Twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, a wonderful tradition occurs on the Oregon Coast, The Great Oregon Beach Cleanup. On Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. participants can choose to volunteer at over 40 different sites along the Oregon Coast. Volunteers register at one of the sites, where they are given a trash bag, before beginning to pick up trash along the beach. Groups of 20 or more should contact their zone captain for pre-registration details.
The Oregon Beach Cleanup began in 1984 and was the first organized beach clean-up in the nation. Since then, beach clean-ups have spread to numerous states across the United States as well as over 100 countries worldwide. Beach cleanups are beneficial to coastal wildlife and preservation of natural resources.
Safety is important and participants are advised to bring their own gloves as they are not provided. Be observant of the surroundings and watch for sneaker waves and logs in the surf. Dress appropriately for the weather; it is often windy and cold. The Oregon Beach Cleanup is a great way to help out the coastal community and make a difference! (800-333-7658; solv.org)
Oregon Coast Magazine September/October 2008