*Each date has a unique location in efforts to clean a larger part of our local beaches throughout the year.
Our Chapter's programs operate solely on your kind donations:
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 and 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, schools clubs, Scouts, companies, and other large groups. We're always looking for volunteers to help out at the booth as well as participate in the cleanups.
PLEASE NOTE: Plastic bags & gloves have been phased out at our beach cleanups.
In an effort to send less trash to the landfill we are asking that beach cleanup volunteers bring their own;
reusable bucket or bag,
and reusable bottle or container. We also recommend bringing garden gloves that you don't mind throwing away, rather than latex gloves (if possible). We no longer provide plastic gloves.
Q. Can you sign my volunteer hours sheet or do you have a certificates of completion?
A. Yes but you MUST sign up first thing in the morning and participate fully throughout the entire cleanup. 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. Depends on the location. There is no parking fee at Bolsa Chica State Beach from 8am-12pm, however there may be parking fees at other locations that have meters or residential areas. This is usually specified on our Beach Cleanup Schedule.
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 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 where any cancellations will be posted. Expect a cancellation if there are heavy rains/stormy weather. Holidays may also affect our cleanup dates.
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. The City and State beaches do not appreciate unaffiliated corporate sponsors to be displayed with the Surfrider setup, however anyone has the ability to put up a simple 10×10 tent on the beach. We suggest not putting up a banner.
All volunteers are welcome to participate and are required to sign a Liability Waiver that will be available at the each beach cleanup.
Frequently Asked Questions about our Beach Cleanups:
Q. Do I need to sign up ahead of time?
A. No, you can “just show up” in the morning and sign in. Its that simple... Cya there!
Q. Can I bring my kids, friends or a group?
A. Yes. For groups of 30+, just send us a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how many you expect to have. Be sure to read through the rest of the FAQ’s below before emailing. Kids of all ages are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We cannot watch anyone once they are dropped off or cleaning the beach.
Q. Do I need to bring anything?
A. If you have work gloves and a bucket, bring them. We are also in the process of phasing out cups, so we encourage volunteers to bring their own reusable bottles/containers. During the summer, a hat and sunblock are recommended.
Q. Do I have to stay the entire four hours?
A. No. You can help out for any length of time. (The cleanups run for 4hrs).
Q. How do I get to Bolsa Chica State Beach?
A. Between Seapoint & Warner on PCH.
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 special beach cleanups aside from your normal dates?
A. No, please understand that we have 20+ beach cleanups scheduled with the City and State each year. We are fully loaded with the dates currently scheduled and at this time cannot accommodate any additional cleanups on special dates. As we appreciate your interest and encourage you to take part in our existing cleanups, please refrain from sending us emails requesting special dates for the current year, however you are always welcome to request dates for the upcoming years to come and become an event sponsor.
For mor information, please email HSBChair@surfrider.org