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Volunteer to help clean up pollution before it gets into our creeks and the ocean.  

Explore Ecology hosts beach cleanups on the second Sunday of month from 12-2pm at Arroyo Burro Beach.  Bring your own bag, bucket and gloves. 

Creek CleanupTruck Trash

Hospital Creek Cleanup


The City of Santa Barbara's Creeks Restoration and Water Quality Improvement Division holds creek cleanups and community work days at some creek restoration sites. Visit www.sbcreeks.com or call the Creeks Division at (805) 897-2658 for more information.

Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and Coal Oil Point Reserve are looking for volunteers for habitat restoration projects, trail maintenance and to lead interpretive hikes.

Through the California Coastal Commission's Adopt-A-Beach program, community groups can make a commitment to cleaning up a local beach.

The Isla Vista Recreation and Park District coordinates an Adopt-A-Block program. Join the effort to clean up the streets in Isla Vista and prevent trash from reaching the ocean.

Download a copy of the Erase the Waste Neighborhood Action Kit, a how-to guide to help you develop pollution prevention activities in your community. 

For more ideas, visit our educational programs page.

Numerous community activities are planned every year in conjunction with Earth Day in April and Creek Week and Coastal Cleanup Day in the fall. Check your local newspaper or our homepage for events during those months.


Plan a creek cleanup

Help remove trash from creeks before it makes its way to the ocean. To join a planned cleanup effort or for help in planning your own cleanup event, email or call (805) 568-3321.

Devereux Cleanup

Devereux Creek Clean Up


Read and distribute water pollution prevention information

Read Project Clean Water brochures like The Ocean Begins on Your StreetCreekside Concerns, A Dog Owner's Duty, and Gardener's Guide to Clean Water. To hear more about available materials and to obtain free copies of brochures for your group, email or call (805) 568-3321.

Attend community events
Festivals focused on environmental health are held in Santa Barbara County at various times throughout the year. The Earth Day festival is held in April, and Creek Week occurs in the fall. In September, volunteers are needed for California Coastal Cleanup Day. Check our homepage for upcoming Santa Barbara County community events.

Earth Day 2008

Earth Day