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Annual Coastal Cleanup Day in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties
Date Saturday September 15
Time 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Check the Save Our Shores website for a long list of beaches to clean along Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.
Event Type Other
Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event on the planet. Volunteers in over 100 countries around the world come together with one goal: preventing hundreds of thousands of pounds of pollution from trashing our oceans and harming marine wildlife.

Santa Cruz County: Pre-register and find your cleanup sites...

Monterey County: Pre-register and find your cleanup sites...

Last year, 4,580 Save Our Shores volunteers at 80 cleanup sites throughout Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties worked together to remove over 17,000 lbs. of pollution in just 3 hours - WOW!! In California, over 63,000 volunteers banded together to cleanup over 590,000 lbs. of pollution. We love our volunteers!!

We encourage all of our volunteers to Bring Your Own reusable bags, buckets, water bottles, and gloves to help lower the carbon footprint of this huge, community effort, though all cleanup materials will be provided. Pre-register via the links at the top of this page and we'll see you out there on September 15!

Site Captains lead the way to clean oceans:

The success of Annual Coastal Cleanup Day depends on the leadership of our Site Captains. You'll attend a brief training session in early September, and then just arrive early on Sept. 15 to sign-in your volunteers! Whether you are a regular SOS volunteer, or this is your very first time, participating in Coastal Cleanup Day is exciting and easy. Contact volunteer [at]

What to expect as a volunteer:

Volunteers arrive at their cleanup site at 9am ready to get to work!
Pre-registration (see links above) is encouraged, but is not mandatory. Bringing your own waiver form will also save you time. You may also pre-register and sign a waiver form once you arrive at the cleanup.

Please Note: For river cleanup sites, close-toed shoes, rubber boots, and heavy/garden gloves will help keep you clean and dry.

At the cleanup: your Site Captain will sign you in, distribute cleanup supplies, and provide a safety briefing. We encourage all volunteers to Bring Your Own reusable bags, buckets, gloves, and reusable water bottle to lower the carbon footprint of this event. Find more BYO ideas from the Coastal Commission...
SCUBA Divers: To register for a SCUBA cleanup at the Santa Cruz Wharf,
please stay tuned for information in 2012.

Kayak Cleanups: To register for a kayak cleanup, please stay tuned for information in 2012.

For School Groups:

One thing we know for sure - kids care about the ocean and it's many amazing critters!

You can organize your own campus, neighborhood, or beach cleanup anytime from September 6-15, or have your students participate at one of our many cleanups on September 15.

You may also be interested in having an SOS representative visit your classroom to give a presentation and lesson about marine debris, coastal ecology, and plastic pollution.
Email volunteer [at] to inquire.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Aug 21st, 2012 6:34 PM

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§Coastal Cleanup Day 2011 Data Summary for Santa Cruz Monterey Counties
by vis Save Our Shores Tuesday Aug 21st, 2012 6:36 PM

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Coastal Cleanup Day 2011 Data Summary for Santa Cruz Monterey Counties