Virginia Key Island Challenge - VKOC Coastal Clean Up
" Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead
Last Memorial Day, we saw Willis Island at the Mouth of the Marine Stadium Basin FILLED with Trash. At the North Point of the Island, trash cans were already overflowing and forming piles of garbage by 10AM. We expect this Independence Day to be no different. For that reason we invite residents and visitors to join us and partners to participate in the Virginia Key Island Challenge.
The goal of this Multi-site Clean Up effort is to assess the trash situation on the island post-Independence Day. With four different clean up locations, participants will have the opportunity to make a difference on July 10th. The Clean Ups start island wide at 9AM. Expect to get #trashy post -Independence Day with us all. Community Service Hours, Free Kayaks and Paddleboards*, Games, and more will be offered all morning long!
Join us on Saturday, July 10th at 9AM at any of the participating clean up sites:
*** Virginia Key Outdoor Center - 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL 33149: This Clean Up Site is managed by VKOC and Clean This Beach Up. Please be aware the Virginia Key Outdoor Center will be providing participants free kayak/paddleboard rentals. They are available upon reservations at vkoc.net/cleanups. RSVPing here does not guarantee a kayak or paddleboard. You must RSVP at VKOC.net/cleanups and select the equipment.
*** Virginia Key Dog Beach - 3301 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL 33149: This Clean Up Site is managed by Debris Free Oceans.
*** Historic Virginia Key Beach Park - 4020 Virginia Beach Drive Miami, FL 33149: This Clean Up Site is managed by The Virginia Key Beach Park Trust and its collaborators Fill a Bag and Off the Hook Florida.
- Sunglasses and hat are highly recommended
- Bring gloves if you have them (we suggest reusable working, gardening or dish gloves that you can pick up at the grocery store/home depot) We will have some onsite but cannot guarantee they will be in your size!
Reusable Water bottle. There will be water stations to refill. This is a PLASTIC FREE EVENT! Forgot yours?
Bring your Friends, we’re gonna need all the help we can get!
**If you are under 18 and coming without a parent or guardian, you must have a parent/guardian sign the waiver form in advance