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If you’re interested in starting an environmentally focused volunteer project or already belong to a school, business, team, church, or community organization, then we want you! Your team will become the shore saving face of a beach of your choosing. It’s quite rewarding. But first, check out what it means to be a dedicated Adopt-A-Beach marine protecting aficionado.

Adopt-A-Beach 101

  • Your Adopt-A-Beach team will commit to scheduling and participating in at least (3) beach cleanups per year at your adopted beach of choice.
  • You Adopt-A-Beach team will be assigned your very own Save Our Shores representative to assist and provide you with ocean education, safety training, cleanup materials as well as permits and garbage collection coordination. Before you know it, you and your SOS representative will become best friends and colleagues in the shore saving mission!
  • Your Adopt-A-Beach team will keep track of the trash you remove using our cleanup cards or our Shore Saving App. Once your cleanup is complete, we’ll ask your team to return the data cards to the SOS office. Why track trash? Your cleanup data is incorporated into all of our pollution prevention efforts in order to help inform ocean policy, education, and science throughout California. Every piece of trash counts!
  • Your Adopt-A-Beach team will join the Save Our Shores network of ocean protecting heroes. We’ll promote and reward your efforts, team cleanup pictures, and cleanup dates so that your team will grow within the community of your choosing. The more cleanups your team schedules, the more recognition you’ll get!
  • Food for thought: Save Our Shores always encourages our Adopt-A-Beach teams to participate the mass cleanup efforts during July 5th and Annual Coastal Cleanup Day (scheduled the second Saturday of every September). These community events offer exciting opportunities to promote your team and meet other members of the community who share the same passion for protecting their favorite beach and our ocean at large!
  • Gotcha hooked, but want to test it out first? Try joining Save Our Shores at one of our scheduled beach cleanups to get a feel for the program and see if it is a good fit for you and your team!





Remember, we must respect Snowy Plover Habitat in Monterey to keep them safe! Please note that no cleanups are permitted from  March 1 to September 30 each year.

  • Monterey State Beach
  • Fort Ord Dunes State Park
  • Marina State Beach
  • Salinas River State Beach
  • Moss Landing State Beach
  • Zmudowski State Beach



Aptosia- Beer Can Beach
Armada Group- Twin Lakes Beach
Capitola Aptos Rotary Club- Beer Can Beach
Friends of Lighthouse Field- It’s Beach & Lighthouse Field

Mar Weekend Coffee Roasters- Seabright
Monarch Independent Living Services- Seabright Santa Cruz
Monterey Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club- Del Monte Beach

Outrigger Santa Cruz- Twin Lakes Beach
Ponderosa High School- Panther Beach
Ponderosa High School- Panther Beach
Portola Hotel and Spa- Del Monte State Beach

Ramblin’ Adventure Club- Bonny Doon
Rio Del Mar Improvement Association- Rio Del
San Jose Conservation Corps- Seabright, Moran Lake Beach, Sunset State Beach, Manresa
Santa Cruz Montessori – New Brighton

Seacliff Construction and Design- Seacliff
Seaside Action Walking Group- Monterey State Beach
Wahine Project- Casa Verde Beach
Young Man Service League Pleasanton – 4 mile




Save Our Shores Adopt-A-Beach Program is sponsored and supported by Santa Cruz County!