Biscayne River Canal - Griffing Park | International Coastal Cleanup
Scientists estimate that more than 17 billion pounds of plastic enters our ocean every year threatening marine life from corals polyps to sharks, the health of people, and local economies. Join us for the 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) the world's largest, one-day volunteer effort for our oceans and waterways, and show your commitment to reducing marine debris, along with volunteers from across the globe!
VolunteerCleanup.org organizes Miami-Dade’s local participation in this global event with 45+ simultaneous shoreline cleanups around the county and is made possible by the generous support of our presenting sponsor, Covanta, with additional support from City of Miami Beach, Capital One, Revolution 93.5 FM and MB Suncare.
We are planning a fun and rewarding morning, cleaning up the Biscayne River Canal in North Miami that runs under bridges, behind homes, schools, businesses and city property between 121st St/Griffing Park and 135th St/ Griffing Blvd.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own watercraft (kayaks/SUP and canoes) to help remove items from the canal. Additional volunteers will be needed on the shore at various spots to clean shoreline and aid the paddlers in unloading and sorting debris
We will provide garbage bags, data collection cards, sunscreen, insect repellent, community service hours certificate, and an event bag!
Where possible, please have all guests in your party RSVP individually so we can ensure they get information, details and updates about the event.
Volunteer meet up spot is in the South parking lot of the Griffing Park Community Center. There is space to park in the parking lot and additional spaces can be found on the street in front of the community center. Volunteers of all ages are welcome but small children will need adult supervision as this cleanup is near water and around slippery/rocky shoreline areas. Be prepared to get your shoes wet.
- Wear appropriate closed-toed shoes or water shoes and comfortable clothes.
- 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 or home improvement store) We will have some onsite but cannot guarantee they will be in your size!
- Bring water in a reusable container. Let’s reduce waste and refuse single-use disposable plastic water bottles, where possible.
- **If you are under 18 and coming without a parent or guardian, you must have a parent/guardian sign the waiver below in advance. Download Waiver
- Volunteers must check-in and sign waivers before any materials (bags, cards, or gift bags can be distributed)
Before the event, download the Ocean Conservancy’s CleanSwell app to log, tally and measure the impact of your cleanup. With Clean Swell, the data you collect will upload to Ocean Conservancy’s global ocean trash database in real time. It’s easier and more fun than using the paper data cards!
About International Coastal Cleanup:
Over the past 33 years, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup has brought together nearly 13 million people from over 150 countries to collect nearly 250 million pounds of trash along our coastlines and waterways.
Every year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup®, volunteers comb lakes, rivers and beaches around the world for trash picking up everything imaginable along the world’s shorelines: cigarette butts, food wrappers, abandoned fishing gear and even automobiles and kitchen appliances.
By volunteering at ICC, you will be actively participating in a global citizen science project, not only by removing marine debris, but by also cataloguing and tallying what you find using the Ocean Conservancy’s data collection cards or Clean Swell app. The resulting item-by-item, location-by-location Ocean Trash Index that Ocean Conservancy compiles each year provides the only global snapshot of the marine debris littering coasts and waterways around the world
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