Caruso speaks to students at schools to spread knowledge.
She also assists with after-school programs, like the Kelp-Keep Club at Warner, that have donated their time to helping her cause.
“There has been great energy behind this project,” Caruso said. “Everybody just rallies.”
The public can help by using natural pesticides and herbicides, conserving water and decreasing run-off, not littering and by becoming knowledgeable about Marine Protected Areas.
Crystal Cove State Park Supervisor Ken Kramer said the facility is meant to give the park an opportunity to get the community involved in important environmental issues.
“We want visitors to walk away more educated, enriched and entertained,” he said. “This exhibit has been a resounding success.”
Caruso hopes to finish Heisler before moving on to Crescent Bay, but is not confident she will have the funding to complete it.
“It’s really bad — just a blanket of purple and red [sea creatures],” she said.
For more information about how you can help, or to make a donation, call Caruso at (714) 206-5147 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rotating Exhibit Facility will host different exhibits for one to three months at a time, which provide educational information about the environment or park.
To submit a proposal, contact the special events coordinator at (949) 494- 3534.