MANATEE -- For the past six years, Nature's Academy has taken Manatee County fifth-graders to Anna Maria Island to clean litter from the coastline and learn about science at the same time.
Now, the nonprofit science literacy organization is giving kids of all grades and adults the chance to do the same thing.
"Summertime Community Coastal Cleanup!" is scheduled fro 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Coquina Bayside Park, 2651 S. Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, said Dana Pounds, executive director and co-founder of Nature's Academy.
"Our beaches have had a lot of use this summer and have a lot of excess debris," Pounds said. "So, we decided to have this event shortly after July 4 to clean up."
Pounds hopes about 100 people from the public show up to walk the southern end of Anna Maria Island, from Leffis Key south on the Bayside, picking up litter.
But before the litter brigade takes off, a staff of about six from Nature's Academy will give a 15-minute talk about the animals and plants that live on the coast, Pounds said.
"Gloves, receptacles and pickers will be provided," Pounds said.
For information, visit NaturesAcademy.org/cosatal-cleanup-2015.