Beach Cleanups

Washington State Parks is a member of the Washington Clean Coast Alliance (WCCA). The WCCA was formed in 2007 and is an alliance of volunteers, nonprofits, civic organizations, and federal and state government agencies that join together to conduct coordinated beach cleanups under the Washington CoastSavers program.

Beach cleanups are suitable for the whole family and are a fun and exciting way to participate in a meaningful activity while enjoying a day at the beach. Thousands of volunteers show up and help remove several tons of marine debris from Washington’s Pacific Coast and Salish Sea each year. Volunteer for one of our cleanups and help get marine debris off our beaches!

Annual Cleanup Events

Beach cleanups are held times three times throughout the year along the outer coast of Washington and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

  • The Washington Coast Cleanup is held on a Saturday near Earth Day in April. This cleanup has a long and productive history of cleaning the entire coast of Washington back to at least 2007. Please visit CoastSavers for current dates and registration information.
  • July 5 is an important day to clean up our beaches. Many people celebrate the 4th of July by setting off fireworks on our coastal beaches, leaving lots of trash and plastic debris. State Parks hosts cleanups the following day at beach approach locations along the coast from Ocean Shores to Long Beach. Check out our events calendar to find a location near you.  
  • The International Coastal Cleanup, conducted in cooperation with the Ocean Conservancy, is typically held on the third Saturday of September. Join thousands of volunteers around the world to reduce marine debris. Please visit for current dates and registration information.

Additional Opportunities

Love beach cleanups and want to contribute more? State Parks is always looking for volunteers to help run our registration stations during our beach cleanup events. Registration Assistants help set up registration stations, greet and check-in volunteers, and hand out supplies. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Program.  

Beach Cleanup Volunteers