Join a Cleanup this Earth Day
A volunteer holding a bag of collected debris and walking through the water on a beach.
Join a cleanup this Earth Day! (Photo Credit: Wells Reserve at Laudholm)

Earth Day 2018 It’s April and that means that Earth Day is right around the corner! In 2018, Earth Day is on Sunday, April 22nd, and it’s a great opportunity to join in the fight against marine debris and prevent trash from entering our ocean, waterways, and Great Lakes. There are lots of cleanup events happening on and around Earth Day; make sure you’re prepared by knowing what cleanups are happening in your area! Here are a few to get you started:   Alabama

Date: April 21-28; Host: AL PALS; Location: sites across Alabama

  Alaska

Date: April 22; Host: Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak; Location: Buskin Beach, Kodiak, AK; Contact kkrueger@sunaq.org for more information

 Date: April 23; Host: City and Borough of Yakutat; Location: Yakutat, AK; Contact rcoston@yakutatak.us for more information

Date: April 28; Host: Qagan Tayagungin Tribe Environmental Department; Location: QTT Community Center, Sand Point, AK; Contact Karis Porcincula, QTTEnvironmental@arctic.net for more information

  American Samoa

Date: April 21; Host: NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (American Samoa Office) and Office of Samoan Affairs; Location: Laulii Tuai Village Beach, Laulii, American Samoa; Contact gataivai.talamoa@noaa.gov for more information

  California

Date: April 20; Host: Ocean Warriors; Location: McNears Beach Park, San Rafael, CA

 Date: April 21; Host: All One Ocean; Location: Horseshoe Cove, Sausalito, CA

Date: April 21; Host: Heal the Bay; Location: Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, CA

Date: April 21; Host: Pacifica Beach Coalition; Location: Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica, CA

 Date: April 21; Host: Solano County; Location: sites across Solano County

Date: April 21; Host: Surfrider San Francisco; Location: Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA

Date: April 22; Host: All One Ocean; Location: Pickleweed Park & Albert J. Boro Community Center, San Rafael, CA

  Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Date: April 20 & 21; Host: CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality; Location: sites across Saipan, Rota, and Tinian, CNMI, MP; Contact outreach@dcrm.gov.mp for more information

  Connecticut

Date: April 22; Host: Mystic Aquarium; Location: Dodge Paddock & Beal Preserve, Wall Street, Stonington, CT

  Delaware

Date: April 21; Host: Stream Stewards; Location: First State National Historical Park, Wilmington, DE

  District of Columbia

Date: April 21; Host: Anacostia Watershed Society; Location: sites across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia

  Florida

Date: April 21; Host: Debris Free Oceans; Location: The Wynwood Yard, Miami, FL

Date: April 21; Host: Museum of Discovery and Science; Location: Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, Dania, FL

 Date: April 21; Host: Ocean Hour; Location: Wayside Park, Pensacola, FL

Date: April 21; Host: Ocean Hour; Location: William Bartram Memorial Park, Pensacola, FL

Date: April 22; Host: Miami EcoAdventures; Location: Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center, Key Biscayne, FL

Date: April 22; Host: The Palms Hotel; Location: Miami Beach, FL

Date: April 22; Host: Town of Bay Harbor Islands; Location: Broad Causeway, Bay Harbor Islands, FL

  Guam

Date: April 22; Host: Guamzilla; Location: Tanguisson Beach, Dededo, Guam

Date: April 28; KUAM Careforce; Location: East Agana to Paseo, Hagatna, Guam

  Hawaii

Date: April 21; Host: Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park; Location: Lydgate State Park, Kapa'a, Kaua'i, HI

Date: April 21; Host: Hawai'i Wildlife Fund and Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources; Location: Manukā Natural Area Reserve, Ka'ū, Hawai'i, HI

Date: April 21; Host: Surfrider O'ahu; Location: Ka Papa Lo'i O Kānewai, Mānoa Stream, Honolulu, O'ahu, HI

Date: April 22; Host: Keep Puako Beautiful and Partners; Location: Puako Boat Ramp, Waikoloa, Hawai'i, HI

Date: April 22; Host: Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute; Location: Kealia Beach, Kihei, Maui, HI

 Date: April 22; Host: Sharkastics; Location: Kukona Pl, Wailuku, Maui, HI

Date: April 22; Host: Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii; Location: Waimanalo Beach Park, Waimanalo, O'ahu, HI

  Illinois

Date: April 21-22; Host: Alliance for the Great Lakes; Location: sites across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin

  Indiana

Date: April 21-22; Host: Alliance for the Great Lakes; Location: sites across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin

  Maine

Date: April 20; Host: Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve; Location: Laudholm Campus, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, ME

Date: April 20; Host: Maine Island Trail Association; Location: Fort Foster, Kittery, ME

  Maryland

Date: April 21; Host: Anacostia Watershed Society; Location: sites across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia

  Massachusetts

Date: April 20; Host: Salem Sound Coastwatch; Location: Dane Street Beach, Beverly, MA

Date: April 21; Host: Clean Gloucester; Location: sites across Gloucester, MA

Date: April 21; Host: Salem Sound Coastwatch; Location: Furlong Park, Salem, MA

Date: April 21; Host: Vineyard Conservation Society; Location: sites across Martha's Vineyard, MA

Date: April 28; Host: Charles River Watershed Association; Location: Entire length of the Charles River, Boston, MA

  Michigan

Date: April 21-22; Host: Alliance for the Great Lakes; Location: sites across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin

  Minnesota

Date: April 21-22; Host: Alliance for the Great Lakes; Location: sites across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin

  New Hampshire

Date: April 21; Host: Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation & Seacoast Science Center; Location: Odiorne State Park/Seacoast Science Center, Rye, NH

Date: April 21; Host: NH Commercial Fishermen’s Association; Location: Rye Harbor and Hampton Harbor State Marina, NH

Date: April 22; Host: Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation; Location: North Beach at the Wall, Hampton Beach, NH

Date: April 22; Host: Surfrider Foundation NH Chapter; Location: The Wall (Across from Cinnamon Rainbows), Hampton, NH

  New Jersey

Date: April 21; Host: Liberty State Park Cleanup; Location: Liberty State Park, NJ

Date: April 21; Host: Maplewood is Green; Location: Memorial Park, Maplewood, NJ

Date: April 22; Host: Atlantic County Utilities Authority; Location: ACUA Environmental Park, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Date: April 22; Host: Town of Secaucus; Location: Mill Creek Marsh, Secaucus, NJ

  New York

Date: April 21; Host: Bronx River Clean Up; Location: Soundview Park, Bronx, NY

Date: April 21; Host: Concerned Citizens of Montauk; Location: Montauk, NY

Date: April 21-22; Host: Alliance for the Great Lakes; Location: sites across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin

  North Carolina

Date: April 22; Host: North Carolina Coastal Federation; Location: Dowdy Park, Nags head, NC

Date: April 22; Host: Plastic Ocean Project; Location: Events in Nags Head, Morehead City, Pine Knoll Shores, Wrightsville Beach, and Kure Beach, NC

  Ohio

Date: April 21-22; Host: Alliance for the Great Lakes; Location: sites across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin

  Oregon

Date: April 21; Host: SOLVE; Location: sites across Oregon

  Rhode Island

Date: April 21; Host: North American Marine Environment Protection Association & Westerly Land Trust; Location: Grills Preserve, Westerly, RI

Date: April 22; Clean Ocean Access; Location: Pheasant Drive, Portsmouth, RI

  Texas

Date: April 21; Host: Pass People; Location: Mustang Island, Port Aransas, TX

Date: April 21; Host: Texas Adopt-A-Beach; Location: sites across coastal Texas

  Virginia

Date: April 21; Host: Anacostia Watershed Society; Location: sites across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia

Date: April 21; Host: Waste Watchers of the Eastern Shore; Location: Exmore, VA

  Washington

Date: April 21; Host: Coast Savers; Location: sites across Washington

Date: April 21; Host: Grassroots Garbage Gang; Location: Long Beach Peninsula, Pacific County, WA

  Wisconsin

Date: April 21-22; Host: Alliance for the Great Lakes; Location: sites across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin

  Don’t see a cleanup close to you? Keep an eye on this page and on our blog for updates or start one yourself—gather some friends, grab some gloves and bags, and clean up your area (please remember, safety first)! Use the Marine Debris Tracker App to record what you find.