Berkeley Marina
Berkeley Marina

Shoreline Clean Ups &  Adopt a beach programs

  •  Thank-you for your interest in helping the planets oceans. Individual and groups are welcome to join us each month for small clean-ups that meet here at the Shorebird Park Nature center. You can also come in April for our Earth day Clean-up and the Plastic free July clean-up. If you 'd like to be part of our smaller clean-ups just call and let us know you and your friends are interested and we will confirm the date and send you any pertinent information for that day.
  • If you are a group leader or a teacher, 
    your group can Adopt-A-Shoreline and do two or more clean-ups a year. We'll help!
    The Adopt-A-Shoreline Program give you the opportunity to take care of a specific section of the shoreline and watch it change over the season. Schools can adopt a beach in one visit.
  • We  meet with group leaders prior to the date of the cleanup to walk the site, go over logistics, safety considerations, what kind of trash is recyclable and where to put the filled trash buckets/bags, how to fill out the data cards and more.

  •  On the day of your cleanup, when the group arrives, we  start with a presentation on how to do the clean-up and the Synthetic Seas video about the global impact plastic is having on our oceans and waterways. It changes the experience from "Why do I have to pick up other peoples' trash?" to "Wow, I had no idea! What can I do to help?"
    We will show them the area they will clean and how to do it. We provide a map of the location, data cards, bags, gloves, and sharps containers. If you can provide your own gloves and a reusable bucket it helps even more . We will help you team with two other people so data collection is easier. ( Teams of 2-5)

    Third Sat each month we will do a shoreline clean-up.
    Just email or give us a call. naturecenter@cityofberkeley,info 510 981-6720

    Individuals, small groups and Groups of 10 or more need to to preregister for all clean-ups by calling 510-981-6720.

  •  The International Shoreline Cleanup was September 19th and is in its 31st  year and takes place once a year, all over the world.The clean-up is is sponsored by organizations and government agencies such as the California Coastal Commission. You can also visit the Commission at    
  • Who? All ages are encouraged to come- Great family event. Children need to have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian and cannot come with out an adult unless they are 15 years or older. Waiver Here!
  • Where?
  • Please car pool if you can or take the A.C. transit 51B bus. Parking is limited. Bike parking available. Meet at the dirt hill behind the Sea breeze Market at the corner of University Ave. and West Frontage Rd. Whole Foods Market is providing som morning snacks and coffee and we will begin the Safety talks  at 9:00-  until 10:45. Clean-up ends at 12.. From there you can leave to go to the 7 clean-up locations most with in walking distance from the main staging area.
  • What?
  • We will provide data cards and pencils and we encourage you to bring your own bucket and gloves. If you do not have them we will provide them for you.
  • After the clean-up at 12:00 please return to the staging area where we will collect your data cards and give you a raffle ticket to some wonderful prizes that are donated by local businesses.  We will be picking up trash that comes down our creeks into the Bay and then into the Ocean. The clean-up locations are chosen depending on where the tides and currents blow the trash onto the shoreline.These areas of the Bay are like a big dirty bathtub ring. Typically, 80% of the litter we pick up comes from inland, not the ocean. 

    It takes place at the mouth of three creeks, and along our east shoreline and all around the Berkeley Marina. Some of the shoreline areas we are cleaning are part of the East shore State Park, which extends along the shoreline between Emeryville and Richmond. The clean-up provides a wonderful, empowering reason to connect the cities, to make a difference and to explore the unique shoreline areas. We encourage neighbors to do community service to clean up the Aquatic Park. This was a great opportunity for parents and kids to work together on cleaning up the environment, and is also a popular opportunity to earn service-learning credit!

    Thank-you so very much for coming to clean, it really makes a difference. Unfortunately, rain that cleaned your street, washed the trash down the creeks and storm drains onto our shores. They are already covered again with trash and need your help. Once a year does not do it any more. We need everyone everyday to clean-up, so adopt 10 feet in front of your home or storm drain and clean it once a day. 

  • This year, Sept 19th 2015 Results.  Along the shorelines of the cities of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville,909 volunteers picked up over 2,475 lbs of trash and 910 lbs of recyclable. Top Items this year were 29,826 small plastic pieces, 27,487 foam pieces, 8,487 glass pieces, 6,868 cigarette butts, 6,575 food wrappers, 5,400 bottle caps,  3,361 straws and stirrers, 3220 Foam Packaging,  1,990 plastic bags, 1,433 cigar tips.  We actually had over 40,424 individual pieces picked up and tallied!    This data that was collected will change laws and alert YOU the consumer that maybe we don't need to buy these items...


  • The next International Shoreline Clean Up will take place in Berkeley on Saturday, September 17, 2016.  9-12p.m.
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