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Shoreline Clean Up Program

Third Saturday Shoreline Cleanups  
strawberry cove cleanup

ATTENTION: SHORELINE CLEANUP CANCELLED SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17 due to poor air quality. Please join us on Saturday December 15th! 

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

These events feature a service learning presentation/ safety talk on the impact of trash and plastics on our oceans and waterways, and how we can help. Bring your own buckets and gloves, or borrow ours.   

Meet at the Nature Center at 9:00am to sign waivers and for the orientation.  Directions.  

If you are bringing children or 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. Youth cannot stay without an adult unless they are 15 years or older.  
  • If you are leading a group of youth, please email the Nature Center to get the necessary waivers. 

    To RSVP please email Groups, families, and individuals welcome.          
  • Adopt A Beach  
    If you are a group leader or a teacher, your group/class can participate in the Adopt-A-Shoreline Program. This is a worthwhile community service project to learn first hand about the impacts of trash and plastics on the environment. Schools can adopt a shoreline around the Berkeley Marina in one visit. Public transportation: the  AC Transit 81 bus comes here. Check their schedule.   

    For groups of 35 or more:  
    • 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 short 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.

     For groups of 35 or less: naturalist staff will work with your group by providing appropriate waivers as well as data cards, bags, gloves, and sharps containers. If your group can provide your own gloves and a reusable bucket it helps even more. We will also provide a map of the marina and direct your group to a cleanup location.  

    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. 

    Email or give us a call to schedule a cleanup:  or 510-981-6720


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    Join the Shorebird Park Nature Center for the International Shoreline Cleanup on September 21, 2019 

    This will be a fun and educational opportunity to help protect our shoreline habitat here at the Berkeley Waterfront, The International Shoreline Cleanup is an annual event that takes place all over the word, the cleanup is sponsored by organizations and government agencies such as the California Coastal Commission.

    Where to meet: Meet at the Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave, Berkeley 94710 Directions.  

    Time: 9:00am-12:00pm, stay for the raffle from 12:00pm-1pm! 

    Who should come?: All ages are encouraged to come! This is a great family event. Groups of 10 or more please pre-register by emailing the Nature Center at 

    If you are bringing children/ youth under age 18: Children and youth under age 18 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 available here.

    Additional Event Information:  
    • 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
    • Safety talks begin at 9:00am and continue until 10:30am. 
    • After the safety talk, volunteers will go with a site leader to one of our cleanup locations- most are within walking distance of Shorebird Park. 
    • After the cleanup ends at 12pm, please return to Shorebird Park where we will collect data cards and have a raffle with wonderful prizes donated by local business.  
    Helpful Tips: 
    • Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers.
    • Wear a hat and sunscreen
    • We will provide data cards and pencils and will have buckets, gloves and bags available. Volunteers who have their own buckets and gloves are encouraged to bring them.  

    2018 Coastal Cleanup Day Results.  Along the shorelines of the cities of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville, 1,067 volunteers picked up over 4,597 lbs of trash and 391 lbs of recyclables. Top items this year were 12,515 small plastic pieces;  2,501 bottle caps; 16,759 foam pieces; 9,829 cigarette butts; 7,241 food wrappers; 2,217 Foam Packaging items; 8,839 glass pieces; 1,455 straws and stirrers; 1,170 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...

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