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Shoreline Clean Up Program

  •  EARTH DAY SHORELINE CLEAN-UP
     
    SATURDAY APRIL 21, 2018 9am-11:30am
      
     strawberry cove cleanup 
    Join the Shorebird Park Nature Center on Saturday April 21st for our Annual Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup! 

    This will be a fun and educational opportunity to help protect our shoreline habitat here at the Berkeley Waterfront. 

    This event will 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.

    To RSVP please email naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info. Groups, families, and individuals welcome.

    Third Saturday 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. 

    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 naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info. 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: naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info  or 510-981-6720

    The International Shoreline Cleanup  

    The annual International Shoreline Cleanup 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 www.coast4u.org.    

    Date: September 15, 2018 
    • Time: Cleanup 9:00 am -12:00 noon and stay for the raffle 12:00pm -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...

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