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Shoreline Clean Ups &  Adopt a beach programs

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Thank-you for your interest in helping the planet's oceans! 

The International Shoreline Cleanup  

The 33rd annual International Shoreline Cleanup will be on September 16th, 2017. It takes place once a year, all over the world. The clean-up is sponsored by organizations and government agencies such as the California Coastal Commission. You can also visit the Commission at    


  • Date: September 16, 2017
  • Time: Cleanup 9:00 am -12:00 noon and stay for the raffle 12:00 noon -1:00 pm

Where to meet

Meet at the Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave. Berkeley Marina. Please carpool if you can or take the A.C. transit 81 bus. Parking is limited. Bike parking available. 

Who should come?  

All ages are encouraged to come. This is a great family event! 

If you are bringing children/youth under age 18

  • Children must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Parents can sign at the event or send a signed waiver with the adult bringing their child. Waiver Here!  
  • Youth cannot stay without an adult unless they are 15 years or older.

What to expect when you arrive

  • Enjoy some morning snacks and coffee donated by Whole Foods Market.
  • Sign a waiver.
    • Each adult will sign a waiver for themselves.
    • Parents/guardians will sign for children/youth under age 18 or turn in a pre-signed child's waiver available for download here.
  • Safety talks, each lasting about ten minutes, begin at 9:00 and continue until 10:30.
  • After the talk, you will go with a site leader to one of the 7 clean-up locations. Most are within walking distance of the main staging area.
  • After the clean-up ends at 12:00 noon, please return to the Nature Center where we will collect your data cards and give you a raffle ticket for some wonderful prizes donated by local businesses.
    How to prepare 
  • Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers.
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen
  • We will provide data cards and pencils, and we encourage you to bring your own bucket and gloves. If you do not have them we will provide them for you.
  • Remember to bring signed waivers for children/youth under age 18.
    Where will we clean?  

    The cleanup takes place at the mouth of three creeks, along our east shoreline, and around the Berkeley Marina. Some of the shoreline areas we are cleaning are part of the Eastshore State Park, which extends along the shoreline between Emeryville and Richmond. The clean-up provides a wonderful, empowering reason to connect the cities, to make a difference and to explore the unique shoreline areas.

We will be picking up trash that comes down our creeks, into the Bay, and then into the Ocean. The clean-up locations are chosen based on where the tides and currents deposit the trash onto the shoreline. These areas of the Bay are like a big dirty bathtub ring. Typically, 80% of the litter we pick up comes from inland, not the ocean. 

Thank-you so very much for coming to clean, it really makes a difference!


Sept 19th 2016 Results.  Along the shorelines of the cities of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville, 1,015 volunteers picked up over 3,386 lbs of trash and 298 lbs of recyclables. Top items this year were 27,684 small plastic pieces;  9,280 bottle caps; 8,358 foam pieces; 8,152 cigarette butts; 5,826 food wrappers; 3,269 Foam Packaging items; 2,694 glass pieces; 2,156 straws and stirrers; 2,144 plastic bags; and 1,577 forks, knives and spoons.  This data volunteers collected will change laws and alert YOU the consumer that maybe we don't need to buy these items... 

You can make an even stronger impact by continuing your efforts throughout the year. Join us for our monthly cleanups described below. You can also help without leaving home. We need everyone every day to clean-up, so adopt 10 feet in front of your home or storm drain and clean it once a day. 


 Monthly Shoreline Cleanups  

Individuals, families and groups are welcome to join us on the third Saturday of each month for small clean-ups that meet here at the Shorebird Park Nature Center. WE NEED YOU ! 

Unfortunately, rain that cleans your street, washes the trash down the creeks and storm drains and onto our shores. They are continuously covered with trash and need your help.

  • Clean-ups begin at 9 and go until 11:30.
  • Please PRE-REGISTER  so we can email you additional information and waivers for children.
  • Let us know who many are in your group and ability range, so we can pick the right location for you.

On the day of the cleanup:

  • Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. We can provide materials but if you can bring your own gloves and buckets it helps.
  • All clean-ups include information about plastics pollution, give you ideas on how to help at home and end with a safety talk.
  • Data is collected at each clean-up, so we have facts to change laws. 
  • We will lead you to the location and show you how to deal with the trash and recycling.

If you 'd like to be part of these  clean-ups, just call and let us know you and your friends are interested. We will confirm the date and send you any pertinent information and waivers for those under 18 yrs. old for that day. 510 981-6720 or email .



Check back after the new year for more details.



If you are a group leader or a teacher, your group/class can participate in the Adopt-A-Shoreline Program which is a worthwhile community service project that effectively changes behavior about trash in the environment. Schools can adopt a shoreline around the Berkeley Marina in one visit. Public transportation: the  A.C. Transit 51B  bus comes here. Check their schedule. 

  • Depending on the size of your group and your needs, we can meet with group leaders prior to the date of the cleanup to walk the site and go over logistics and safety considerations. We will discuss which trash is recyclable, where to put the filled trash buckets/bags, and how to fill out the data cards. Data cards are what helps us change laws about Marine dumping. Teachers can tie in Math and graphing skills as well as sorting and writing.
  • For all groups or individuals:
    • On the day of your cleanup, when the group arrives, we will start with a presentation on how important the clean-up is.
    • The group will view a video about the global impact plastic is having on our oceans and waterways. This changes the experience from "Why do I have to pick up other peoples' trash?" to "Wow, I had no idea! What can I do to help?"
    • We will show them the area they will clean and how to do it efficiently and safely.
    • We provide a map of the location, data cards, bags, gloves, and sharps containers. If your group can provide your own gloves and a reusable bucket it helps even more .
    • If you are an individual, we will help you team with two other people so data collection is easier. (Teams of 2-5)

email or give us a call.    510 981-6720

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