What we're about

Join the world's largest effort for our oceans and waterways. Cleaning shorelines.

Begun with rubber duckies in the mid-70's, now on a single day in Sep 2015, > 18 M pounds of trash was collected by ~800 K volunteers globally.

• 32 M tons of plastics are produced / year, (~10% is recycled).

• ~12.2 M tons / year of plastics go into the ocean.

• ~4800 additives in plastics, most unknown, but with 175 Known carcinogens/endocrine disrupters.

• Per year kills > 100 K marine mammals, millions of fish.

Join conservationist singles, families & groups of > 400 cleaning “hot spot” shores & creeks - in one fun, outdoor morning!

For families with young children, data collection cleanups are great - safe & teach making a difference. Also Nature Centers, i.e. Berkeley Marina, tend to include safety & environmental trainings. Hot spot cleanups can be tough for data collection beyond pure poundage.

You can download CleanSwell & collect data / do a spontaneous cleanup whenever & wherever you see the need.

An hour or two spent cleaning & protecting our food chain is quality time with the Anthropocene era. :)

Staci

Upcoming events (5+)

Shoreline Cleanup Berkeley Marina

Shorebird Park Nature Center

We gather every third Saturday at Berkeley's Shorebird Nature Center, for a little citizen research data collection via a cleanup & training on the Bay estuary watershed. Then we collect data from 1000's of food wrappers, shotgun shells, straws, children's toys, plastic bottle caps & photo-degraded plastics on the shore. Cleanup data led to the first city plastic bag bans, here in Berkeley & state-wide in California in 2014. Now they're leading to the coming ban on micro-beads. If you are bringing > 5 people with you, please contact us at below & let us know. We will send you any pertinent information and waivers for those under 18 yrs old. In prep for the day... • Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. • If you can bring your own gloves and buckets it helps. (We do provide materials) • We provide a map, bags, gloves, data cards, and sharps containers. • You will team up in groups of 2-5 with one designated data collector. • To gain familiarity with the categories (data comes in fast & furious) you can download the CleanSwell app in advance. • Bring your own coffee, sunscreen, hats & water! Any questions? Just email Berkeley Shorebird Nature Center Staff or give a call. naturecenter@cityofberkeley,info[masked] Thanks for your interest in the fun fight to clean our planet's oceans! We look forward to having fun conducting citizen research together!

Shoreline Cleanup Berkeley Marina

Shorebird Park Nature Center

We gather every third Saturday at Berkeley's Shorebird Nature Center, for a little citizen research data collection via a cleanup & training on the Bay estuary watershed. Then we collect data from 1000's of food wrappers, shotgun shells, straws, children's toys, plastic bottle caps & photo-degraded plastics on the shore. Cleanup data led to the first city plastic bag bans, here in Berkeley & state-wide in California in 2014. Now they're leading to the coming ban on micro-beads. If you are bringing > 5 people with you, please contact us at below & let us know. We will send you any pertinent information and waivers for those under 18 yrs old. In prep for the day... • Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. • If you can bring your own gloves and buckets it helps. (We do provide materials) • We provide a map, bags, gloves, data cards, and sharps containers. • You will team up in groups of 2-5 with one designated data collector. • To gain familiarity with the categories (data comes in fast & furious) you can download the CleanSwell app in advance. • Bring your own coffee, sunscreen, hats & water! Any questions? Just email Berkeley Shorebird Nature Center Staff or give a call. naturecenter@cityofberkeley,info[masked] Thanks for your interest in the fun fight to clean our planet's oceans! We look forward to having fun conducting citizen research together!

Shoreline Cleanup Berkeley Marina

Shorebird Park Nature Center

We gather every third Saturday at Berkeley's Shorebird Nature Center, for a little citizen research data collection via a cleanup & training on the Bay estuary watershed. Then we collect data from 1000's of food wrappers, shotgun shells, straws, children's toys, plastic bottle caps & photo-degraded plastics on the shore. Cleanup data led to the first city plastic bag bans, here in Berkeley & state-wide in California in 2014. Now they're leading to the coming ban on micro-beads. If you are bringing > 5 people with you, please contact us at below & let us know. We will send you any pertinent information and waivers for those under 18 yrs old. In prep for the day... • Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. • If you can bring your own gloves and buckets it helps. (We do provide materials) • We provide a map, bags, gloves, data cards, and sharps containers. • You will team up in groups of 2-5 with one designated data collector. • To gain familiarity with the categories (data comes in fast & furious) you can download the CleanSwell app in advance. • Bring your own coffee, sunscreen, hats & water! Any questions? Just email Berkeley Shorebird Nature Center Staff or give a call. naturecenter@cityofberkeley,info[masked] Thanks for your interest in the fun fight to clean our planet's oceans! We look forward to having fun conducting citizen research together!

Shoreline Cleanup Berkeley Marina

Shorebird Park Nature Center

We gather every third Saturday at Berkeley's Shorebird Nature Center, for a little citizen research data collection via a cleanup & training on the Bay estuary watershed. Then we collect data from 1000's of food wrappers, shotgun shells, straws, children's toys, plastic bottle caps & photo-degraded plastics on the shore. Cleanup data led to the first city plastic bag bans, here in Berkeley & state-wide in California in 2014. Now they're leading to the coming ban on micro-beads. If you are bringing > 5 people with you, please contact us at below & let us know. We will send you any pertinent information and waivers for those under 18 yrs old. In prep for the day... • Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. • If you can bring your own gloves and buckets it helps. (We do provide materials) • We provide a map, bags, gloves, data cards, and sharps containers. • You will team up in groups of 2-5 with one designated data collector. • To gain familiarity with the categories (data comes in fast & furious) you can download the CleanSwell app in advance. • Bring your own coffee, sunscreen, hats & water! Any questions? Just email Berkeley Shorebird Nature Center Staff or give a call. naturecenter@cityofberkeley,info[masked] Thanks for your interest in the fun fight to clean our planet's oceans! We look forward to having fun conducting citizen research together!

Past events (48)

Shoreline Cleanup Berkeley Marina

Shorebird Park Nature Center

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