Please join us on Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Location: Drakes Beach (Directions)
Meet in front of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center
Point Reyes National Seashore, in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission, will be sponsoring a Beach cleanup at Drakes Beach on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The cleanup will take place from 11 am to 2 pm. This is a family friendly event. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, lunch and/or snacks, and their own water bottles. The PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach sells merchandise and some pre-packaged food and drinks.
California Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual event which occurs on the third Saturday of September. 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 2015, nearly 68,000 volunteers removed more than 1,143,000 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.
Point Reyes National Seashore thanks the 78 volunteers who helped collect approximately 357 pounds of garbage and marine debris from Drakes Beach on September 19, 2015, thirty-nine pounds of which were sorted for recycling. The most interesting pieces of trash gathered were: a surfboard, random single shoes (none of which had pairs), and a pillow! The most common pieces of trash were french tubes, shot gun shells, and broken pieces of plastic.
This is an annual effort in California, when citizens come out to help collect data and clean up our beaches. Meet in front of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach at 10 am to pick up supplies. Contact Greg Purifoy by email for more details. [If you plan on bringing a school class, a Scout Troop, or other group of 10 or more people, please contact Greg Purifoy at least 2 weeks in advance.] Or visit the California Coastal Commission's California Coastal Cleanup Day page for information about other locations.