In November 2012, a group of local activists got together to address the abundance of litter in Mill Valley. The group included representatives of the Outdoor Art Club (OAC), the Mill Valley Chamber and others who were eager to save our wildlife, streets and waterways from the negative impact of debris that is too often present and sometimes ignored.

Fast forward seven years, and with the support of a start-up grant from the OAC, and Clean Mill Valley, the result of that gathering, is a multi-faceted organization dedicated to the beautification of Mill Valley and continues to gather momentum. Clean Mill Valley programs include working with merchants, schools, government agencies and other environmental organizations to prevent litter from getting around. Nearly 200 local businesses are members of Clean Mill Valley, having pledged to keep their premises litter free and even train employees about recycling. 

With that continued focus In mind, Clean Mill Valley and the Outdoor Art Club (OAC), which was founded by 35 women activists in 1902 in part “to preserve the natural scenery of Mill Valley and the surrounding country,” are joining forces to remove litter from Boyle Park on Friday, October 11, from 10-11:30am. Boyle Park is at 11 East Drive at East Blithedale Avenue.

“All are welcome to help in our work,” says Clean Mill Valley co-founder Joan Murray. “Come for whatever amount of time that you can spend with us. Bring your garden gloves and a bag lunch if you can stay.”

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