Events & Volunteering
Monthly Beach Cleanups
June 8, 2013: World Oceans Day! Monthly Beach Cleanup, Huntington State Beach
Invite your friends and family out to this monthly event to keep our beaches clean and to learn more about coastal conservation and desalination. We host our monthly cleanups on the second Saturday of every month. This month we will be at our usual Huntington State Beach location, lifeguard tower #11 from 9 – 11 a.m.
Parking is free as long as you arrive by 9:30 a.m., just tell the parking staff you’re with Coastkeeper for the cleanup! Please do not forget your closed-toe shoes, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lots of water. RSVP to email@example.com, and we hope to see you there! Coastkeeper beach cleanups take place on the 2nd Saturday of every month.
Japan Tsunami Debris Monitoring – June 8 (World Oceans Day), August 10 and September 21 (Coastal Cleanup Day)
The California Coastal Commission has asked us to be on the lookout for any debris from the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami that might reach Orange County’s coast. Please mark your calendars and please join us for the special beach cleanup and monitoring events! Event times and location are the same as the monthly cleanups, but the September cleanup time and location is subject to change.
Work out your green thumb at our Garden! There is always something to do, regardless of the season, so we need as much help as we can get! Individual volunteers are welcome to help out on weekdays, and group volunteer events are by request only. Participants for group events must be 18 and over, and minimum group size is 25. Weekday and weekend opportunities are available.
The garden will be open to the public daily, and so we need volunteer docents to greet guests, be available to answer questions, respond to any emergencies at the garden and perform general maintenance. Docents will only be required to work at least one shift a week for a few hours at a time, but this will all be discussed after you express interest.
If you are as concerned about the proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach as we are, we need your help to educate your neighbors and fellow ratepayers about the risks associated with this project. There will be multiple walks taking place on weekends with some of our partner organizations. If you are interested in being a part of this community-wide effort, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alamitos Bay Oyster Restoration
Get involved in a local oyster restoration project this spring and summer! We are looking for dedicated volunteers of any age to help out by maintaining their own oyster shell strings to be hung from docks throughout Alamitos Bay. These strings will recruit baby oysters throughout the spring and summer and will eventually be placed on an oyster bed in the Jack Dunster Marine Reserve, which was built by a team of awesome volunteers in June 2012. We are also looking for volunteers to help with other related oyster restoration activities coming up this summer.
If you are interested in helping out or are simply curious about the project and want to help in other ways, please contact Amanda Bird at email@example.com to participate in this workshop.
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Past 2012 Events
October 20: CleanWaterFest!
Coastkeeper’s fall fundraiser was held at Anthill Pub & Grille located on the UC Irvine campus. This beer tasting event featured nearly 20 regional microbreweries offering tasters of their amazing brews. There was a barbecue, live music and awesome raffle prizes. You can view event photos here.
August 25: Disney VoluntEARS at the garden!
June 23: Coastal Access Day – Huntington Harbour Bay Club pocket beach grand re-opening
To celebrate coastal access, Coastkeeper hosted the grand re-opening of a pocket beach that had been closed to the public for many years. This beach is perfect for kayak and paddle board launching, or for a leisurely afternoon of fishing. Another major bonus is the FREE PARKING! To announce the opening of this beach, about a dozen paddle boarders made their way across the harbor, beginning their journey from another pocket beach in Huntington Harbour, Trinidad Beach. Many thanks to everyone who came out to this event, all of our paddle boarders, members of the community. Special thanks to the Starbucks on PCH and 24th, and Yorktown and Main, for donating coffee and pastries.
June 5: Kids Ocean Day
Many months of planning, assemblies, and sunburns gotten mapping out aerial art, and we accomplished another successful ocean day. Nearly 800 students and over 150 educators and volunteers came together to “Defend the Sea!” Coastkeeper’s education department spent months going to each school that participates in Ocean Day to educate the students about our watershed and how trash and pollution travels from inland to the ocean. The students then get to come to the beach, a first time for many, and see what exactly ends up at the beach. This experience teaches the next generation to be good environmental stewards. Thanks again to all of our sponsors and our education teams and interns for working so hard to make this event work!
- Coastal Playground Cleanup, August 6, 2011 Thanks to the awesome company Coastal Playground, the OCC Circle K club and Coastkeeper volunteers for spending a Saturday cleaning Bolsa Chica State Beach! The team of 25 picked up over 1,800 pieces of debris, including high numbers of small plastic pieces, and unusual items such as glow sticks, cement and an aerosol spray can. What did we pick up? Coastal Playground Cleanup Summary (pdf) You can support Coastkeeper in style by purchasing a Coastal Playground t-shirt!
- Second Annual PIMCO Cleanup, July 20, 2011 Coastkeeper sends a big “THANK YOU” to PIMCO employees and their families for helping clean Huntington State Beach at the Santa Ana River Mouth. The cleanup team collected over 1600 pieces of styrofoam and almost 500 plastic pieces, 200 food wrappers and over 100 plastic bottle caps, and of course the random Hot Wheels, chopsticks, tennis balls, Legos, light bulbs and flip flops. Wow! Almost all of the trash was land-based. The message? We should clean up our own cities and streets to keep our ocean clean!
- - What did we pick up? PIMCO 2011 Cleanup (pdf)
- - Check out the PIMCO 2011 Photo Gallery! Stay tuned for more photos.
- Sam’s Club Volunteer Day at the Garden Tuesday March 15, 2011 Orange, CA
Sam’s Club employees who helped get over 400 plants in the ground! Thank you!
- Feb. 17: King Tides captured along the CA coast CA Coastkeeper Alliance initiated a campaign to take photos of these extreme high tides along our coast, which give us a glimpse of how sea level rise could impact coastal areas. Thanks to all who participated! Click the links below to learn more:
- Check out photos on the CA King Tides Flickr Page.
- Learn more at: CA Coastkeeper Alliance Page.
- “King tides: a global warming preview?” OC Register
- “Storm Surges and King Tides,” KQED, 2-17
- Dec. 15-16: MLPA Meeting in Santa Barbara
The Fish and Game Commission approved a suite of Marine Protected Areas along the South Coast region!
- 2010 Wine and Dine at Sandy’s Beach Grill
Thursday October 21, 2010 Sandy’s Beach Grill, Huntington Beach, CA
- Rigs to Reefs? 2010 Conference
Friday July 23,2010 Waterfront Hilton, Huntington Beach, CA
- PIMCO Cleanup- Sunday July 25, 2010 Huntington State Beach *video* *photos*
Coastkeeper partnered with PIMCO for an employee beach cleanup at Huntington State Beach. Thanks to PIMCO staff and their families for helping us leave the beach a lot cleaner than we found it.
- OCVC Cleanup- Sunday August 15, 2010, Bolsa Chica State Beach and Wetlands *video*
Over the over 20 families joined Coastkeeper to cleanup Bolsa Chica State Beach and restore habitat at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Thanks to the Family Service Teams of the Volunteer Center of Orange County for partnering with us on this event!
- The “Blue” Water Concert
Thusday June 10,2010 Club M, Laguna Beach, CA
- Kids Ocean Day 2010
Wednesday May 26,2010 Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach, CA