developing partnerships. The project team had to solve problems: flooding problems in a school courtyard, clogged storm drain piping, and a small budget.

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Students Build Garden Friendly To Ocean & Butterflies

October 24 2014

Students Build Garden Friendly To Ocean & Butterflies

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

This project got started when Surfrider-First Coast Chapter Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) Coordinator, Paul Hayden, got a request from Fletcher Middle School Art Teacher, Chris Hicks (in Jacksonville Beach, Florida), to help turn three garden spots at the School into Ocean Friendly Butterfly Gardens.

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Steps To Create An Ocean Friendly Garden

October 03 2014

Steps To Create An Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

From checking out local gardens and evaluating your site, to hosting a workday, there are steps to success for both the garden owner and the Surfrider chapter.

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A Turn For the Better For A Maui Beach Park

September 09 2014

A Turn For the Better For A Maui Beach Park

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Maui beach parks have been a source of polluted runoff. The Surfrider-Maui Chapter installaed two Ocean Friendly Gardens at the S-Turns Beach Park to demonstrate a new model.

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Surfrider Un-Paving San Francisco & Scaling-Up Ocean Friendly Gardens

April 18 2014

Surfrider Un-Paving San Francisco & Scaling-Up Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Surfrider activists work with a team of a 5 residents on a street, plus the support of government and a fellow non-profit to clean up urban runoff by greening up cemented-over parkways in San Francisco. It's a way to scale-up OFG.

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Oahu Chapter Pumps Out First OFG (Rain Garden)

March 13 2014

Oahu Chapter Pumps Out First OFG (Rain Garden)

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Surfrider-Oahu partners with a local non-profit watershed management group on a class, then a workday. The non-profit brought funding for materials. 10 volunteers built the garden and had fun doing it!

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Raise a Glass to 1st Ocean Friendly Beer Garden

January 02 2014

Raise a Glass to 1st Ocean Friendly Beer Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Leaders with the Coos Bay Surfrider Chapter decided to apply OFG principles to their own business: a brewery. They help create the first Ocean Friend Beer Garden!

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A+ In Collaboration For School Bio-Swale Project

October 03 2013

A+ In Collaboration For School Bio-Swale Project

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

A team of school staff, parents and kids working with community groups, professionals and Surfrider-Ventura County Chapter made this garden happen. Now the school district grounds and maintenance staff are up for doing them at more schools!

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The 2012 OFG Annual Report

July 26 2013

The 2012 OFG Annual Report

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW Lawn Patrol

The Surfrider chapters, volunteers, students and advisors that make up the Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) Program undertook an awesome effort to both educate the public about OFG and conduct hands-on trainings to build OFGs in their communities during 2012. We are thankful to our funders: Aveda, California Coastal Commission, West…

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6 Ocean Friendly Gardens Events In One Day in Southern California!

May 21 2013

6 Ocean Friendly Gardens Events In One Day in Southern California!

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW

Temperatures are warming and people are thinking about garden plans. Interest among property owners and water agencies is growing for an approach like OFG that combines water quality, water supply and other issues. 6 OFG events, sponsored by Surfrider chapters or private- and public-sector partners, took place in just one…

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Surfrider Club At Florida Elementary School Plants First Ocean Friendly Garden

May 13 2013

Surfrider Club At Florida Elementary School Plants First Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Students with the Surfrider QUAD Club decided that their first project would be a hands-on experience with installing an Ocean Friendly Garden. Now it's a permanent solution to pollution and a great learning tool for them and for the community. It may spark changes off campus, too!

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Thousands See News Clip & Millions Will Walk By Strand OFG

April 26 2013

Thousands See News Clip & Millions Will Walk By Strand OFG

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Though Ocean Friendly Garden principles apply along the coast as well as inland, it's great when an OFG is installed along a high-profile beach boardwalk. To top it off, the ribbon cutting was covered by a major tv station, including a water district director giving the Surfrider OFG pitch!

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Surfrider OFG Teams Up With Habitat For Humanity

April 18 2013

Surfrider OFG Teams Up With Habitat For Humanity

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

A Ventura, CA Surfrider activist with the Ocean Friendly Gardens Program learned about Habitat rehabbing a house and asked them about partnering on re-doing the landscape. The local Habitat rep liked the idea and loved the result. The next door neighbor may be next and including a curb cut, and…

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High School Students Connect Water Quality Testing & Ocean Friendly Gardens

February 25 2013

High School Students Connect Water Quality Testing & Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Students at this high school had already been actively participating in local water quality testing through Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force (BWTF). After helping to create an Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) at their high school, the students will be monitoring how well garden's soil acts like a sponge to absorb…

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Multi-City Departments Collaborate With Chapter at Santa Barbara OFG Workday

November 13 2012

Multi-City Departments Collaborate With Chapter at Santa Barbara OFG Workday

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

It takes a village to raise a child - and to create an Ocean Friendly Garden. Several city government departments worked with the Surfrider chapter: from redirecting a downspout and installing the dry stream bed to providing tools and food. Once again, workday "coaching" was provided by G3/The Green Gardens…

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