Shoreline Clean Ups &  Adopt a beach programs

  •  You and your group can Adopt-A-Shoreline and do two or more clean-ups a year. We'll help!
    The Adopt-A-Shoreline Program give you the opportunity to take care of a specific section of the shoreline and watch it change over the season. Schools can adopt a beach in one visit.
  • We can meet with  group leaders prior to the date of the cleanup to walk the site, go over logistics, safety considerations, what kind of trash is recyclable and where to put the filled trash buckets/bags, how to fill out the data cards and more. 
    When the group arrives,  we will start with a presentation on how to do the clean-up and the Synthetic Seas video about the global impact plastic is having on our oceans and waterways. It changes the experience from "Why do I have to pick up other peoples' trash?" to "Wow, I had no idea! What can I do to help?"
    We will show them the area they will clean and how to do it. We provide a map of the location, data cards, bags, gloves, and sharps containers. If you can provide your own gloves and a reusable bucket it helps even more . We will team you up with two other people so data collection is easier. ( Teams of three )

    Just email or give us a call. naturecenter@cityofberkeley,info  510 981-6720

  • Groups and individuals can come do a clean-up on the third Saturday morning of each month. Join us for the Earthday cleanup here at the Shorebird Nature Center. .
     WAIVERS  
     Be prepared to sign a waiver for yourself and your children, you cannot sign a waiver for someone elses child.  Please use these waivers if you are bringing  children under 18 here to do a cleanup, please have their parents sign the CHILDREN'S WAIVER form for the day of your cleanup. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  We will also have adult and child waivers available on the day of the Cleanup.  

  • The next large clean-up will be:

  •   Earthday Clean-up on April 26, 2014  9-10 a.m. safety talk and clean-up ends at 12:00 p.m.

     preregister by emailing naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info

  •  Here is a link to a video about the clean-up please watch!
      http://berkeley.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=695
     

  • The International Shoreline Clean Up will take place in Berkeley on Saturday, September 20.

    Last year Along the shorelines of the cities of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville, 854 soggy volunteers picked up over 3,855 lbs of trash and 61 lbs of recyclable. The rain stopped us cleaning after only  two hours of hard work. Top Items this year are the same as always.  (one use items). 2,808 cigarette butts, 2,538 food wrappers, 2,322 bottle caps, 1,772 straws and stirrers, 1,535 foam pieces less than 2.5cm. and lots more... this data that was collected will change laws and alert YOU the consumer that maybe we don't need to buy these items...

    It took place at the mouth of three creeks, and along our east shoreline and all around the Berkeley Marina. This was a great opportunity for parents and kids to work together on cleaning up the environment, and is also a popular opportunity to earn service-learning credit! 

    Thank-you so very much for coming to clean, it really makes a difference. Unfortunately,  rain that cleaned your street, washed the trash down the creeks and storm drains  onto our shores. They are already covered again  with trash and  need your help. Once a year does not do it any more. We need everyone everyday to clean-up, so adopt 10 feet in front of your home or storm drain and clean it once a day.

     Clean-up- Mouth of Strawberry creek 
     To learn about other great programs at the Berkeley Marina, visit the Marina Experience web

     More Information: Below are some links to other ocean-related government agencies and projects.

    More Action: We encourage people to take action and clean up the local shorelines to make them

    .  Groups of 10 or more need to to preregister by calling 510-981-6720.

     Individual and small groups can just show up on the day, see below.

     SCHEDULE and information for the international clean-up in Sept. 20, 2014

    9:00 a.m. Registration and Orientation

    • Everyone is encouraged to start at 9 a.m., registration will close at 10:30, so get an early start.
    • All groups and individuals unless other wise informed, should meet at the Berkeley staging area located behind the Seabreeze Market at the corner of University and Frontage Rd. Here, everyone needs to sign waivers, receive safety information, and get directions to the various clean-up locations.
    • We are asking everyone to bring their own reusable gloves and buckets. We do not want to generate more trash doing the clean-up than we actually pick up! But if you forget, that's okay-- we will give you trash/recycle bags, pencils, tally cards and a map of the areas we need to clean. Waste reduction plays an important role in helping to keep the City's shorelines clean and achieve our Climate Action Plan goals. 

      Noon: Cleanup Ends! At this point, turn in your tally cards at the main staging area and show us your most unusual items for judging. Each person who turns in the completed data card will get a coupon for a free meal at Chipotle,  ticket to be part of our raffle,  which starts by 12:15. Great Items are donated by local merchants- If you would like to donate, let us know. 

    OTHER LOCATIONS

    Berkeley coordinates with the cities of Albany and Emeryville to clean up the 14 1/2 mile stretch along the East Bay shoreline. 
    Join the Emery Bay Coastal Clean-up: Meet 9:00 a.m. at 2333 Powell St., Emeryville. Bring sunscreen, hat, closed shoes, gloves, water. Bring your own bags (or buckets)! Free snacks, and beverages are provided (also gloves and bags, if you can't bring your own). Prizes from local businesses. Invite friends, family, co-workers for a fun, feel-good morning. Call 510-596-3795, or email mgreenhut@emeryville.org for more info.
    For the Albany Shoreline Clean-up, meet at 9:00 a.m. at the foot of Buchanan behind the Golden Gate fields race track. Bring rakes or sand sifters for the small plastic particles in the sand, drinking water,and gloves. For more information call the Watershed project 510 788-0897. Groups of 10 or more please pre register. Contact Martha at Martha@thewatershedproject.org

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION

  • The International Shoreline Cleanup is in its 30th year and takes place once a year, all over the world.
  • We will be picking up trash that comes down our creeks into the Bay and then into the Ocean. The clean-up locations are chosen  depending on where the tides and currents blow the trash  onto the shoreline.These areas of the Bay are like  a big dirty bathtub ring. Typically, 80% of the litter we pick up comes from inland, not the ocean. Some of the shoreline  areas we are cleaning are part of the East shore State Park, which extends along the shoreline between Emeryville and Richmond. The clean-up provides a wonderful, empowering reason to connect the cities, to make a difference and to explore the unique shoreline areas. We encourage neighbors to do community service to clean up the Aquatic Park.  

    The clean-up is is sponsored by organizations and government agencies such as the California Coastal Commission. You can also visit the Commission at www.coast4u.org.     

  • safe for wildlife and humans. Participate in a shoreline clean-up and work to reduce solid waste at its source so it never reaches the Bay.
  •  Interested in taking a personal action to protect the Coast and ocean? Link onto the web site at the California Coastal Commission and take the California Coastal Stewardship Pledge, at http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/steward/pledge_form.html. Here you fill out a form of what changes you are willing to commit to. It offers information about specific personal actions that can help the environment .After you submit your form they will send you a reminder to do the actions, When  you complete the actions you resubmit the form and you will receive a free canvas tote - and save the world at the same time!

    Here is a link to a video about the clean-up please watch!
      http://berkeley.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=695
    Here is a You Tube video safety talk to give you more background on how to do a shoreline clean-up in the East Bay safely. 
    http://www.youtube.com/MrGKruse#p/u/5/vWsRfvTFm9c

    To learn about other great programs at the Berkeley Marina, visit the Marina Experience web page or the Marina special events page.