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Washington Coast Cleanup

April 19, 2014

Long Beach: Ocean Park Approach

What you can help with at this location:

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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.

Truck Driving
Truck drivers drive (their own trucks) along the drivable portions of the beach and collect the full bags that have been left by the general cleanup crews. They also collect large debris. They transfer bags and debris to dumpsters. (Must have valid driver's license and proof of insurance.) To join the truck force, contact Linda Bierma (bierma (at) willapabay.org) for further information and specific location where you can best help.

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Know Before You Go
April 19th is a low tide morning, with low tide occurring around 10:23 a.m. (-0.7 ft.). High tide will occur around 4:49 p.m. (+7.0 ft.). 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. For directions or questions about your beach, refer to your beach signup page or contact your beach coordinator (listed on the signup page).

Check-in Time and Location
Please check in before beginning any cleanup activities. On-site registration, orientation, and instructions will be provided upon arrival. All volunteers must register and sign a State Parks volunteer timesheet. Check-in will be at the beach, from 9:30 a.m until noon.

Beach Features:
There is a small parking area available and restrooms with flush toilets and sinks with cold water.

Basic Safety Guidelines:

  • 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 onto high tideland where sand is soft or onto very wet sand areas.

Debris Data Program
Debris data programThe 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.

More Information:
For more information about volunteering at this location, please contact our beach coordinator at: shelly (at) ourbeach.org.

Beach Location & Directions:
Located at the west end of Bay Avenue, in Ocean Park, WA.

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Discovery Trail map

You've probably heard that Lewis and Clark were in the Long Beach area during their epic journey of 1805. But have you actually been to the area and walked along the Discovery Trail? If not, you're in for a real treat.

Download the Discovery Trail Map and find your way to the spectacular scenery and dramatic history of the Cape Disappoinment area. The wide, flat beaches of most of the Long Beach peninsula give no clue as to the towering, rocky bluffs at its southern tip. You'll find a surprisingly lush forest and not just one, but TWO lighthouses!

Be sure to visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, too. Fascinating historical displays and commanding, cliff-top views of the Pacific will make it one of the most memorable places you've ever visited.


Long Beach Local Map

Wondering how to get to your lodging and all the local attractions?

Download this handy local map or visit the Long Beach Peninsula Visitor's Bureau for more info and assistance.

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Peninsula Senior Center

Enjoy hot soup and community sprit after the cleanup. 11:30 to 1:30 at the Peninsula Senior Center in Ocean Park. Please thank our sponsors for their support:


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Help us pay for heavy-duty garbage bags, disposal fees, signage, and other event supplies. Donate now through Discover Your Northwest.

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Long Beach Local Map

In Long Beach, shorebirds like this semipalmated plover are especially vulnerable to marine debris. Constantly running up and down the beach in search of insects to snack on, shorebirds can mistake bits of decomposed plastic for food and fill their bellies with it. They can even regurgitate it to their young. Tragically, these plastic bits are typically covered in toxins and often indegistible, which can cause the birds to die of either poisoning or starvation. It's really awful!

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