Virginia Key | FREE Kayaks & Paddle Boards Available | International Coastal Cleanup
Join us for the world's largest, one-day volunteer effort for our oceans and waterways, and show your commitment to reducing marine debris, along with millions of volunteers from across the globe! The Virginia Key Outdoor Center will be offering a limited amount of free kayak and paddle board rentals for International Coastal Clean Up! This clean up will be occurring on the shoreline and on the water!
Spearheaded globally by the Ocean Conservancy, VolunteerCleanup.org organizes Miami-Dade County’s local participation in this annual event with 45+ simultaneous shoreline cleanups around the county and is made possible by the generous support of our presenting sponsors Covanta and Rickenbacker Marina, with additional support from Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Verizon, Miami-Dade County RER-DERM, Pubbelly Sushi, and Greenberg Traurig.
We will provide garbage bags, gloves, data collection cards, and a souvenir tote bag with this year’s marine animal theme, the Hermit Crab. *Community Service hours also provided*
This year's shirts are available for purchase here!
Registration is required to participate. Please RSVP at vkoc.net/volunteer to reserve paddlecraft.
If you're interested in supporting our clean up efforts and would like to bring your office/business please email [email protected]
Details for this site:
- Parking Information:
Virginia Key Outdoor Center
3801 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL
For detailed directions visit vkoc.net/directions
Show your RSVP confirmation email at the gate house to be allowed in for FREE. There is FREE parking on the premise.
- Check-in will be at the Virginia Key Outdoor Center. You will see us set up under a pop up canopy by the sheltered deck area.
- This event is suitable for all ages. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Info for Volunteers:
- Complete the online waiver here:**If you are under 18 and coming without a parent or guardian, you must have a parent/guardian sign the waiver HERE in advance.
- Download the Ocean Conservancy’s CleanSwell app to participate in the Citizen Science activity to log, tally and measure the impact of your cleanup. It is easier and more fun than using the paper data cards!
- Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. We will be on a sandy shoreline - during low tide it does get a bit rocky, and you should wear Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes like sneakers, no flipflops or sandals! Those attending the Kayak/Paddleboard Clean Up, please come in clothes you do not mind getting wet in. We have bathrooms, showers, and a storage area for belongings onsite
- Sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen are recommended
- If you have your own reusable working or gardening type gloves, bring them. We will be providing gloves but cannot guarantee they will be in your size.
- Please bring water in a reusable container. Let’s reduce waste and refuse single-use disposable plastic water bottles.
*Read more about the history and impact of the International Coastal Cleanup here: https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/