The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is a national direct action conservation parternship of Ocean Wise and WWF-Canada that empowers Canadians to take action for healthy waterways by leading or joining shoreline cleanups.
This is a place for students and educators to learn about the sources and impacts of shoreline litter, find teaching resources, browse photos, and get more information about coordinating your own shoreline cleanup! Here's what we have to offer:
If you are a teacher looking for resources for your classroom, check out our lesson guides, available for grades K-7. These guides provide indoor and outdoor activities that help students develop their understanding of water stewardship, the sources and impacts of shoreline litter, and information on how to lead their own shoreline cleanup. In addition, have students explore the program and some of our citizen science litter data on their own through the Assignments (with short quizzes that follow), or the interactive web app!
This is a place for teachers and students to browse fun photos and videos related to shoreline cleanups. Look through photos of some of the weirdest items found on shorelines, or print off posters about the impacts of shoreline litter for your classroom. Classes are also encouraged to share their own photos using the upload feature in the Volunteers in Action gallery!
Cleanups can take place any time of the year, anywhere land connects to water, including rivers, lakes, streams, and beaches. All of the resources you need to lead your own shoreline cleanup including a site coordinator guide and checklist, posters, waivers, and litter data cards are found in the Site Coordinator Resources folder. Once you're ready, you can register your cleanup on our website!
Since 1994, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup volunteers have led more than 21,000 cleanups, inspiring nearly 800,000 Canadians to take action! Learn more about the impact of this program through our annual reports.
You can follow the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup’s Facebook page, or check out our live updates on Twitter or Instagram. Share your shoreline cleanup news, thoughts, or photos with us using #shorelinecleanup!