This year's International Coastal Cleanup Miami-Dade is taking place this weekend, and the community is looking for your help!
This Saturday, 40+ locations across the county will be conducting coastal cleanups.
"Every third Saturday in September over the last 33 years -- in hundreds of countries, thousands of cities worldwide -- millions of volunteers have been going to their local beaches, shorelines, rivers, parks, coasts, you name it... to do a shoreline cleanup," says VolunteerCleanup.org's Dara Schoenwald.
"It is the world's largest single-volunteer event for our beaches and waterways and oceans."
If you're looking to get involved, a list of locations and sign-ups is available below:
Oleta River State Park with Friends of ORSP (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Haulover Beach Park (Dog-friendly beach!) (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Biscayne River at Griffing Park (SOLD OUT/FULL)
- Sunny Isles with US Coast Guard (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Legion Bayside Park (2 spots available)
Morningside Park (FULL, only spaces left for swimmer cleanup to the island from swim club )
Margaret Pace Park (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Bayfront Park (TBD, at a later date)
- Miami Beach 2nd Street with US Coast Guard (SOLD OUT/FULL)
- Miami Beach Lummus Park 11th Street with US Coast Guard (SOLD OUT/FULL)
North Shore Open Space Park 83rd Street with US Coast Guard (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Miami Beach 65th Street with 93.5 FM and Commissioner Aleman(SOLD OUT/FULL)
Miami Beach 53rd St with Miami Beach Suncare (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Miami Beach 46th Streets Carnival Cruise Lines (CLOSED)
Miami Beach Pine Tree Park (44th Street)(SOLD OUT/FULL)
Miami Beach Monument Island (by boat to the island) (SOLD OUT/FULL)
- South Beach Divers Scuba Cleanup
Hobie Beach (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Mast Academy Trail, with Miami Waterkeeper (SOLD OUT/FULL)
- Rickenbacker Marina Cleanup with The Tropics
Historic Virginia Key Beach (SOLD OUT)
Virginia Key Outdoor Center (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Crandon Park(SOLD OUT/FULL)
Bills Baggs Cape Florida State Park (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Kennedy Park (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Clarington Island with Coconut Grove Sailing Club (SOLD OUT/FULL)
- Peacock Park (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Deering Estate(SOLD OUT/FULL)
Matheson Hammock Park and Marina (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Homestead Bayfront Marina (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Black Point Marina with US Coast Guard (SOLD OUT/FULL)
Other Non-Listed/Closed/Private Sites
- WellsFargo at Chapman Field
- WellsFargo MacArthur Causeway
- RSMAS University of Miami
- Biscayne National Park
- Gables by the Sea (Private/Gated Residential Site)
Get involved and register by clicking on the location nearest you.
Volunteers are asked to bring their signed volunteer release form, a reusable water bottle, working/garden or dish-washing gloves, long pants (in a mangrove area), close-toed shoes that can get dirty/wet, bug spray repellent (each site will have bug spray if you forget), sunscreen (Miami Beach Suncare will be providing sunscreen for all cleanup sites!) , hat, plastic bucket to collect trash, and a great attitude!
The event is sponsored by VolunteerCleanUp.org. VolunteerCleanup.Org engages volunteers to cleanup their neighborhoods, shorelines, and waterways as a way to raise awareness about marine debris and encourage people to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics.
For more information, click here.