Give your students a hands-on connection to science and their community with Adopt-a-Beach.

For more than 25 years, the Adopt-a-Beach program has brought people together to keep Great Lakes shorelines healthy, safe, and beautiful. This year-round service learning opportunity lets you teach outdoors at your local Great Lakes shoreline. 

Students connect to a local beach while learning about beach health and the impacts a community can have on natural areas. 

Register an Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup for Your Students

Scheduling a cleanup for your students is easy – visit to register your cleanup at a beach, date, and time that works for your group.  

At the cleanup, students will collect litter and record data on what they find. Afterwards, you’ll enter the data online at The litter data you enter, as well as historical litter data, are available to use in classrooms for analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions. Please contact us at to request data.

If you have any questions, Alliance staff are here to help!  You can reach us at  Want to get involved? Learn about becoming a team leader.

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Download Lesson Plans for Adopt-a-Beach

The Great Lakes In My World Adopt-a-Beach lesson plans are designed to support students in thinking critically about how humans impact the environment. Learn more and download free lesson plans here.