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Biscayne National Park, in partnership with Clean Miami Beach, invites you to participate in two special clean-ups around the beautiful waters of Elliot Key. By taking part in this amazing experience, you will contribute to the removal of trash and debris, while supporting the natural habitat and protecting the delicate ecosystem.
This volunteer experience is best suited for volunteers with a moderate to the high level of physical fitness and balance. Work includes wading in waist-deep water, walking over sharp rocks, bending down and lifting heavy objects, standing on moving boats, getting in and out of boats from waist-deep water, working in heat and sun for 2+ hours, and can be strenuous.
Before the event, volunteers will be divided into 2 groups.
PARKING AT BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK: Volunteers can park at the lot next to the visitors center. For security purposes, do not leave any valuables in vehicles.
CLEAN-UP LOCATION: Beach and Shoreline surrounding Point Adelle on Elliott Key (approx. N 25.457481°, W 80.190326°).
WHAT TO WEAR: Participants should wear a bathing suit and clothes that can get wet and dirty. We will be wading in waist-deep water and over sharp rocks at points during the day. Lightweight and long sleeves/pants are best to protect from the sun and bugs. Due to the rough terrain, dive booties, old sneakers, or any other durable thick-soled, closed-toe footwear are required (no open-toe shoes are allowed). We can loan you dive booties for your use if you do not have proper footwear. A light jacket, hat, and sunglasses are highly recommended.
WHAT TO BRING: Plenty of food and water to last you the day (work is strenuous). Although not necessary, a towel may be useful. If anyone is highly prone to sea sickness, they should bring appropriate medications for the short boat trip.
WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE: Sunscreen, bug spray, hand sanitizer, life jackets, dive booties (for those that need them), water cooler for refills, cooler for lunches, and all work-related gear (such as protective gloves, trash bags, etc.). NOTE: If anyone has allergies/sensitivities and requires a particular brand of sunscreen or bug spray, they should plan to bring their own.
WEATHER: If the weather is poor and we cannot go out on a boat, an alternate work site either bayside or on the mainland may be visited instead.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Always be safe, and have fun! Thank you for making a positive impact on our environment!
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Be sure to RSVP, sign a waiver (if applicable) and check with the mentioned organizer to confirm details in advance.
Some snorkel, dive or beach cleanups may require proper certification and being comfortable in or around the water and familiar with water safety. If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out. Mahalo 🤙
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