Special Event

California Coastal Cleanup Day 2019

Fee: Free.

Location: LAT/LONG: 38.027800, -122.850260

Drakes Beach

Dates & Times


Saturday, September 21, 2019


10:00 AM


3 hours

Type of Event

Volunteer Event


Point Reyes National Seashore, in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission, will be sponsoring a beach cleanup at Drakes Beach on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The cleanup will take place from 10 am to 1 pm. This is a family friendly event. Participants should bring sunscreen, lunch and/or snacks, and their own water bottles, work gloves, and bucket. The PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach sells merchandise and some pre-packaged food and drinks. Please dress in layers and be prepared for cool, coastal conditions. For more information and to pre-register, please contact Fiona O'Kelly by email. Pre-registration for single participants or families is optional but recommended. Please pre-register if you will be bringing a group of participants.

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 2015, nearly 68,000 volunteers removed more than 1,143,000 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.

Coastal Cleanup Day is the highlight of the California Coastal Commission's year-round Adopt-A-Beach program and usually takes place every year on the third Saturday of September. Coming at the end of the summer beach season and right near the start of the school year, Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun. Coastal Cleanup Day is also the kick-off event for Coastweeks—three weeks of coastal and water-related events for the whole family.

Everybody that joins a beach cleanup is required to sign the California Coastal Commission's waiver form.

More information

Reservation or Registration: Yes

Participants are required to sign the California Coastal Commission's waiver form upon arrival at Drake Beach. 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. Otherwise, there is no need to RSVP.

Contact Information

Fiona O'Kelly
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