Clean up the Coast!

April 19, 2013 | By | Comments (0)

Earth Day Coastal Clean-UpsEarth Day is Monday, April 22. Celebrate by participating in a beach cleanup this weekend. 

The state of Washington holds its biggest coastal cleanup this weekend. Visit any of several beaches from Benson to Hobuck to do your part, and stick around for a cookout afterward. Saturday, April 20. Visit coastsavers.org to find a beach near you.

This year, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii has organized one of the largest beach cleanups in the state’s history. Do your daily dose of good on the island of Oahu and then treat yourself to some fun in the sun, with live bands, food, and Earth-friendly exhibitors at Sea Life Park. Saturday, April 20. 9:30 a.m. to noon for cleanup. Concert until 4:30 p.m. Visit sustainablecoastlineshawaii.org for locations.

Come out for a good cause to the Nothin’ but Sand Cleanup on the Santa Monica Pier—and get rewarded in a big way. After volunteering, head to the Blue Green Beach Sweep and Deck Party for a green market, free aquarium admission, kids’ activities, and a grown-up eco beer crawl, where you can say “Cheers” to Earth Day and the launch of Golden Road Brewing’s Heal the Bay IPA. April 20. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; santamonicapier.org.

Sip your morning Joe while beautifying the public East End Beach in Portland, Maine in this cleanup sponsored by The Surfrider Foundation and Take Action Portland. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and a mug for free coffee. Saturday, April 20., beginning at 10 a.m.; maine.surfrider.org.

Save Our Shores has organized two beach cleanups in Santa Cruz—one at Santa Cruz Beach and one at Monterey Beach. After participating, head over to the Earth Day Santa Cruz festival in San Lorenzo Park for live music, arts and crafts, a recycled fashion show, food, and more. Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Cowell/Main Beach or 10 a.m. to noon at Del Monte Beach; saveourshores.org

Show Walton County, Florida, some love by pitching in at the Walton County Earth Day Festival and helping clean up the Emerald Coast. Hang around afterwards for the children’s games, guided hikes, cooking demos, and the Earth Day Sunset 5K race benefitting the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Saturday, April 20; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu.

Enjoy conversation (and a great networking opportunity!) while collecting debris at West Dennis Beach on Cape Cod at the Earth Day Beach Cleanup, sponsored by the Cape Cod Young Professionals. Food and drink is being donated by Treats Catering. Sunday, April 21. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; capecodyoungprofessionals.org.

Keep Folly Beach in Charleston, South Carolina, beautiful and help protect the nesting sea turtles by joining the staff of the South Carolina Aquarium in their cleanup efforts on Earth Day. Sunday, April 21, beginning at 4 p.m.; charleston.thedigitel.com.

Hosted by the Keep Brunswick and the Golden Isles Beautiful campaign, the SeaPak Coastal Cleanup will corral volunteers on the beach in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. Friday, April 26; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; kbgib.com.

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