What is Adopt-A-Beach®?
When a group "adopts" a beach, they commit to cleaning it at least three times per
year, although school groups can fulfill their obligation with a single cleanup.
Groups are encouraged to re-adopt at the end of the year. The Adopt-A-Beach®
program fosters feelings of pride and ownership as volunteers begin to care for
"their" beach, helping to tackle the urgent problem
of marine debris head-on.
The process is simple and has been received with great enthusiasm by corporations,
service and professional organizations and hundreds of California schools. Contact
your local beach manager directly or the Adopt-A-Beach®
program at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800)
COAST-4U for more information.
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What Educational Materials are available?
Thousands of young people have participated in the annual Coastal
Cleanup Day and the Adopt-A-Beach® Program. Free resources are
available for educators who want to engage their students in this service learning opportunity.
On our Schoolyard Cleanup Program webpages, you can find
links to many related classroom activities, streaming videos or videos available to borrow,
recommended read-aloud books, downloadable slide shows, and more. You'll also find clear,
step-by-step instructions on leading a cleanup with students in a way that connects with your
California Next Generation Science Standards. These resources can be used at a shoreline
cleanup or on the school grounds. A schoolyard cleanup might effectively accompany your
shoreline cleanup or be an alternative that does not require travel. Removing trash from
our environment prevents marine debris no matter where you find it.