Join us as we clean up our local beach on the biggest Great Lakes Action day of the year!
Responsibilities will include picking up trash and logging data. All supplies will be provided by the volunteer team leader. Just bring yourself and a bottle of water!
In addition to registering through 20/30, please sign up here:
This year is a special anniversary for Adopt-a-Beach. We’re celebrating 20 years of collecting litter data, and the volunteers (including you!) who collect it.
With every piece of litter you tally – and every piece of data you enter into our online system – you’re contributing to a huge Great Lakes dataset that no lab or individual researcher could build on their own. We share your litter data with the Ocean Conservancy, too, so your work is part of a vital global dataset that shines a spotlight on plastic pollution.
Three reasons Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach cleanups are kind of a big deal:
Clean Beaches. Each year, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers remove tens of thousands of pounds of litter from their local beaches. More than 85% of it is plastic. Tackling plastic pollution in the Great Lakes is no small task, but together we can make a difference.
Collected Data. Volunteers have collected nearly 20 years of cleanup data. Scientists use Adopt-a-Beach data to study the sources of plastic pollution, and this information helps decision makers make the case for policies that protect the lakes.
Committed Communities. For more than 30 years, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers have worked to keep Great Lakes shorelines healthy, safe, and beautiful. Every year, about 15,000 volunteers join cleanups on all five Great Lakes and in each of the eight Great Lake states.