Soundkeeper conducts multiple cleanup events every year, involving hundreds of volunteers from dozens of workplaces and organizations.
Soundkeeper volunteers clean beaches, waterways and shorelines throughout the year to remove harmful trash and debris. During on-water events volunteers paddle kayaks, canoes and small boats to find trash in hard to reach spots along the shore, transferring or towing large debris safely to shore with larger boats. Contact us if your workplace is interested in organizing a cleanup activity for a team building day of service. Please check our events calendar below for upcoming cleanups; also take a look at our volunteer page to learn about other ways you can get involved with Soundkeeper.
Upcoming Cleanup Events
Kayak Patrol on Lake Union10:00 AM
Annual Cleanup Events
Sound Sweeper Cleanups
Join a monthly cleanup and spend time loving your local beach or shoreline area. All Sound Sweeper cleanups are open to the public, occur on weekends or weeknights, and take place at rotating locations throughout Puget Sound. Have a suggestion for a location? Email Kathryn.
Seattle Summer Sweep
Join us this summer for a series of water-based cleanup events! Through three successive cleanups, over 300 volunteers will remove thousands of pounds of debris from Seattle’s urban waterbodies. You can borrow a kayak or canoe from one of our many partners, or contribute your own. All watercraft welcome! Cleanup supplies, t-shirt and picnic lunch are provided. On-land activities are also available and are great for kids.
This bi-annual event brings together local municipalities, non-profits, businesses, and the community to preserve and enhance habitat along the Duwamish River. Member organizations sponsor cleanups and habitat restoration activities at multiple sites along the waterway. Soundkeeper sponsors a kayaking cleanup at the Duwamish Waterway Park with kayaks provided by Alki Kayak Tours. For more information please visit www.duwamishalive.org.
International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)
Take a pledge to Take On The Trash! Each September, Soundkeeper participates in this global campaign. Nearly 600,000 volunteers from around the world dedicate a few hours to picking up trash from their local waterways and document every item collected. The results are sent to the Ocean Conservancy and compiled into an annual report that provides a comprehensive snapshot of the problem of marine debris. Soundkeeper hosts multiple cleanups for this event throughout the month of September. Check out Ocean Conservancy reports from previous years and contact Kathryn to organize a cleanup near you.
Everett Waterfront Cleanup
Soundkeeper partners with the Port of Everett, local boating groups and community volunteers to clean up the largest marina on the west coast and the Jetty Island natural area. Free boat shuttles out to Jetty Island provided by Everett Yacht Club. This year, the cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th.