For Immediate Release: 9/18/2019

California State Parks Participates in the State’s Largest Annual Volunteer Event – The California Coastal Cleanup Day

Contact: Jorge Moreno I Information Officer I 916.653.1986

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks today announced that more than 60 state parks, as well as the Division of Boating and Waterways’ Boat Clean and Green Program (DBW) participate in the 35th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day (The Cleanup) being held on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Organized by the California Coastal Commission (Commission), the cleanup event will take place in more than 1,000 sites across California, including beaches, shorelines and inland waterways up and down the coast––from Oregon to the Mexico border and as far inland as Lake Tahoe. More than 65,000 volunteers are expected to gather across California to remove trash from beaches and inland shorelines. California’s event, which is the state’s largest annual volunteer event, is also part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by the Ocean Conservancy.

Coastal Cleanup Day also provides a hands-on educational experience about the damage that trash, especially single use disposable plastics, can cause to California’s wildlife, economy, and human health. According to past cleanup data, 75 percent of the debris that volunteers removed was composed of plastic, a material that never completely biodegrades and has numerous harmful consequences in the environment. Plastic debris can kill wildlife, leach toxins into the environment, and introduce them into the food chain. Last year alone, over 71,000 participants removed over 800,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s coast and inland waterways.

Below is a list of state parks participating in this year’s Cleanup:

Border Field State Park

Silver Strand State Beach

Cardiff State Beach

Swami’s State Beach

Tamarack State Beach

Carlsbad State Beach

San Clemente State Beach

Doheny State Beach

Point Mugu State Park

Garrapata State Beach

Carmel River State Beach

Seacliff State Beach

San Gregorio State Beach

Sonoma Coast State Park

Crystal Cove State Park

Silver Strand State Beach

Hearst San Simeon State Park

Asilomar State Beach

New Brighton State Beach

Montara State Beach

Russian Gulch State Park

Huntington State Beach

McGrath State Beach

Estero Bluffs State Beach

Monterey State Beach

Twin Lakes State Beach

Thorton State Beach

Patrick’s Point State Park

Bolsa Chica State Beach

Emma Wood State Beach

Cayucos State Beach

Fort Ord Dunes State Beach

Lighthouse Field State Beach

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Dockweiler State Beach

Carpinteria State Beach

Morro Strand State Beach

Marina State Beach

Natural Bridges State Beach

Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach


Santa Monica State Beach

El Capitán State Beach

Morro Bay State Park

Salinas River State Beach

Año Nuevo State Park

Angel Island State Park


Will Rogers State Beach

Fort Ross State Historic

Montaña de Oro State Park

Moss Landing State Beach

Manresa State Beach

Mt Tamalpais State Park


Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Refugio State Beach

Pismo State Beach

Zmudowski State Beach

MacKerricher State

Tomales Bay State Park


Leo Carillo State Park

Gaviota State Beach

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

Sunset State Beach

Van Damme State Park

Marconi Conference Center State Historic Park


State Parks participating on California

DBW has also supported The Cleanup for more than seven years with outreach marketing, staff assistance and volunteer coordination. This year, DBW’s ongoing support to clean up our beaches and waterways includes on-the-ground visits/assistance in San Mateo County and at six boating facilities on Alameda Island.

To find out how to join this statewide effort, the Commission has an interactive map of cleanup locations in every corner of the state, which is available at here. You can check the website for updates and share your cleanup experience on social media using the hashtag #CoastalCleanUpDay.

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