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)

River Park Coastal Cleanup

TBD Vallejo, CA

The River Park Cleanup will take place behind Sunshine Smoothies and Coffee. There’s a large area for parking behind the smoothie shop. Follow this event page for any updates/information. I will keep you posted. Feel free to DM for any questions or concerns. For this cleanup please come prepared for social distancing and with a face mask. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Bring clothes and shoes that are comfortable and that you won’t mind getting dirty. Warm clothes for cool weather or lite clothes for warm weather. We will keep an eye on the weather forecast. Stay hydrated with water and your skin protected with sun block. We will have some cleanup supplies for first comers. If you can bring some gloves and large bags from home then great! We will work together in groups, however if you prefer to cleanup on your own that works too. Just stay within the area perimeter that we will cover for this cleanup event. We will have some waivers for volunteers to sign in the beginning of the cleanup event. Thanks again for you cooperation and understanding. 😃

Shoreline Cleanup Berkeley Marina (suspended)

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 (suspended)

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 (suspended)

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 (72)

Shoreline Cleanup Berkeley Marina (suspended)

Shorebird Park Nature Center

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