Please join us on Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 11 am to 2 pm (tentative)
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 and Point Reyes National Seashore Association, will be sponsoring a Beach cleanup at Drakes Beach on Saturday, September 21, 2019. 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 2016, nearly 60,000 volunteers removed more than 710,000 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 73 volunteers who helped collect approximately 635 pounds of garbage and marine debris from Drakes Beach on September 15, 2018, eight pounds of which were sorted for recycling. The most interesting pieces of trash gathered were radar equipment from a boat, a tractor tire, and a one-ounce plastic to-go condiment container still filled with ketchup! The most common pieces of trash were broken pieces of plastic, cigarette butts.
This is an annual effort in California, when citizens come out to help collect data and clean up our beaches. Contact Fiona O'kelly 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 Fiona O'Kelly at least 2 weeks in advance.] Or visit the California Coastal Commission's California Coastal Cleanup Day page for information about other locations.