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:
The #ShorelineCleanup Team Challenge
To celebrate 25 years of cleanups, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is challenging you to lead or join a cleanup during one (or more!) of the Cleanup Challenge months. From youth, communities, workplaces, and school groups, we’re highlighting the amazing work of cleanup teams, like yours, throughout these monthly challenges. Sound like fun? Join in! Participate in a shoreline cleanup with others in your network across Canada and get recognition for your efforts. Once you're done your cleanup, share your efforts on social media by saving these free social media images.
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 under the Why Cleanup? tab (with short quizzes that follow), or the interactive story maps!
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 Cleanup 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.
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, print off posters about the impacts of shoreline litter for your classroom, or check out our simple tutorials for living an ocean-friendly life . Classes are also encouraged to share their own photos using the upload feature in the Volunteers in Action gallery!
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!
The Great Canadian Shoreline Team talks about a new fitness trend on Global National on April 3rd, 2018. This new trend, called "plogging", started in Sweden and combines jogging and picking up litter. When we first heard about it, we laced up and couldn't wait to try. Little did we know, we'd already been doing it!