In preparation for their science trip to the Florida Keys, students participated in a beach clean-up on.  The clean-up helped to address two key topics that the students have been learning about; coastal ecosystems and human impact on the environment.  After spending the afternoon cleaning, it was clear to students how important it is to not only take care of waste properly, but how to decrease the amount produced in general.  They discussed the realities of decomposition and the negative consequences that waste has on marine life.  This experience, along with the trip to the Keys, will increase student awareness of Florida’s unique ecological needs.  More importantly, they are learning that they can be advocates for their community and environment.