From Duluth, Minnesota to Rochester, New York⁠—Parrotheads to university students⁠—September Adopt-a-Beach brought together a large community of people who love the Great Lakes. 

September Adopt-a-Beach, part of the International Coastal Cleanup, took place September 21st in all eight Great Lakes states with nearly 130 cleanups. While we are still collecting final data on the cleanups, we wanted to share some of the special moments from the 28th year of September Adopt-a-Beach. 

Four Cat Footwear volunteers on beach A group from Cat Footwear at Muskegon State Park, Michigan enjoying Adopt-a-Beach.

Group of Parrotheads for September Adopt-a-Beach The Northwest Indiana Parrothead Club took to Kemil Beach, Indiana for September Adopt-a-Beach.

Senn High School students hold trash Senn High School students show off their finds at Hollywood Beach in Chicago, Illinois.

Five women at Adopt-a-beach holding trash and buckets A group of volunteers in Duluth, Minnesota participate in September Adopt-a-Beach.

Pile of trash from dive Some of the trash brought up by divers at the 19th annual Burnham Harbor cleanup dive in Chicago, Illinois. Divers found beach chairs, a hoverboard, and even a dish satellite.

Three volunteers in sand in front of water A group at Grand Haven State Park, Michigan as part of a cleanup hosted by Meijer.

Group of young volunteers take selfie Alliance affiliate Sadie Kratt and volunteers at Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo, New York pose for a selfie.

Woman and small baby in front of water Education Manager Katie Larson and her daughter Amelia enjoy baby’s first Adopt-a-Beach at Calumet Park Beach in Chicago, Illinois.