|International Coastal Cleanup||September 17, 2016|
How you can help at this location:
General Beach Cleanup
Collecting trash on foot and carrying the bags off the beach to designated roadside collection points. For a better idea of what's involved, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
More Volunteer Options and Information
For more information about helping with volunteer check-in, recycling, and BBQ service, please contact our Olympic National Park beach coordinator at: Heather_Stephens (at) nps.gov.
For detailed information on hiking in the wilderness areas of Olympic National Park, take a look at the Park's trip planner and wilderness regulations.
Know Before You Go: International Coastal Cleanup
On September 17th, low tide on the outer coast will occur around 7:30 a.m. and around 10 a.m. on the Strait beaches. High tide on the outer coast will occur around 2 p.m. and around 4 p.m. on the Strait beaches. The tides vary greatly from the outer coast to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, it’s good to check out your specific beach to ensure you are well prepared. Check the weather forecast for the coast and plan your clothing and supplies accordingly. It’s a good idea to have layers that help protect you from water, wind, and cold. For more information about safety, clothing, tools, lodging, and dogs, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Check-in Time and Location: International Coastal Cleanup
Please check in at the Three Rivers Fire Station (across the road from the Three Rivers Resort), between Forks and LaPush, between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. A CoastSavers representative will provide trash bags and basic information about the Cleanup and your beach. Be sure to fill out and bring the "Volunteer Agreement" form with you (download here). If you do not bring one, forms will be available at check in.
If you would like to take recyclables back home with you, please do. However, please be aware that most recycling companies will not accept highly degraded items or anything filled with wet sand or other beach muck. They only want the really clean household stuff like yogurt cups and plastic water bottles. If you take any debris back with you, be sure to bag it up tightly (stinky), keep it away from curious kids and dogs (messy), and don’t take any sharp items (safety hazard – ouch!).
If you wish to camp at First Beach, on the Quileute Reservation, they offer a commercial campground. If you will be wilderness camping within Olympic National Park, you'll need to check in at the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles to get your permit, but camping and permit fees will be waived (FREE) for Cleanup participants on the nights of Friday the day before and Saturday the day of. Frontcountry camping at the coastal campgrounds is on a first-come, first-served basis, and camping will be FREE for Cleanup participants on the nights of Friday the day before and Saturday the day of. The Park will also waive all wilderness permit fees and entrance fees for coastal areas during the Cleanup for participants. The WIC in Port Angeles will be open from 8:30 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m. For hours, directions, trail status, and other info, call the WIC at (360) 565-3100 or see the WIC website.
Rope ladders, headlands, tides, beach logs.
Basic Safety Guideline
- Wear gloves, proper clothing, and water-resistant shoes.
- Do not touch medical waste, dead animals, hazardous materials or sharp objects. If you are uncertain about an item, do not touch it.
- Do not approach wildlife.
- Report hazardous items that cannot be removed to event staff.
- Work with a partner.
- Be careful of unstable banks, steep slopes, or slippery surfaces.
- Do not try to lift anything that is too heavy for you. Ask for help!
- Watch for poison oak, plants with thorns, or other natural hazards.
- Watch for any trucks or equipment that might be used in the project.
- When driving on the beach (State Parks only), stay on compacted sand. Do not drive into sand that is very soft or very wet.
Debris Data Program
The amount and type of debris you find on our beaches gives evidence of its globally diverse sources and its impact on ocean ecosystems. Help us analyze what it all means by participating in our data collection program. If you will be at the cleanup with a group, please download our Debris Data Card and fill out as you clean the beach (also available at check in). One group member should fill out the form while others call out their findings. After the cleanup, simply go online and transfer your findings to our debris database. Collective results will be available online to anyone seeking to understand and reduce the effects of marine debris.
Beach Location and Directions
Located in La Push, on Route 110 north and west of Forks, WA.