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Miami Dade College Y.E.S. Club Students to Participate in Virginia Key Restoration Project Jan. 10


Miami, January 8, 2014 - Students from Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Y.E.S. Club at the Hialeah Campus will join members of the United State Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC) and the Virginia Key Restoration Project to help restore the area’s natural habitat though a community restoration program at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10.

The students, who have been helping to restore Virginia Key for several semesters, will assist with the following:

·         Transplanting native seedlings, saplings and trees at the nursery of Virginia Key.

·         Removing exotic invasive vegetation in the Native Coastal Hammock area

·         Removing plant debris from the nature trail.

·         Preparing and mixing soil and compost.

·         Spreading mulch on the trail.

·         Planting a symbolic native tree

“Part of the mission of the Y.E.S. Club is to help restore areas like this one to maintain them as a legacy for future generations,” said Professor Ileana Porges-West, Y.E.S. Club Advisor.

The club has previously partnered with Miami-Dade County’s Parks and Recreation Department and has helped restore parts of other local parks, including Oleta River State Park, Amelia Earhart Park, Simpson Park and Everglades National Park.


MDC Y.E.S. Club students to participate in Virginia Key restoration project

  • WHEN: Friday, Jan. 10, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • WHERE: City Of Miami Nature Area Coastal Hammock & Native Plant Nursery Virginia Key Beach, Key Biscayne

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