September 20, 2016
Contact: Liz Davis
Contact: Kelly Taylor
Berlin, MD--Assateague Island needs you! For over 30 years, the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup has inspired worldwide volunteer action to remove trash from the world's beaches and waterways. Assateague Coastal Trust has coordinated a coastal cleanup at Assateague Island for more than 15 years. This year the coastal cleanup and National Public Lands Day come together in 2016, the Centennial year of the National Park Service, for a perfect trifecta in the great outdoors!
September 24th is National Public Lands Day
and an entrance fee free day! Volunteers check in by 9:00 am at North Ocean Beach Parking area in the Maryland District. The cleanup will end when the dumpster is full or around noon, whichever comes first. Coastal cleanup staff will assign volunteers to a beach or a bayside cleanup location and will provide tally sheets to track all the trash collected. Some volunteers will be transported to cleanup sites in park vehicles. Please keep in mind pets or small children requiring car seats or booster seats may not be transported in park vehicles. We remind all volunteers to bring work gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and water.
Small work crews will be organized the morning of the event to clean up the bayside on the north end of the island. If you are interested in doing some dirty, hard work, please wear sturdy close-toed shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy.
Owners of private 4-wheel drive vehicles with an OSV pass are encouraged to remove trash in the OSV area, however vehicles without a pass are not permitted to drive on the beach.
If you have questions or intend to bring a large group to participate in the cleanup, please contact Kelly Taylor at Kelly_Taylor@nps.gov or at 410-629-6077.