We’ve put together some resources to answer all of your Adopt-a-Beach questions!

How do I find and register for a cleanup I would like to attend?

When on the Adopt-a-Beach website, go to the “Find a Cleanup” page. You’ll see a map that shows all the upcoming Adopt-a-Beach cleanups. If you scroll down, you’ll see a table with every cleanup listed. You can use the search bars and “Show Results” button at the top of the page to narrow the list to a date and location that’s right for you. When you’ve found a cleanup you want to attend, just click the “Register” button and sign up! You can also click on the pins or the beach name to see more details about the cleanup.

What does it mean if a cleanup is “full”?

Some cleanups can only accommodate a certain number of volunteers. A cleanup that has reached its capacity is considered “full,” and no more volunteers will be able to join it.

What does it mean if a cleanup is “private”?

Some cleanups are meant for invited participants only. For example, a school might host a cleanup that’s open only to its students, or a business might host a cleanup that’s meant only for its employees. These events are considered “private.”

I’ve been invited to a private cleanup? How can I register?

You’ll need a special registration link to join a private cleanup. Contact the Team Leader for the cleanup to get the link.

How do I register a group for a cleanup?

There is no longer the option to register a group of adults all at once for an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup. Please have your group members register individually through our website prior to the cleanup. If they are not able to register ahead of time, they can do so as walk-ups on the beach if the cleanup is not full.

How do I register minors for a cleanup?

When you register for an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup, as described above, you will be able to indicate whether or not you are bringing any minors to the cleanup. If you are, you will be able to list these minors, along with any applicable organization/youth group name, when you register for the cleanup.

Do I have to register ahead of time to attend a cleanup?

It’s better for everyone if you register for your cleanup beforehand. Registering means your spot is reserved, even if the cleanup becomes full. You’ll get a confirmation email and a day-before reminder with important details about the event.  And if anything changes — like the start time or the meetup location — or if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather, you’ll be emailed immediately. Registering also helps the Team Leader know how many volunteers to expect so they can better prepare for the cleanup and make sure there are enough materials for everyone. If you aren’t able to register ahead of time, you can register as a walk-up on the beach if the cleanup isn’t full.

How do I invite other people to join a cleanup I’m attending?

Great question! After you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email. The email contains social links you can share and invite others to join you. There will also be a link you can share via email.

What do I need to bring to my cleanup?

Team Leaders are responsible for bringing necessary cleanup materials. Simply plan to show up at the listed meetup location at the listed start time and be ready to join your community members in protecting the Great Lakes!

What should I wear to my cleanup?

We suggest wearing weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, close-toed shoes. Bring a reusable water bottle, if you have one!

Can I bring others with me to the cleanup?

Yes! If the capacity has not been reached for the cleanup, feel free to bring others with you. They will just have to register for the cleanup on our website, or, if that is not possible, they can register as a walk-up on the beach.

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.

Can I do an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup with my coworkers or organization?

You can most certainly participate in Adopt-a-Beach with your coworkers or organization! If you are interested in doing so, please contact us at adoptabeach@greatlakes.org

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