Winter Break Activity

Make a Difference by Cleaning Up Your Local Parks and Beaches

In the spirit of FOWA’s mission to inspire and promote the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of Pacific marine life, we encourage everyone to participate in a socially distanced and safe beach clean-up. This Winter break, visit your favorite beach and make a difference by picking up trash in a socially distanced and safe manner

Unlike past events, this isn’t your typical beach clean-up. Instead of designating a single day and time, we’re asking individuals and families (groups of 5 or less) to visit their local beaches between December 21 and January 1 to participate in your own beach clean-up.

See the six easy steps below on how you can make your beach clean-up as safe, impactful and fun as possible.

Making a difference is as easy as following these steps:

Watch this video made by our partners at NOAA Marine Debris Program to learn more about marine debris.

Check ocean conditions and weather reports to plan your beach clean-up. Bring supplies like sunscreen, water, masks, trash bags, gloves, and tongs to protect yourself while cleaning up the beach.

Track your progress and impact by downloading the Marine Debris Tracker app. Step by step guide to use the app can be found here. Select the NOAA logo on the top of the list so we can compile our data and track our progress.

The app allows you to log what you collect, take pictures and time your beach cleanup. It also allows you to post to social media using the hashtag #FOWAbeachcleanup.

Please be sure to dispose of your collected trash properly.

Check back with us on our website as we compile the data or check out the data section of the Marine Debris Tracker site.

*To combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that all participants adhere to CDC guidelines and City and County regulations mandating social distancing and use of face coverings.

This Winter break, do your part to keep our beaches clean and make a difference in our community! For more information on safe beach cleanup practices, read more on the NOAA Marine Debris Program.