Thousands of people participate in September Adopt-a-Beach every year — a day dedicated to volunteering and cleaning up Great Lakes beaches and shorelines. Volunteers head out to beaches on all five Great Lakes for one big day of action.

September Adopt-a-Beach is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, so you’ll be joining millions of people caring their local shorelines all over the world.

Last year, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers picked up more than 40,000 lbs. of litter from their local beaches. 87% of it was plastic. Tackling litter and plastic pollution on the Great Lakes is no small task, but together we can make a difference.

How to get involved

September Adopt-a-Beach is on September 16th* this year. Will you join us to keep the Great Lakes beautiful and healthy? 

  • Become a Team Leader: Team leaders are the backbone of Adopt-a-Beach. As a team leader, you’ll choose your beach, set a date, and invite your friends and family to join your cleanup. It’s fun, easy, and we provide everything you need to ensure a successful cleanup!
  • Find a cleanup near you and volunteer: September Adopt-a-Beach cleanups are held all over the Great Lakes. Visit to find a cleanup near you. Join the fun, invite your friends, and make a difference.

*September Adopt-a-Beach takes place on September 23rd in the state of Minnesota.

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September Adopt-a-Beach is on September 16th this year. Get in on the fun, find a cleanup near you!

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