New York State Beach Cleanup

Sponsored by the American Littoral Society - Northeast Chapter

Spring Volunteer Opportunities

Year after year I receive calls from Beach Captains and volunteers looking for cleanups to do during the Spring season. Below is a list of some volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups and organizations that will be taking place during the Spring. If you would like to add an opportunity to the list, please email me at




Earth Day Spring Cleanup - Sunday, April 28th, 10AM-1PM - Join us for a shoreline cleanup at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. We will clean and document debris at several sites within the refuge. For information and reservations call the American Littoral Society at (718) 474-0896; e-mail: Kids and families welcome!


Randall's Island Community Clean Up - Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10AM-NOON - Meeting Location: Icahn Stadium, 10 Central Road, Randall's Island - Contact: - Help us clean our shoreline and freshwater wetland area of winter debris. Your assistance with this beautification project helps make the Island a welcome place for wildlife, as well as thousands of visitors who use the park for recreation and relaxation.


Gateway Cleanups: Due to the Government shut down, Gateway was hit hard and can use volunteers for cleanups. If you are interested in a cleanup at a Gateway site, please contact: Keith White – Volunteer Coordinator – or 718-354-5109.


Riverkeeper Sweeps - Saturday, May 4th - For more information please visit:

Join TRASH HERO, in partnership with Riverside Park Conservancy, for a cleanup of the Hudson River coastline at Riverside Park South! Meeting at the 59th St entrance to Riverside Park, volunteers will be removing trash and recyclables from the rip rap along the Hudson River, where tides bring trash and debris by the tons.

Email to RSVP. This event will be canceled in the event of rain or wet conditions. Closed toe work shoes are required. Do not bring additional bags, as there is really no place to store belongings. Show up on on of the dates below at 10:00am at the southern tip of Riverside Park South, located at 59th St and the Hudson River Greenway. Take the #1 or A train to 59th St Columbus Circle and walk west on 60th St till you get to West End Ave. Turn left on West End Ave and turn right on 59th St. Walk as far as the road goes (past 12th Ave). The entrance to Riverside Park South will be on your right - we'll be waiting for you!
June 15th
July 27th
Aug 3rd – this is in a different location – 148th St.
Oct 26th

Directions for 148th ST: Take the #1 to 145th St. and walk north for three blocks until you hit 148th St. Walk west on 148th until you hit Riverside Drive. Cross the street and go down the staircase. Walk over the bridge and go down the staircase to the right. Continue through the underpass and take the path to the left between the baseball field and basketball courts. We will be waiting under the Riverside Park Conservancy tent!




Glen Cove Beautification cleanups:

Litter Patrol March 30th - 9AM-NOON - Meet in back of City Hall.

The Great American Clean up - May 18th - 9AM-NOON - Meet at Parking Lot in back of City Hall.

Litter Patrol June 27th - 9AM-NOON - Meet in back of City Hall.

Contact Joan Bessette at for more information.




Alliance for the Great Lakes

Gallagher Beach @ Buffalo Harbor State Park Cleanup (1111 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203) - Saturday, April 13th - 10AM - 12 Noon - Sign up at the following link:

Gallagher Beach @ Buffalo Harbor State Park Cleanup (1111 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203) - Saturday, April 27th - 10AM - 12 Noon - Sign up at the following link:


Aquarium of Niagara.

We will be having a beach cleanup this spring at Fort Niagara State Park on May 19th from 11:00AM until 1:00PM.

"What better way to celebrate Earth Day, Endangered Species Day, and World Oceans Day than with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife? AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America are throwing a Party for the Planet, making it the largest combined Earth Day, Endangered Species Day, and World Oceans Day celebration!

Party for the Planet offers families unique opportunities to visit their local AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium, celebrate the Earth’s biodiversity, and learn how they can take action to make a difference.

The Aquarium of Niagara is having a Beach Clean Up at Fort Niagara State Park to help do our part this year! We will meet in the northernmost parking lot of Fort Niagara, near the swimming pool. Please be sure to dress for the weather and to expect to get a little dirty. Gloves and materials to gather debris will be provided, as well as food and refreshments to help you refuel. The event will be held rain or shine."

For more information, please contact Kaitlyn Dunbar at