Thousands of volunteers across California will pick up reusable buckets and comb the state's beaches for trash on Saturday, September 15. And this year, the Marin Headlands Hostel is sponsoring Black Sands Beach for the 28th annual California Coastal Cleanup.
California's cleanup is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, happening on the same day around the globe. Taken together, this event is one of the world's largest volunteer events. In 2010, 82,500 volunteers in California collected 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables!
Registration for the cleanup begins at 8:30 a.m. at Black Sands Beach, and the cleanup lasts until noon. From the hostel, the beach is a moderate-to-strenuous 10-minute hike with steep inclination -- hiking experience and appropriate footwear is recommended. In an effort to keep the cleanup as environmentally conscious as possible, the hostel is providing reusable, plastic buckets and gloves for participants, though BYOB-ing it (Bringing-Your-Own-Bucket) is also encouraged.
The hostel is teaming up with partner organizations in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to divide and conquer the Headlands. Our friends at the Marine Mammal Center will helm cleanup efforts at Rodeo Beach, which is about two miles from the hostel.
After the cleanup ends, head over to the Headlands Center for the Arts (near the hostel) for their 30th anniversary celebration. Or make your way over to Sausalito (5 miles from the hostel) and enjoy the official coastal cleanup after-party. The BBQ and festivities begin at noon at the Bay Model Visitor Center.
Stay at the Marin Headlands Hostel, and help us clean up the California coast!