Berkeley Marina
Berkeley Marina

Shoreline Clean Ups &  Adopt a beach programs

  • Third Sat each month we will do a shoreline clean-up. Call to register. 981-6720. Meet at the Nature center  starting at 9:00- 10:00 and we will do a safety talk as described below and leave for the clean-up from there. Clean-up ends at 12.
  • If you like this!
    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.
    Currently we have 4 classes  from the Berkeley school coming quarterly to clean School house creek and strawberry creek. We will be doing shoreline clean-ups with eleven classes from Thousand Oaks school to complete their "end of the watershed" education about their Blackberry creek.
  • We  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  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 help you team with two other people so data collection is easier. ( Teams of 2-5)

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

    Regular clean-ups available on the Third Saturday morning of each month. Please call if you are planning on coming. We welcome groups and individuals to do a clean-up. 
    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. 

    Individuals, small groups and Groups of 10 or more need to to preregister for all clean-ups by calling 510-981-6720.  

  • The International Shoreline Cleanup will be September 19th and is in its 31st  year and 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  

    Last year, Sept 20th 2014 Results.  Along the shorelines of the cities of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville, 858  volunteers picked up over 4,313lbs of trash and 557 lbs of recyclable. Top Items this year were 21,876 small plastic pieces, 19,907 foam pieces,  8,810 cigarette butts, 8,728 food wrappers, 7,349 bottle caps, 4,684 foam packaging, 3,226 straws and stirrers, 2,818 plastic "one use" beverage bottles!  We actually had over 101,137 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...

    It took 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. 

  • The next International Shoreline Clean Up will take place in Berkeley on Saturday, September 19, 2015.  9-12p.m.
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