Earth Day Events 2019

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate our creeks, waterways and the Bay by volunteering or attending one of many Earth Day events in the county. Here’s a partial list. Note that events start as early as April 6 and run through April 27.

Alameda

Crown Beach CleanupFremont cleanup volunteers
Saturday, April 20, 8:30AM – 10:00 AM
Crab Cove Visitor Center, 252 McKay Ave, Alameda
Coordinated by East Bay Regional Park District
Registration required – click here for details.

Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 20, 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Washington Park, 740 Central Ave, Alameda
Bring the whole family to this City Festival to learn about simple lifestyle changes to help the environment.
Click here for details.

Albany

Albany Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup
Saturday, April 20, 9:00AM – 12:00 PM
Albany Beach, 1 Buchanan St, Albany
Help clean up the beach and learn about local efforts to protect our SF Bay watershed and wildlife.
Registration requested – click here.
Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Berkeley

Berkeley Bay Festival
Saturday, April 6, 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Shorebird Park , 160 University Ave, Berkeley
Enjoy hands-on educational activities and learn about organizations helping to protect the Bay and its wildlife. Plus live music, games, food vendors and more. All ages are welcome.
Click here
for more information.
Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 981-6720.

Castro Valley/Unincorporated Areas

Castro Valley Creek & Trail Cleanup
Saturday, April 13, 9:00AM-12:00PM
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley
Join Castro Valley Sanitary District and Friends of San Lorenzo Creek to clean up litter and care for wildlife habitat along Castro Valley Creek trail. Meet next to KFC on Castro Valley Blvd. Park at the adjacent CVS lot.  
Registration requested at www.cvsan.org/ED - select “Site A”
Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 925-453-3862.

Cull Canyon Cleanup & Beautification
Saturday, April 13, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area, 18627 Cull Canyon Road
Join Castro Valley Sanitary District and the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) to clean up litter at Cull Canyon. Wear work clothes. Meet at parking lot.
Registration requested at www.cvsan.org/ED - select “Site B”
Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Several additional cleanup sites
Saturday, April 13, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Visit www.cvsan.org/ED for additional cleanup locations throughout Castro Valley.

Dublin

Dublin Pride Week - Volunteer Day
Saturday, April 27, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emerald Glen Park Basketball Courts, Gleason Dr., Dublin
Volunteers are needed to help with school and park beautification projects and creek cleanup efforts.
Registration required - click here for details.
More information is at http://dublin.ca.gov/210/Dublin-Pride-Week

Emeryville

Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup
Sunday, April 21, 9:00AM-11:30AM
Meet at Chevy's restaurant parking lot. adjacnt to Shorebird Park in Emeryville.
If you have, please bring a reusable water bottle and coffee mug, collection bags and/or buckets, work gloves or rubber gloves, garden claws. Wear layers, sunscreen, sturdy shoes and a hat.
No registration required.
Click here for more information.
Questions? Contact Marcy Greenhut at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 510-596-3795.

El Cerrito (just north of Alameda County)

Invasive Plants Removal
Saturday, April 13, 9:30AM-12:00PM
El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area
1190 King Court, west end of King Ct, El Cerrito
Organized by Friends of 5 Creeks. Remove invasive, fire-prone French broom, helping the community and wildlife. Snacks, tools, and gloves provided. Bring re-usable water bottle. Wear long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Not recommended for very young children due to possibility of poison oak. No registration required.
Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fremont

“Let’s Go Green Together” Earth Day Fair
Saturday, April 20, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium at 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont
Join Washington Hospital, the City of Fremont, the City of Union City and several Tri-City organizations for eco-friendly lifestyle exhibits, kids activities, safe disposal of medications and sharps, and join the Fremont Green Challenge!
Click here for more information.
Questions? Geno Uliana, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hayward

36th Annual Citywide Cleanup & Community Fair
Saturday, April 27, 8:30AM-1:00PM
Weekes Park, 27182 Patrick Ave, Hayward
Help Hayward Celebrate Earth Day 2019 and join other volunteers to collect litter and abandoned debris in various neighborhoods throughout the City.
Click here for details and to register (requested).
Questions? Call (510) 583-4727 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Livermore

Spring Creek Cleanup at the Stanley Reach (Part 1)
Saturday, April 6, 9:00AM-11:30AM
The Stanley Reach, meet at Cottonwood Court and Summertree Drive
Organized by Living Arroyos. Help remove litter and debris washed into the creek by spring rains.
Click here to register (requested).
Questions? Joseph Steelman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 925-474-7445

Spring Creek Cleanup at the Stanley Reach (Part 2)
Saturday, April 20, 9:00AM-11:30AM
The Stanley Reach, meet at 10 Rockrose Street
Organized by Living Arroyos. Cleanup followed by a volunteer appreciation party with a catered lunch, an award ceremony and gift (t-shirt).
Click here to register (requested).
Questions? Joseph Steelman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 925-474-7445

Oakland

Oakland Earth Day - Citywide Litter Cleanups
Saturday, April 20, times vary (most are 9:00AM- 12:00PM)
Locations throughout Oakland (view map)
Join your neighbors to clean and green Oakland at Oakland's 25th Annual Earth Day! Groups and individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to join cleanup
and restoration projects at creeks, parks, and neighborhood sites throughout Oakland. All tools are provided.
Registration is not necessary for individual volunteers, but recommended for large groups.
More information at www.oaklandearthday.org
Questions? Contact Brazile Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Piedmont

Arbor Day Celebration
Thursday, April 11,  5:00PM- 7:00PM
Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave, Piedmont
Join the Park Commission in celebrating Arbor Day and Earth Day with a presentation by Piedmont Fire Chief Bret Black on trees and firescapes, and honor the nominated Heritage Tree winners. Refreshments provided.
Questions? Contact Nancy Kent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 510-420-3064.

San Leandro

San Leandro Creek Restoration (2 dates)
Saturday, April 20, 10:00AM-3:00PM &
Saturday, April 27, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Chabot Park, Sylvian Circle, San Leandro. Meet below the playground.
Join the Friends of San Leandro Creek (FSLC) to remove invasive plants like ivy and blackberry from the creekside and sheetmulch to keep those non-native plants from coming back.
Volunteers can work one or both days.
Click here for details and to register.
Questions? Susan Levenson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 510-577-6069

San Lorenzo

Earth Day Cleanup and Festival
Saturday, April 20
377 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo
8:30-10:30AM Town Clean-Up (Registration starts at 8:00am)
10:30AM-1:00PM Festival with BBQ, bike repairs for kids, crafts, skateboard tune-up and lessons, medication take-back, Earth Day booths and more!
For more information and to register call 510-276-4554 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunol

Wildflower Festival
Sunday, April 14, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Sunol Regional Wilderness, 1895 Geary Rd, Sunol
Hike in the blooming hills, relax by the creek and visit the Clean Water Program booth among many others
Click here for more information.
Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Union City

“Let’s Go Green Together” Earth Day Fair
Saturday, April 20, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium at 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont
Join Washington Hospital, the City of Fremont, the City of Union City and several Tri-City organizations for eco-friendly lifestyle exhibits, kids activities, safe disposal of medications and sharps, and join the Fremont Green Challenge!
Click here for more information.
Questions? Geno Uliana, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

September is Coastal Cleanup Month. Join in!

Coastal Cleanup Day 2021 Poppy Poster

This year, Coastal Cleanup Day is September 18th, 2021, and several Alameda County cities are bringing back in-person cleanup events! In addition, you can also organize your own cleanup any time in September.

No matter where litter happens, it flows downstream to the coast and becomes ocean pollution. If everyone cleaned up a small area near where they live, it would make a big difference. When you protect your own favorite “happy place” you get a prettier place to live AND protect ocean wildlife too! 

Last year during Coastal Cleanup Month (September 2020), over 10,000 Californians participated in more than 3,000 self-guided cleanups across the state, gathering close to 70,000 pounds of trash from neighborhoods, local parks, creeks, or other natural spaces to which they had safe and easy access.

How to Participate

Coastal Cleanup Poster in Spanish

Join a Group Event

Check our list below and sign up for an event near you. You can also find a map with events all over California on the California Coastal Commission Cleanup Day site. Check back for more details soon!

Is your city not listed, or you can’t make the date? Do your own, self-guided cleanup! The litter you pick up will count toward your city’s official cleanup score if you track it with the CleanSwell app. See below for detailed instructions!

Alameda

Come out for the EBRPD Crown Beach State Park Cleanup event at Park Street and Bathhouse on Saturday, September 18, 9am-4pm. Learn more and pre-register here.

Albany

Join the City of Albany and The Watershed Project for a cleanup and educational event at Memorial Park and Ocean View Park on Saturday, September 25, 9 am-12 noon.  Space is limited to 25 participants at each site. Pre-registration required. 

Register for the Memorial Park location

Register for the Ocean View Park location

Berkeley

Come out on Saturday, September 18 to Shorebird Park at 160 Univserity Ave from 9am to noon. Learn more and pre-register here.

Castro Valley and Unincorporated Areas

Learn more and sign up for the Castro Valley Creek Trail Cleanup Day from 9am to noon on Saturday, September 18.

Dublin

Join Creek Cleanup Day events along Alamo Canal, South San Ramon Creek, and Alamo Creek Trail on Saturday, September 18, from 9am to noon. Visit the Creek Cleanup Day site for more details and to pre-register.

Emeryville

Come out for the Nora Davis Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 18. Check back for more details and a registration page soon.

Fremont

Join Coastal Cleanup Day events in Central Park and other locations on Saturday, September 18, from 9am to noon. Check back for more details and a registration page soon.

Hayward

Come out for the EBRPD Hayward Regional Shoreline Cleanup event at 3050 W. Winton Ave. on Saturday, September 18, 9am-4pm. Learn more and pre-register here.

Livermore

Join the EBRPD Del Valle Lake Cleanup event at 7000 Del Valle Road on Saturday, September 18, 9am-4pm. Learn more and pre-register here.

Oakland

Pledge to clean and green Oakland on any Saturday in September during Creek to Bay Month. Check back soon for details on events at Estuary Park/Jack London Aquatic Center, Sausal Creek, Arroyo Viejo Park and more!

You can also join the EBRPD MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline Cleanup events at Arrowhead Marsh, Tidewater Boating Center and Shoreline Center on Saturday, September 18, 9am-4pm. Learn more and pre-register here.

iHeart Oakland Estuary is also hosting an event on Saturday, September 18, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. They will have cleanup teams working “On the Water” via kayak, boat, and stand-up paddle board and "On the Land" via foot. Meet at Jack London Aquatic Center. Registration required. 

San Leandro

Join Friends of San Leandro Creek for a clean up on Saturday, October 9, 10:00 am-12:00 pm at Root Park in downtown San Leandro. For questions and to sign up, email Susan Levenson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just show up!

Do Your Own Self-Guided Cleanup

Choose a day (or several!) in September and go out by yourself, with your family or a small group of friends and protect your happy place by picking up litter! Local parks, shores, creeks, streets, sidewalks, drainage areas, natural areas, and trails are all good choices. The Coastal Commission offers the free, CleanSwell app to track the litter you pick up and report your efforts. That way your work will be counted in statewide results!

Step 1

clean swell app imageDownload the Coastal Commission's CleanSwell app to record what you pick up to be included in the state-wide count. Sign up for the Alameda County individual neighborhood clean up effort every Saturday in September (or anytime!) so we can count you.


Step 2

Coastal cleanup stuff to bringGather the things you'll need: bucket or bag, gloves, mask, trash bags, tongs to pick up things you don't want to touch (optional), water and snack, sunscreen, smart phone (if using the CleanSwell app).


Step 3

litter pickup CCD2020Read these how-to tips from the Coastal Commission, then go out and start collecting litter close to home - on your street, your local park, favorite trail or any other place that matters to you. Have fun!


After Your Cleanup

Cleanup share on social

Share your cleanup photos! Tag @cleanwaterprog on Instagram, @cleanwaterprogram on Facebook or @cleanwaterprog on Twitter and use hashtags #CoastalCleanup #ProtectYou

 

Volunteer in Your Community

Litter Cleanups, Restoration and More!kids cleaning up litter


Access to beautiful creeks, wetlands and the Bay make living in Alameda County special. Enjoy these treasured assets and become part of protecting them! Volunteering for cleanups, restoration and other activities is a great way to experience first-hand how we all are connected to, and impact, the water around us.

Learn more about activities and volunteer opportunities with an organization near you! Know of a group that should be added? Please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Alameda

I Heart Alameda Oakland Estuary

Albany, Berkeley and Emeryville

City of Albany Green Corps

Friends of Five Creeks

Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and Unincorporated Areas

Alameda County Resource Conservation District

Friends of San Lorenzo Creek

Fremont

Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon – service calendar

Hayward

Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force

Newark

City of Newark Volunteer Corps

Oakland

City of Oakland's Adopt a Spot Program & Adopt a Drain Program

Friends of Sausal Creek

Friends of Peralta Creek and Park

Garber Park Stewards

I Heart Alameda Oakland Estuary

San Leandro

City of San Leandro Adopt a Drain Program

Friends of San Leandro Creek

Tri-Valley (Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore)

Living Arroyos

Tri-Valley Conservancy

Southern & Eastern Alameda County

Alameda Creek Alliance

Alameda Countywide & beyond

Volunteer with the East Bay Regional Park District

Latino Outdoors San Francisco Bay Area

 

 

Get Involved

Your participation makes a difference!

To protect the water, Clean Water Program needs your everyday assistance with litter prevention and less toxic home, garden and auto care. But to make an even bigger impact, you can join one of the hands-on events organized by your local community, our member agency. Here you can volunteer with other community members to clean up creeks, restore habitats and more! Together, we can make Alameda County the healthiest, most beautiful place to be.

photo 4 modEvents are centered around Earth Day in the spring, and Coastal Cleanup Day in the fall.

Click here for the latest volunteer opportunities.

 

Enjoy the Water!

"Get Outdoors and Enjoy the Water!" Webinar

The Clean Water Program in collaboration with four community-based organizations hosted a public webinar on ways residents can connect with "waterful" places in Alameda County to hike, camp, fish, kayak and more! View the recording below.

Our Waterful World

 Recharge your batteries with the calming beauty of our local waterscapes, and take a moment to appreciate what we all work so hard to protect. "Our Waterful World" highlights our waterful world 200the Clean Water Program's favorite spots for enjoying creeks, wetlands, lakes and the Bay, only minutes from home. There’s something for everyone—from active hikes to easy strolls, to scenic spots for picnics, and places for biking, boating and fishing.

Click on the thumbnail at left to view or download our 4-page guide, or browse the map below to explore even more destinations than featured in the guide. Click on a location pin to learn more. Tip: If you lose your spot, simply refresh the page in your browser to re-center the map on Alameda County!

 

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