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  • 09/19/2015 Point Reyes National Seashore

    California Coastal Cleanup Day 2015

    Point Reyes National Seashore, in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission, will be sponsoring a beach cleanup at Drakes Beach on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The cleanup will take place from 10 am to 2 pm. This is a family friendly event. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, lunch and/or snacks (the Drakes Beach Cafe is indefinitely closed), and their own water bottles.

    California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in the country. On this day, over 50,000 volunteers turn out to over 700 cleanup sites statewide to conduct what has been hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as "the largest garbage collection" (1993). Since the program started in 1985, close to 1 million Californians have removed almost 20 million pounds of debris from our state's shorelines and coast. In 2014, nearly 67,000 volunteers removed more than 1,190,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California's beaches, lakes, and waterways. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by The Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events of the year.

    Coastal Cleanup Day is the highlight of the California Coastal Commission's year-round Adopt-A-Beach program and usually takes place every year on the third Saturday of September, from 10 am to 2 pm. Coming at the end of the summer beach season and right near the start of the school year, Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun. Coastal Cleanup Day is also the kick-off event for Coastweeks-three weeks of coastal and water-related events for the whole family.

    Everybody that joins a beach cleanup is required to sign the California Coastal Commission's waiver form.

    The Marin MPA Watch team (a program coordinated by Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, California Academy of Sciences, and Point Reyes National Seashore) will exhibit their Marine Debris Art Projects, created totally from trash collected off Drakes Beach in June, July and August. The art projects have been constructed by local community groups, MPA Watch volunteers, and other community members. For more information on the marine debris art program, visit www.marinmpawatch.org/summer-programs.

    Download the 2015 California Coastal Cleanup Day at Drakes Beach flyer [English (227 KB PDF) or Spanish (239 KB PDF)]

    Location: Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore | Map Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Anela Ramos Contact Email: anela_ramos@nps.gov Contact Phone Number: 415-464-5146
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