Annual Coastal Cleanup

Annual Coastal Cleanup.

You’re needed this September for the world’s largest volunteer effort for the ocean. Every year, 1/2 million volunteers remove 18+ million of pounds of trash from beaches across the globe. Here along California’s Central Coast, Save Our Shores organizes 85 beach, river and inland cleanup sites. The success of Coastal Cleanup Day is determined by you! The more helping hands, the more pollution we can prevent from entering our beautiful ocean and endangering marine wildlife.

Last year, our community of 3,148 volunteers managed to remove 10.5 tons of pollution from our shores. That’s equivalent to 6,985 black-backed seagulls!


Ready to
Jump In!?


We need your help to restore the beauty of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Please pre-register at your favorite coastal spot today so that we can coordinate supplies!



Here's What
To Expect


You’ll want to arrive at your cleanup site around 9am. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not mandatory. When you pre-register, we’ll email you details + connect you with your Site Captain! Once at your site, you’ll sign a wavier and receive a safety talk. Last, you’ll be equipped with a bucket/trash bag, gloves + grabber and sent out for a rewarding experience! Get a head start by signing our safety waiver now!



Cleanup Site
Captains Needed!


Do you have a lot of respect for your local beaches and rivers? What about a particular one? If you answered yes, then you sound like Annual Coastal Cleanup Day Site Captain material and we want you! We’re looking for your leadership to help setup and run a cleanup site of your choosing. Site Captains are unique in character. You’re the beating heart of Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Up for the challenge?



Get Your
School Involved


If you’re a teacher interested in strengthening your student’s connection and knowledge about the ocean, we want to help! We offer school educational presentations and cleanups at your favorite beach in Santa Cruz or Monterey County for Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. For details, please contact our engaging education program team.



Get Your
Business Involved!


Join the Monterey Bay’s largest volunteer event, Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. It’s the perfect opportunity to show the community that your business cares about the marine environment to 3,000+ volunteers. Our sponsors are recognized all around Monterey Bay area through advertisements, posters, online and more.



Cleanup Site Map
Choose from over 77 cleanup sites in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties! Each site is different. Pick from beach, river, inland, kayak or scuba diving cleanup sites…


Save Our Shores Annual Coastal Cleanup Sponsors 2017


📷 Featured from top to bottom: Frans Lanting, Jacqueline DeelyLilianne de la Espriella, Bellarmine Preparatory School, Cisco


Please Note ✅

Cleanup supplies are first come first serve. We encourage you to bring your own reusable cleanup supplies to help reduce waste. For river cleanups, we recommend closed-toed shoes, rubber boots and heavy-duty gloves to help keep you clean and dry. Other important items to bring are your own water in a reusable bottle, sunscreen, a pre-signed safety wavier, a few friends and a BIG smile 😆!