Save Our Shores seeks volunteers for Monterey Bay’s largest

Earth Day coastal cleanup effort on April 22nd

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Celebrate Earth Day this year with community action. Join Save Our Shores for the Monterey Bay’s largest Earth Day coastal cleanup effort in conjunction with Earth Day Santa Cruz and California State Parks Foundation’s 19th Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup on the weekend of April 22nd. Cleanups are scheduled across 10 popular beach, river and inland locations in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Last year, the event attracted 536 volunteers and prevented 9,226 pounds of pollution from entering our Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring friends and family. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet other community members and give back to the planet by keeping the Monterey Bay safe and clean for all. Pre-registration and details at

COST: Free (donations suggested)

WHEN: Saturday, April 22nd (10am–Noon)



Monterey County Cleanups

  • Del Monte City Beach

  • Asilomar State Beach

  • Carmel River State Beach

  • Rancho Moro Cojo Park (Elkhorn Slough), supported by the North Monterey County High School Slough Crew and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation

Santa Cruz County Cleanups

  • Panther State Beach, supported by the 4th City BPSA Scouts Adopt-a-Beach group

  • Natural Bridges State Beach

  • Cowell and Main Beach

  • San Lorenzo River, supported by the City of Santa Cruz (Measure E)

  • Hidden Beach, supported by the Rio Del Mar Improvement Association Adopt-a-Beach group

  • Sunny Cove Beach

REMINDER: All cleanup materials will be provided, but we encourage volunteers to bring reusable buckets, gloves and water bottles to help reduce waste. Individuals and groups welcome. Sites and locations subject to change. Visit for meet up locations and updated details. Volunteers not required to pre-register, but are encouraged to help with cleanup supply distribution and event logistics.

EVENT PARTNERS: Save Our Shores thanks our supporting volunteers, partners, and sponsors that make our Earth Day Cleanups possible. The County of Santa Cruz Public Works Department, the City of Santa Cruz (Measure E), CA State Parks Foundation, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Green Waste, Rio Del Mar Improvement Association Adopt-a-Beach, 4th Surf City Scouts Adopt-a-Beach


Credit: Santa Cruz Sand; Location: Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz



Volunteer Photo Credit: Kimberly Heinrichs; Location: Main Beach, Santa Cruz



Volunteer Photo Credit: Minh Dang; Location: Davenport Beach, Santa Cruz



Volunteer Photo Credit: Zee Zaballos; Location: Del Monte Beach, Monterey


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