Berkeley Waterfront
Berkeley Waterfront

Shoreline Clean Ups &  Adopt a beach programs

  • Thank-you for your interest in helping the planets oceans.

  • The International Shoreline Cleanup will be September 17th, 2016 and is in its 32nd  year. It takes place once a year, all over the world.The clean-up is is sponsored by organizations and government agencies such as the California Coastal Commission. You can also visit the Commission at    
  • Who? All ages are encouraged to come- Great family event. Children need to have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian and cannot come with out an adult unless they are 15 years or older. Waiver Here!   groups of 5 or more please preregister by emailing us at
  • Where?
  • Please car pool if you can or take the A.C. transit 51B bus. Parking is limited. Bike parking available. Meet at the Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave. Berkeley Marina. Whole Foods Market is providing some morning snacks and coffee and we will begin the Safety talks  at 9:00-  until 10:30. Clean-up ends at 12. From there you can leave to go to the 7 clean-up locations most with in walking distance from the main staging area.
  • What?
  • We will provide data cards and pencils and we encourage you to bring your own bucket and gloves. If you do not have them we will provide them for you.
  • After the clean-up at 12:00 please return to the Nature Center where we will collect your data cards and give you a raffle ticket to some wonderful prizes that are donated by local businesses.  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. 

    It takes place at the mouth of three creeks, and along our east shoreline and all around the Berkeley Marina. 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. 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. 

  • Individual's, families and groups are welcome to join us each month on the third Saturday for small clean-ups that meet here at the Shorebird Park Nature Center. Clean-ups begin at 9 and go until 11:30. Please PRE-REGISTER  so we can email you additional information and waivers for children if necessary. Let us know who many are in your group and ability range, so we can pick the right location for you. WE NEED YOU ! All this rain has flushed our streets clean and has made our shores filthy.
  •  Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. We can provide materials but if you can bring your own gloves and buckets it helps. Data is collected at each clean-up, so we have facts to change laws. All clean--ups include information about plastics pollution, give you ideas on how to help at home and end with a safety talk. we will lead you to the location and show you have to deal with the trash and recycling.
      If you 'd like to be part of these  clean-ups just call and let us know you and your friends are interested and we will confirm the date and send you any pertinent information and waivers for those under 18 yrs old for that day. 510 981-6720 or email
  • If you are a group leader or a teacher, your group/class can Adopt-A-Shoreline . The Adopt-A-Shoreline Program is a worthwhile community service project that effectively changes behavior about trash in the environment, Schools can adopt a shoreline around the Berkeley Marina in one visit. Public transportation: the  A.C. Transit 51B  bus comes here. Check their schedule.
  • Depending on the size of your group and your needs. We can meet with group leaders prior to the date of the cleanup to walk the site, go over logistics, safety considerations.
     We will discuss which trash is recyclable, where to put the filled trash buckets/bags, and how to fill out the data cards. Data cards are what helps us change laws about Marine dumping. Teachers can tie in Math and graphing skills as well as sorting and writing.

    For all groups or individuals:

  •  On the day of your cleanup, when the group arrives, we will  start with a presentation on how important the clean-up is. The group will view a video about the global impact plastic is having on our oceans and waterways. This 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 efficiently and safely. We provide a map of the location, data cards, bags, gloves, and sharps containers. If your group can provide your own gloves and a reusable bucket it helps even more . If you are an individual, we will help you team with two other people so data collection is easier. ( Teams of 2-5)

    Third Sat each month we offer a shoreline clean-up. Set the time you prefer in the morning.
    Just email or give us a call. naturecenter@cityofberkeley,info 510 981-6720

  •  Sept 19th 2015 Results.  Along the shorelines of the cities of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville,909 volunteers picked up over 2,475 lbs of trash and 910 lbs of recyclable. Top Items this year were 29,826 small plastic pieces, 27,487 foam pieces, 8,487 glass pieces, 6,868 cigarette butts, 6,575 food wrappers, 5,400 bottle caps,  3,361 straws and stirrers, 3220 Foam Packaging,  1,990 plastic bags, 1,433 cigar tips.  We actually had over 40,424 individual pieces picked up and tallied!    This data that was collected will change laws and alert YOU the consumer that maybe we don't need to buy these items...

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