COASTAL CLEANUP DAY

Coastal Cleanup Day is a local and international event held every September to clean our beaches and waterways. When you volunteer for Coastal Cleanup Day, you’re not only cleaning the beach, you’re also joining the largest volunteer effort in California. 

COASTAL CLEANUP DAY

September 15, 2018
9AM-12PM

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COASTAL CLEANUP DAY

Coastal Cleanup Day

 

Become Part of the Solution to Marine Pollution 

Isn’t it time to show your favorite beach or creek some love? Join us for Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 15th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The largest volunteer effort in California, Coastal Cleanup Day is our day to give back to the ocean, beaches, and creeks that make Santa Barbara County such a wonderful place to live.Get outside, enjoy nature, and and remove marine debris from our beaches and waterways.

Volunteers of all ages can participate at any of the 2018 cleanup sites. Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged.  Everyone who registers for Coastal Cleanup Day before the event will be entered in our Ocean Lovers’ Raffle with prizes from Patagonia, REI, A Frame Surf Shop, Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Mountain Air Sports, Okeanos Swim, Paddle Sports, Surf Happens, Surf N Wear, and the Boathouse Restaurant. To register, click here.  Each site will have a captain on hand to provide necessary instructions and supplies.

In Santa Barbara County, Coastal Cleanup Day is brought to you by Explore Ecology, with the support of the County of Santa Barbara Resource Recovery and Waste Management and the Cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta. The California Coastal Commission organizes the statewide event and the international event is organized by the Ocean Conservancy.

Be sure to Like Coastal Cleanup Day on Facebook to get event updates.

GET INVOLVED

Get Involved

VOLUNTEER
Coastal Cleanup Day is made possible because of volunteers like you. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate at any of the 2018 cleanup sites. Pre-register and be entered in our Ocean Lovers’ Raffle with prizes from Patagonia, REI, A Frame Surf Shop, Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Mountain Air Sports, Okeanos Swim, Paddle Sports, Surf Happens, Surf N Wear, and the Boathouse Restaurant. To register, click here. 

Each volunteer needs to sign a liability waiver before they can start the Cleanup. Beach Captains will have waivers for you to fill out or you can download them here and bring them with you. Download Waiver in English. Download Waiver in Spanish.

SUBMIT DATA

Volunteers will record the trash that they collect on a Data Sheet or on the Clean Swell App. Clean Swell will instantaneously upload to the Ocean Conservancy’s global ocean trash database. These data deliver a global snapshot of ocean trash, providing researchers and policy-makers insight to inform solutions. Visit the statewide Coastal Cleanup website for links to download the app. There will be Data Sheets at the event for those who don’t want to or are unable to use the app for recording their trash.

Download the Clean Swell App
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LOCATIONS

Locations

The following locations are registered to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day 2018.  Click on the location you are interested in to sign up, find out where to meet, and get parking information . Click Here for a map of the current cleanup locations. Check back often as updates will be made as they become available.

Santa Barbara Area

Santa Barbara Cleanup Sites

We clean some of your favorite places in and around Santa Barbara!

Arroyo Burro (Hendry’s) Beach:

Meeting Place: Steps leading to the beach

Beach Captain: Jill Cloutier

Organization: Explore Ecology

Parking: A free parking lot off Cliff Drive next to the beach.

Special Directions: Be aware that unleashed dogs may be present during the cleanup.  Beach can accommodate large groups.


Butterfly Beach:

Meeting Place: To the right of the Coral Casino at the cement stairway

Beach Captain: Susan Robles

Organization: Montecito Association

Parking: Walking or biking to the site is encouraged. Street parking is available on Channel Drive and Butterfly Lane.


East Beach (Anacapa Street):

Meeting Place: West side of Skate Park on East Beach (adjacent to Stearns Wharf)

Beach Captain: Jackie Hunt

Organization: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

Parking: Parking will be free in any City of Santa Barbara parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., when displaying a Coastal Cleanup Day volunteer parking lot voucher.  This parking pass may be obtained from one of the beach captains.  Walking or biking to the site is encouraged.

Special Directions: There may be other events occurring at this site during Coastal Cleanup Day. Please be respectful and give other beach users their space. Beach can accommodate large groups.


East Beach (Garden Street):

Meeting Place: Chase Palm Park Beach, near Garden Street.

Beach Captain: Mike Whitney

Organization: Corvus Skull Pirates

Parking: Parking will be free in any City of Santa Barbara parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., when displaying a Coastal Cleanup Day volunteer parking lot voucher.  This parking pass may be obtained from one of the beach captains.  Walking or biking to the site is encouraged.

Special Directions: There may be other events occurring at this site during Coastal Cleanup Day. Please be respectful and give other beach users their space. Beach can accommodate large groups.


East Beach (Volleyball Courts):

Meeting Place:  East Beach near the Volleyball Courts

Beach Captain: Josh Benson

Organization: Tomorrows Green

Parking:  Parking will be free in any City of Santa Barbara parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., when displaying a Coastal Cleanup Day volunteer parking lot voucher.  This parking pass may be obtained from the beach captain.  Walking or biking to the site is encouraged.

Special Directions:  There may be other events occurring at this site during Coastal Cleanup Day.  Please be respectful and give other beach users their space.  Beach can accommodate large groups.


Hammond’s/Miramar Beach/Fernald:

Meeting Place: Stairs near the access area, off of Eucalyptus Lane

Beach Captain: Clara Svedlund & Allison Armstrong

Organization: Laguna Blanca School

Parking:

Parking: Limited street parking is available. All Saints-by-the-Sea (83 Eucalyptus Lane) is kind enough to let us use their parking lot for parking for this event. Directions are to use the East Lot by the school (left side of Eucalyptus Lane past the church). Otherwise, walking or biking to the site is encouraged. Limited street parking is available.

Special Directions:  High tide may reduce cleanup area.


Leadbetter Beach:

Meeting Place: The far western side of the parking lot and the picnic table area

Beach Captain: J.J. Reveles & Shannon Storey

Organization: Medtronic

Parking: Parking will be free in any City of Santa Barbara parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., when displaying a Coastal Cleanup Day volunteer parking voucher.  This parking pass may be obtained from the beach captain.  Walking or biking to the site is encouraged.

Special Directions: Be aware of any other events occurring at the beach.  Beach can accommodate large groups.


West Beach:

Meeting Place: West end of the beach by the bike path across the street from Sambo’s Restaurant

Beach Captain: Penny Owens

Organization: Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

Parking: Parking will be free in any City of Santa Barbara parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., when displaying a Coastal Cleanup Day volunteer parking voucher.  This parking pass may be obtained from the beach captain.  Walking or biking to the site is encouraged.

Special Directions: Beach can accommodate large groups.

Santa Ynez

Santa Ynez Cleanup Site

Zanja De Cota Creek:

Meeting Place:  Elders’ Lawn at 100 Via Juana Lane

Beach Captain: Julie Randall

Organization:  Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office

Parking:  Please park at the Tribal Administration Parking lot and walk down to the Elders’ Lawn to check in

Goleta / Isla Vista

Goleta/Isla Vista Cleanup Sites

We clean some of your favorite places in and around Goleta!

Please note that this information is subject to change. Sign up at facebook.com/SBCoast to get all the latest updates.

Ellwood Bluffs:

Meeting Place: At the top of Ellwood Mesa Bluffs at the chimney by the beach access (straight out from Ellwood Beach Drive). See a large picture of the chimney.

Beach Captain: Chris Briones

Organization: Okeanos Swim

Parking: Timed parking is available on Coronado, Phelps, Ellwood Beach Drive, or at the Sperling Preserve. Walk or bike to the site.

Special Directions: Walk straight out on trail from Ellwood Beach Drive.  Do Not rely on Google Maps to find directions to this beach.  Be prepared to walk long distances to and from the site. We recommend bringing thick work gloves if you have them; this beach has lots of debris on it.


Goleta Beach:

Meeting Place: At picnic tables to the right of the entrance.

Beach Captain: Andrea Dransfield

Organization: Dudek

Parking: Free parking is available in lot in Sandspit Road, next to beach. Walking or biking from UCSB’s campus is encouraged.

Special Directions: Please be aware of other events going on at the beach and park.  High tide may adjust areas of cleanup.


Haskell’s Beach:

Meeting Place: At the beach house, from the dirt path that starts at the tennis courts. See “Special Directions” below.

Beach Captain: Natalie Reardon

Organization: Bacara Resort and Spa

Parking: Use the beach parking lot near Bacara’s tennis courts.

Special Directions:  Enter the road off of Hollister Avenue that has a sign for Bacara on it and follow it for over a half mile. There will be a parking lot on your left marked by signs that say “Beach Access.”


Isla Vista Streets:

Meeting Place:  Isla Vista Park and Recreaton District Office, 961 Embarcadero del Mar

Beach Captain: Raymond Willefert

Organization: Isla Vista Recreation & Park District Adopt-a-Block Program

Parking:  Limited parking available at 976 Embarcadero del Mar.  Timed street parking also available.

Special Directions:  High tide may reduce beach cleanup area.

Lompoc

Lompoc

Jalama Beach:

Meeting Place:  By the flagpole

Beach Captain: Jalama Ranger

Organization: 

Parking:  Volunteers may park for free in the lot from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by displaying/presenting a volunteer Coastal Cleanup Day parking pass, which may be obtained from the beach captain

Gaviota Coast

Gaviota Coast Cleanup Sites

We clean some of your favorite places on the Gaviota Coast!

Please note that this information is subject to change. Sign up at facebook.com/SBCoast to get all the latest updates.

El Capitan State Beach:

Meeting Place: Far end of the parking lot, near the store

Beach Captain: Julie DeAngelis

Organization: RiteCare Language Center Santa Barbara

Parking: There is parking at the site. Please tell the ranger that you are a Coastal Cleanup Day volunteer and then obtain a parking pass from the Beach Captain.  This pass will enable you to park for free from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Gaviota State Beach:

Meeting Place:  Lifeguard tower

Beach Captain: Barbara Haig    

Organization: Dunn School

Parking:  There is parking at the site.  Please tell the ranger that you are a Coastal Cleanup Day volunteer and then obtain a parking pass from the Beach Captain.  This pass will enable you to park for free from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hollister Ranch:

Meeting Place:  Mid-ranch area called Bulito Cabana.

Beach Captain: Ashley Hollister and Michael Kelly

Organization: Hollister Family

Parking and Special Directions:  A special invitation is required to access this private housing development.  For more information, please contact the Coastal Cleanup Day Coordinator, at (805) 884-0459 ext. 16 or via e-mail: coastalcleanupday@exploreecology.org

Refugio State Beach:

Meeting Place: By the picnic table across from the store, near the palm trees

Beach Captain: Richard Hunt

Organization: Gaviota Coast Conservancy

Parking: There is parking at the site. Please tell the ranger that you are a Coastal Cleanup Day volunteer and then obtain a parking pass from the Beach Captain.  This pass will enable you to park for free from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tajiguas Beach:

Meeting Place:  In the parking lot at the west end of Refugio State Beach by the picnic tables.  Volunteers should carpool to Tajiguas Beach.

Beach Captain: Tim Doherty

Organization: Paradise Dive Club

Parking: Obtain parking voucher from beach captain and show it to ranger at Refugio Beach to be able to park there for free from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Santa Maria and Guadalupe Area

North County Cleanup Site

We will be cleaning one of your favorite places in Guadalupe!

Guadalupe Dunes Beach:

Meeting Place: Turn-around at the end of West Main Street road.

Beach Captain:  Christina Hernandez

Organization: Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

Parking:  Free parking off Main Street road, before it dead ends.

Special Directions: The site may be chilly, so be sure to bring a coat.

Carpinteria / Summerland

Carpinteria/Summerland

We clean some of your favorite places in Carpinteria and Summerland!

Please note that this information is subject to change. Sign up at facebook.com/SBCoast to get all the latest updates.

Carpinteria State Beach:

Meeting Place:  End of Linden Avenue, look for the concrete tables

Beach Captain: Ed Bell

Organization: Santa Barbara Dance Tribe

Parking:  Free 90 minute street parking.  Volunteers who wish to stay longer can request a parking permit at check in.

Special Directions:   

Carpinteria Creeks:

For information about Coastal Cleanup Day at this location, please contact Erin Maker, Environmental Coordinator for the City of Carpinteria, at 805.880.3415, or by e-mail:  erinm@ci.carpinteria.ca.us

Jelly Bowl Beach:

Meeting Place:  

Beach Captain: Jan Silk

Organization: Carpinteria Family School

Parking:

Lookout Park (Summerland):

Meeting Place:  Next to the playground area before the beach path entrance.

Beach Captain: Bradley Johnson

Organization: REI

Parking:  Free parking in the Lookout Park lot.

Special Directions:  Beach can accommodate large groups.

Rincon County Beach (Bates):

Meeting Place:  Meet at the pavilion area beside the parking lot next to the ramp descending to the beach.

Beach Captain: Gary Mussell

Organization: Friends of Bates Beach

Parking: Free parking is available in the County parking lot.  

Special Directions:  Site can accommodate large groups of people.

Santa Claus Lane (Padaro Lane) Beach:

Meeting Place: Towards the west entrance of Santa Claus Lane, just after Padaro Lane, before the commercial area

Beach Captain: Jenny Keet

Organization:  Surf Happens

Parking: Parking is available on Santa Claus Lane.  Note any time restrictions.

IMPACT

Coastal Cleanup Day IMPACT

STOP MARINE DEBRIS IN ITS TRACKS

The 2017 United Nations Clean Seas Campaign estimates that there are 51 trillion microplastic particles in the ocean today. Some of it floats on the surface, while much of it litters the deep sea. This debris can injure and entangle animals and is ingested by fish, birds, and other marine life with dire consequences. Plastic marine debris also acts like a magnet or sponge for hydrophobic chemicals in the seawater, including Persistent Organic Pollutants like PCBs, DDT, dioxins, and furans. When animals ingest plastic, they are also getting a dose of harmful chemicals, which has a detrimental effect on the ocean food chain.

How can we combat this problem? One solution is to clean our beaches before plastic litter has a chance to make its way to the ocean.  Join the thousands of volunteers around the world who make a stand for cleaner oceans and waterways and sign up for Coastal Cleanup Day!

FAQS

What to bring?

Cleanup supplies will be provided. However, Explore Ecology is encouraging volunteers to BYO- bring their own reusable gloves, bags or buckets, and reusable water bottles to reduce waste to help decrease the plastic footprint of the cleanup. Read more about the statewide effort to reduce waste on the Coastal Commission’s website.

We recommend wearing closed toed shoes and comfortable clothing. We also encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle, wear sunscreen, and other sun protection like hats or sunglasses.

Can I signup a group?

Yes! Coastal Cleanup Day is a great volunteeer opportunity for groups. Please sign up your group using our online volunteer system.

Can I receive community service?

Of course! Please bring your forms and have your Beach Captain sign them after the cleanup so you can get your community service hours.

How to be a site captain

Coastal Cleanup Day is possible because of our dedicated site captains. If you or your organization is interested, please contact Santa Barbara County Coastal Cleanup Day Coordinator Rachel at: CoastalCleanupDay (at) ExploreEcology.org or call (805)884-0459 x16.

Do I have to register in advance?

Registration is not required, but is encouraged.  Everyone who registers for Coastal Cleanup Day before the event will be entered in our Ocean Lovers’ Raffle with prizes from Patagonia, REI, A Frame Surf Shop, Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Mountain Air Sports, Okeanos Swim, Paddle Sports, Surf Happens, Surf N Wear, and the Boathouse Restaurant. To register, click here. 

Is there an age requirement?

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 are required to have a waiver signed by an adult. If an adult is not coming with you, please have a parent or guardian sign the form in advance and bring it with you. You can download a waiver here:  Download English Version. Download Spanish Version.

Where should I park?

Parking varies by location. Please check each site for specifics.

Media and Sponsorship Inquiries

Please contact Santa Barbara County Coastal Cleanup Day Coordinator, Rachel at: CoastalCleanupDay (at) ExploreEcology.org or by calling her at (805) 884-0459 x16.

OUR PARTNERS

Our partners

Coastal Cleanup Day is a worldwide event organized by the Ocean Conservancy. The California Coastal Commission organizes efforts throughout the state. Santa Barbara County efforts are coordinated by Explore Ecology with funding from the County of Santa Barbara’s Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division and support from Santa Barbara County Project Clean Water and the Cities of Goleta, Carpinteria, and Santa Barbara.

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