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Coastal Clean-Up Day

October 22nd, 11:55 am


Join the County and Explore Ecology for this year’s Coastal Clean-Up Day’s on September 5, 12, 19, and 26th. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. and goes until 12 p.m. each day. Volunteers will go out in neighborhoods or natural areas with their quarantine groups to pick-up litter. To register, click on “Sign Up to Volunteer” on Explore Ecology’s event page.

2019 Clean-Up Sites

Carpinteria/Summerland Area (6)

Carpinteria Creeks
Carpinteria State Beach
Jelly Bowl Beach
Lookout Park
Rincon County Beach (Bates)
Santa Claus Lane

Santa Barbara Area (8)

Arroyo Burro (Hendry’s) Beach
Butterfly Beach
East Beach – Anacapa Street
East Beach – Chase Palm Park/Calle Cesar Chavez
East Beach – Garden Street
Hammond’s/Miramar Beach/Fernald
Leadbetter Beach
West Beach

Goleta/Isla Vista Area (4)

Ellwood Bluffs
Goleta Beach
Haskell’s Beach
Isla Vista Streets

Gaviota Coast (5)

El Capitan State Beach
Gaviota State Beach
Hollister Ranch
Refugio State Beach
Tajiguas Beach

Santa Ynez Valley (1)

Zanja De Cota Creek

Lompoc (1)

Jalama Beach

Santa Maria and Guadalupe Area (1)

Guadalupe Dunes

What to Bring

Just like any clean-up event, it’s a good idea to wear closed-toed shoes, bring your own reusable water bottle, and wear sunscreen and other sun protection like hats or sunglasses. Go the extra mile and BYO-BOB (see below)!


We encourage you to Bring Your Own Bag Or Bucket. Reusable gloves are welcome too.

Volunteer efforts last year saved over 500 bags, which were used for other clean-ups throughout the year. The less trash we generate for the event, the better it is for the environment. Read more about the effort on the Coastal Commission’s website.

Do we need to bring our own supplies?

No, but it is highly encouraged. While we want to have the cleanest and greenest clean-up possible, we’ll provide recycling and trash bags, gloves, and data cards for volunteers. However, don’t be surprised if you only get one bag or one glove! After all, our primary goal is to reduce…and then reuse and recycle.

Age Requirements and Youth Volunteers

We welcome all ages at Coastal Cleanup Day. Most of our sites are appropriate for children, but if you see a location that requires lots of walking, make sure your kids can handle it. We also require a responsible adult to sign for any child under 18.

Community Service Credits

Beach captains have been authorized to sign your community service paperwork. Bring the appropriate forms and come help us out!


If you have any questions about this year’s event, please send an e-mail to Explore Ecology.

Thank you, and we’ll see you at the beach!