2020 Virtual Earth Day Festivities

April 20, 2020

Virtual Earth Day Cleanup

We’re going virtual to celebrate the 50th Annivesary of #EarthDay this year! While we physically cannot be together during this time and our State, National Park, and tribal beaches are currently closed, we can still do our part to keep our favorite places clean.

This work is only possible from the dedication of our alliance of partners and volunteers. We still have a lot of work to do, and trash continues to accumulate while we shelter in place. When it’s safe for everyone to do so, we will need all hands on deck to deal with the extra build-up of debris.

We are incredibly grateful for your time, and we hope you will consider joining us as a donor to support the efforts of your fellow volunteers and our year-round program. Every dollar matters as we plan for the work that will need to take place in the (hopefully) not-so-distant future. You can make a donation here.

Thank you CoastSavers!



Please join us and NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary​ for some free quick (5-10 minute) home craft projects to rethink disposable items and to prevent marine debris at the source.

Make an Animal Plant Holder with Gabby

Recommended supplies to reuse:
Plastic cup or bottle (soft drink, milk jug , or similar), scissors, felt-tip marker, paint, paint brush, rag for cleanup.

Make a Backyard Bird Journal and Bird Feeder with Mel

Recommended supplies to reuse:
For Journal – paper grocery bag, scissors, hole punch (or needle to make a hole), and string or shoelace.

For bird feeder – Egg crate, bird seed, scissors, string or shoelace.


Earth Day Photo Contest:

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, our partners decided to host a photo contest and a virtual cleanup on our original April 25th Washington Coast Cleanup date.

Here are the four categories for the CoastSavers Photo Contest:
1. Weirdest debris find
2. Best group photo
3. Favorite beach
4. Neighborhood cleanup

To enter for a chance to win reusable swag, simply DM us on social media or email your photos to coordinator@coastsavers.org. Feel free to also tag your photos with #CoastSaversPhotoContest on Instagram, FB, and Twitter. Since the beaches we regularly clean are closed, we are requesting for photos from past cleanups for the first three contest categories. Take a trip down memory lane and dig up those old pictures from any cleanups you’ve participated with us in. Please include a date and location for each photo you submit.

For the neighborhood cleanup category, we are asking participants to please only go on a litter walk if you’re feeling healthy, wear gloves, and that you follow all social distancing rules in compliance with COVID-19 recommendations. After you’re done, throw away your debris in a trash or recycling bin and send us your photos. Please only clean neighborhood parks that are nearby you and open at this time.

Beginning on Earth Day, April 22nd, contest winners for each category will be announced on our social media channels and website at CoastSavers.org leading up to our virtual Washington Coast Cleanup on Saturday, April 25th.

On behalf of all our federal, state, nonprofit, and community partners, we want to THANK YOU for your dedication to keeping our beautiful PNW coastlines clean! We cannot wait to see what you submit!

CoastSavers team

Photo Contest Winners

  1. Weirdest debris find: Kelsie Donleycott’s Chinese glass fishing float found at Sand Point, Olympic National Park during the 2014 Washington Coast Cleanup (WCC) won this category.
  2. Best group photo: Isaac Bozeman’s group photo at Keystone Spit from January 2020 won this category.
  3. Favorite beach photo: Lourdes Collins’ 2016 photo at Westport won this category. Her cheerful picture captures Lourdes taking a short break from cleaning; her grandsons laugh as she gets wet from a wave.
  4. Neighborhood cleanup: Traci Madden of Federal Way won this category for her April 2020 photos. Traci wrote this caption for this series of photos: “I’m so grateful we have this stretch of beach as a backyard. In the last few weeks, while we haven’t been able to go anywhere else, we’ve been walking down every day to play/explore/tidy up. It’s so nice to have little cleaning helpers who can scramble over logs and reach into tight spaces.”
    Thank you to all the incredible volunteers who participated in our photo contest and neighborhood cleanup! Our steering committee had a blast seeing your pictures, and it certainly raised our spirits during these uncertain times. Happy Washington Coast Cleanup Day! We can’t wait to get out there again with you for the 5th of July Cleanup and International Coastal Cleanup.