Beach cleanups are a fun and easy way to volunteer your time by helping to keep our beaches and ocean clean! We provide the bags, hand sanitizer, a gorgeous view, and if you're in need of community service hours we have certificates of completion available. Our cleanups are welcome to individuals of all ages, school clubs, scouts, companies, and other large groups. We are always looking for volunteers to help out at the booth as well as participate in the cleanups.
Each date has a unique location in efforts to clean a larger part of our local beaches throughout the year.
Frequently Asked Questions about our Beach Cleanups:
Q. Do I need to sign up ahead of time?
A. No however it would be best if you signed up prior, so you get emailed information regarding the cleanup.
Q. Can I bring my kids, friends, or a group?
A. Yes! Groups of 10 or more, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to read through the rest of the FAQ’s below before emailing. Kids of all ages are welcome, but we ask that anyone 12 and under be accompanied by an adult or guardian. We cannot watch anyone once they are dropped off or cleaning the beach.
Q. Do I need to bring anything?
A. We encourage people to bring their own reusable gloves (gardening/mechanic), reusable bottle/canteen, and recommend a hat plus ocean friendly (zinc/titanium oxide) sunscreen.
Q. Do I have to stay the entire four hours?
A. No. You can help out for any length of time. We do start tearing down at 11am.
Q. How do I get to Bolsa Chica State Beach?
A. Between Seapoint & Warner on PCH. If you Google map it, you can see the entrance.
Q. How do I get to the other locations?
A. Use Google Maps or other maps and check our Beach Cleanup Schedule.
Q. Will you do corporate beach cleanups aside from your normal dates?
A. Please email email@example.com for options regarding corporate cleanups. We will be required to purchase permits from the City or State, obtain a one-day Certificate of Insurance, and pull people away from their jobs to accommodate them.
Q. Can you sign my volunteer hours sheet, or do you have a certificate of completion?
A. Yes but you MUST sign up first thing in the morning. At the end of the day, we will sign your certificate of completion or give you one of our own completion forms.
Q. Do I have to pay for parking?
A. Generally, State Beach cleanups offer free parking, the City of Huntington Beach is NOT free, the City of Newport tends to give us parking codes for free until 12noon, and Seal Beach is NOT free. Parking is usually specified in the email that goes out when you sign up for a cleanup.
Q. Do your beach cleanups change locations?
A. Yes, we move our beach cleanups around quite a bit during the year to clean a larger area of our beaches. Always check the locations Beach Cleanup Schedule before heading down to the cleanup.
Q. Do you ever cancel or reschedule a beach cleanup due to weather?
A. Yes. Always check our FaceBook or Instagram where any cancellations will be posted. Expect a cancellation if there are heavy rains/stormy weather.
Q. Can our company setup a tent/tables at the beach cleanup?
A. Typically Yes, but only on the beach at least 100 yards away from the Surfrider tent/setup unless you are sponsoring the cleanup.