Be an Ocean Eco Hero. Get outside and help planet earth! Browse beach and reef cleanups, restoration projects and other events to get involved and lend a helping hand to your beach, reef or forest.
The largest volunteer effort in California, Coastal Cleanup Day is our day to give back to the ocean, beaches, and creeks that make Santa Barbara County such a wonderful place to live. Get outside, enjoy nature, and remove marine debris from our beaches and waterways.
Volunteers of all ages can participate at any of the 2023 cleanup sites. Pre-registration is not required but is encouraged. To register, click here.
Each site will have a captain on hand to provide necessary instructions and supplies. You can bring your own gloves, buckets, and other reusable cleanup supplies to lessen the plastic footprint of this event.
If you can’t make the cleanup on the 16th, we encourage you to cleanup any time during the month of September and your cleanup data will be included as part of the Coastal Cleanup Day results!
Coastal Cleanup Day is brought to you by Explore Ecology and our partner the County of Santa Barbara Resource Recovery and Waste Management, with support from Project Clean Water and the Cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Solvang. The California Coastal Commission organizes the statewide event and the international event is organized by the Ocean Conservancy.
The following locations are registered to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day 2023. Click on the location you are interested in to sign up, find out where to meet, and get parking information.
Click Here for a map of the current cleanup locations. Check back often as updates will be made as they become available.
Meeting Place: Steps leading to the beach.
Site Captain: Explore Ecology Staff
Organization: Explore Ecology
Parking: A free parking lot off Cliff Drive next to the beach.
Special Directions: Be aware that unleashed dogs may be present during the cleanup. Beach can accommodate large groups. High tide may adjust areas of cleanup. Cleanups can include the beach, the parking lot, or the open spaces surrounding Arroyo Burro.
Accessibility: There are bathrooms, handicapped parking spaces, and access to the beach. There is an MTD bus stop close by. There are sand-friendly beach wheelchairs available free-of-charge on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Great for families. Bring the kids and friends to beach cleanups and restoration projects. See where plastics end up and why it’s important to reduce plastic use and commit to more sustainable agriculture and fishing with less adverse human impact.
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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