Biscayne River Canal - Griffing Park | International Coastal Cleanup 2020

Join us for a socially-distanced shoreline and waterway cleanup as part of the International Coastal Cleanup 2020 season,  the world's largest volunteer effort for our oceans and waterways. 

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 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, gloves, and community service hours. 

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.

Volunteers should:

  • Wear appropriate closed-toed shoes or water shoes and comfortable clothes.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent and hat are highly recommended
  • Please bring a face mask/facial covering to wear during check-in and during any time when you cannot maintain social distance from others outside of your household. 
  • 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.
  • Volunteers must check-in and sign waivers before any materials. An online waiver will be send via email 1 week before the cleanup. 

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 the International Coastal Cleanup:

Scientists estimate that more than 17 billion pounds of plastic enter our ocean every year threatening marine life from corals polyps to sharks, the health of people, and local economies 

Over the past 34 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 cataloging 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.


Saturday, October 03, 2020
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Griffing Park Community Center - meet at black tent in south parking lot
12200 Griffing Blvd
North Miami, FL 33161
United States
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Sara McDevitt
Hajer Albassam Melynda Boutcher-Hadad Antonio Perez Yingxin Chen Jamal hussain Anna Gazarian Rebecca Lima Sergio Lopez Jorge Rugel