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Shoreline Clean Ups &  Adopt a beach programs

Thank-you for your interest in helping the planet's oceans! 


The International Shoreline Cleanup  

The International Shoreline Cleanup will be September 17th, 2016 and is in its 32nd  year. It takes place once a year, all over the world. The clean-up is sponsored by organizations and government agencies such as the California Coastal Commission. You can also visit the Commission at www.coast4u.org.    

Who should come?

All ages are encouraged to come. This is a great family event!

  • Children must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian and cannot come without an adult unless they are 15 years or older. Waiver Here!  
  • Groups of 5 or more please preregister by emailing us at naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info

When 

Cleanup 9:00 am -12:00 noon followed by a wrap up and raffle 12:00 noon -1:00 pm

Where to meet

Meet at the Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave. Berkeley Marina. Please carpool if you can or take the A.C. transit 51B bus. Parking is limited. Bike parking available. 

What to expect when you arrive

  • Whole Foods Market is providing some morning snacks and coffee.
  • We will begin the Safety talks  at 9:00 and continue them until 10:30.
  • After the talk you can leave to go to one of the 7 clean-up locations. Most are within walking distance of the main staging area.
  • After the clean-up ends at 12:00 noon, please return to the Nature Center where we will collect your data cards and give you a raffle ticket for some wonderful prizes that have been donated by local businesses.
    How to prepare 
  • Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers.
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen
  • 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.
  • Remember to bring signed waivers for children/youth under age 18.
    Where will we clean?  

    The cleanup takes place at the mouth of three creeks, along our east shoreline, and all around the Berkeley Marina. Some of the shoreline areas we are cleaning are part of the Eastshore 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 will be picking up trash that comes down our creeks into the Bay and then into the Ocean. The clean-up locations are chosen based 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. 

Thank-you so very much for coming to clean, it really makes a difference!

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 recyclables. 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; 3,220 Foam Packaging itms; 1,990 plastic bags; and 1,433 cigar tips.  We actually had over 40,424 individual pieces picked up and tallied!  This data volunteers collected will change laws and alert YOU the consumer that maybe we don't need to buy these items...

You can make an even stronger impact by continuing your efforts throughout the year. Join us for our monthly cleanups described below. You can also help without leaving home. We need everyone every day to clean-up, so adopt 10 feet in front of your home or storm drain and clean it once a day. 

 

Monthly Shoreline Cleanups

Individual's, families and groups are welcome to join us each month on the third Saturday for small clean-ups that meet here at the Shorebird Park Nature Center.

WE NEED YOU ! Unfortunately, rain that cleans your street, washes the trash down the creeks and storm drains onto our shores. They are continuously covered with trash and need your help.

  • Clean-ups begin at 9 and go until 11:30.
  • Please PRE-REGISTER  so we can email you additional information and waivers for children if necessary.
  • Let us know who many are in your group and ability range, so we can pick the right location for you.

On the day of the cleanup:

  • Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. We can provide materials but if you can bring your own gloves and buckets it helps.
  • All clean--ups include information about plastics pollution, give you ideas on how to help at home and end with a safety talk.
  • Data is collected at each clean-up, so we have facts to change laws. 
  • We will lead you to the location and show you how to deal with the trash and recycling.

If you 'd like to be part of these  clean-ups, just call and let us know you and your friends are interested. We will confirm the date and send you any pertinent information and waivers for those under 18 yrs old for that day. 510 981-6720 or email naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info

 

Adopt-A-Shoreline

If you are a group leader or a teacher, your group/class can participate in the Adopt-A-Shoreline Program which is a worthwhile community service project that effectively changes behavior about trash in the environment. Schools can adopt a shoreline around the Berkeley Marina in one visit. Public transportation: the  A.C. Transit 51B  bus comes here. Check their schedule. 

  • Depending on the size of your group and your needs, we can meet with group leaders prior to the date of the cleanup to walk the site and go over logistics and safety considerations. We will discuss which trash is recyclable, where to put the filled trash buckets/bags, and how to fill out the data cards. Data cards are what helps us change laws about Marine dumping. Teachers can tie in Math and graphing skills as well as sorting and writing.
  • For all groups or individuals:
    • On the day of your cleanup, when the group arrives, we will start with a presentation on how important the clean-up is.
    • The group will view a video about the global impact plastic is having on our oceans and waterways. This 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 efficiently and safely.
    • We provide a map of the location, data cards, bags, gloves, and sharps containers. If your group can provide your own gloves and a reusable bucket it helps even more .
    • If you are an individual, we will help you team with two other people so data collection is easier. (Teams of 2-5)

email or give us a call. naturecenter@cityofberkeley,info 510 981-6720

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