Thank you for becoming an Adopt-a-Beach Team Leader! We’ve put together some FAQs to answer all your questions and make your Adopt-a-Beach cleanup successful and stress-free.

I would like to lead an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup. How do I register to become a Team Leader?

In order to lead your own Adopt-a-Beach cleanup, you must first register to become a Team Leader on our Adopt-a-Beach website. To do so, go to the “Host a Cleanup” page on the blue navigation bar at the top of the home page. This will direct you to a Team Leader registration page. You can also select the “Leader Log In” tab in the right-hand corner on the home page, which will also direct you to the Team Leader registration page. Once you fill out the required fields and agree to the waiver and photo release, you are all set as a Team Leader. You are then able to create Adopt-a-Beach cleanups on our website.

How do I create an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup?

In order to create an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup, you first have to be registered in our system as an Adopt-a-Beach Team Leader, described above. Once registered as a Team Leader, you are free to host your own cleanup! To do so, select the “Host a Cleanup” page on the blue navigation bar at the top of the home page. Then, follow the prompts to select a beach location and to provide cleanup details, and your event will be registered in our system.

How do I create multiple Adopt-a-Beach cleanups with repeating cleanup details?

Our Adopt-a-Beach website allows you to “clone” a cleanup, meaning you can duplicate an already created event and change certain details, such as date or beach location, so you do not have to start from scratch in creating each cleanup. You can do so by selecting the “My Cleanups” page on the blue navigation bar at the top of the home page. You can then select the cleanup which you would like to clone. Once on the Cleanup Details page for that cleanup, you will find a “Clone” button in the drop-down menu located to the right of the “Litter Data” button. A screen will pop up with a cloned version of your cleanup that you can edit and “Save.”

Are there recommendations for keeping volunteers safe at Adopt-a-Beach events?

We have provided a list of safety-related best practices for Adopt-a-Beach Team Leaders on our Safety and Your Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup page. You will find information on COVID-19 safety as well as information about high water levels and general Adopt-a-Beach safety guidelines.

What do I need to do to prepare for my Adopt-a-Beach cleanup?

Please see our Team Leader How-to Guide for helpful tips on preparing for, leading, and wrapping up your Adopt-a-Beach cleanup.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at adoptabeach@greatlakes.org.

How do I access helpful Adopt-a-Beach documents and resources?

You can view helpful resources, such as forms and training materials, on the “Resources” page located on the blue navigation bar at the top of the Adopt-a-Beach home page.

I am an educator. Are there any additional resources I can use with my students?

Yes!  We have many Great Lakes educator resources. The Alliance also offers a Great Lakes curriculum for grades K-12 — Great Lakes in My World — available as free downloads.

What cleanup supplies does the Alliance provide for my cleanup?

If you request supplies when you create your cleanup, you can expect a Team Leader packet from the Alliance for the Great Lakes to arrive about 1-2 weeks prior to your cleanup. This packet will include Sign-in Sheet Waivers, Litter Monitoring Forms, Alliance stickers, and a Team Leader t-shirt, if you provided your t-shirt size.

What should I bring to my cleanup?

Please see our Team Leader How-to Guide for a list of required and suggested materials to bring to your cleanup, in addition to some other helpful tips!

The beach I would like to host a cleanup at is not listed on the Adopt-a-Beach website. How can I lead a cleanup at this location?

If you would like to lead a cleanup at a beach that is not listed on our website, please reach out to adoptabeach@greatlakes.org.

How do I recruit participants for my cleanup?

One way to recruit participants for your cleanup is to share your event on social media with the links provided in the confirmation email you will receive after you create your cleanup.  You can also visit the “Resources” tab on the blue navigation bar at the top of the home page, where you will find templates for an event flyer and press release that you can modify for your individual cleanup.  And, of course, feel free to get creative and think of other unique ways to promote your cleanup!

How do I view a list of registrants for my cleanup?

In order to print a roster for your cleanup, select the “My Cleanups” page on the blue navigation bar at the top of the home page. You can then select the cleanup for which you would like to print a roster. Once on the Cleanup Details page, you will see a “Print Roster” button in the drop-down menu located to the right of the “Litter Data” button that will allow you to print the roster for your cleanup.

How do I print a roster for my cleanup?

In order to print a roster for your cleanup, select the “My Cleanups” page on the blue navigation bar at the top of the home page. You can then select the cleanup for which you would like to print a roster. Once on the Cleanup Details page, you will see a “Print Roster” button in the drop-down menu located to the right of the “Litter Data” button that will allow you to print the roster for your cleanup.

What should I do if inclement weather is predicted during my cleanup?

Whether or not to hold an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup during inclement weather is at the discretion of the individual Team Leader. If you choose to not hold a cleanup for any reason, you can cancel the cleanup and all registrants will automatically be notified.

How do I change details of my cleanup (time, location, date, etc.)?

To change any details of your cleanup, go to the “My Cleanups” page on the blue navigation bar at the top of the home page. From here, you can select the cleanup you would like to make changes to, and you will be brought to a Cleanup Details page that will allow you to make and save edits for this cleanup via the “Edit” button in the upper right corner. All registrants will be notified when changes are made to the following fields:  date, start time, beach, meetup location, and Team Leader.

How will registrants be notified of any changes to my cleanup?

Any time you make changes to the following fields of your cleanup, all listed registrants will get notified of these changes:  date, start time, beach, meetup location, and Team Leader. Registrants will also get notified if you cancel your cleanup.

Where do I dispose of the litter that we collect?

You should dispose of your collected litter and/or recycling in the appropriate receptacles provided at your respective beach location. If the receptacles are full, you can neatly place the bags next to the receptacles. If this occurs, please also let us know by emailing adoptabeach@greatlakes.org, so that we can let the park district know.

How do I report attendance for my cleanup?

You can record who attended your cleanup by going to the “My Cleanups” page on the blue navigation bar at the top of the home page. From here, you can select the cleanup you would like to make changes to, and you will be brought to a Cleanup Details page with an “Attendance” button in the upper right corner. This attendance process will include 3 steps: 1) Select who attended your cleanup and click “submit.” 2) Record who attended your cleanup as walk-ups and registered at the cleanup via a paper waiver. 3) Confirm how many people attended your cleanup and how long the cleanup lasted.

How do I enter cleanup data and litter data for my cleanup?

After your cleanup has occurred, you can submit your litter data by going to the “My Cleanups” page on the blue navigation bar at the top of the home page. From here, you can select the cleanup for which you would like to enter litter data. You will be brought to a Cleanup Details page with a “Litter Data” button in the upper right corner. After you select the “Litter Data” button you will be able to enter the total weight of litter that was collected at your cleanup, along with total litter counts for each item listed on the Litter Monitoring Form. Once your litter is entered, you will be able to view this data, as well as litter data for all of your cleanups, in graph form on the “Litter Collected” tab on the Cleanup Details page.

Please feel free to reach out to us at adoptabeach@greatlakes.org if you have any additional questions!