Countywide Community Cleanups

I Love A Clean San Diego is the go-to resource for beach and inland cleanups across San Diego County. Our volunteers pick up an average of 1 million pounds of trash and debris every two years! These cleanups are a great way to take action in your community, as well as get community service hours while helping your local environment.

Upcoming Events:


12th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup
Saturday, April 26 from 9AM – 12PM
90+ sites throughout San Diego County!

ILACSD's signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup, represents one of the largest environmental events of the year. Since the inception of this event in 2003, 44,528 volunteers have participated in this effort - resulting in the removal of 1.65 million pounds of debris from San Diego County locations. The mission of the event is to engage the community in removing debris from San Diego's beaches, canyons, waterways, and parks. This cleanup strives to reach a diversified cross-section of San Diego County, with half coastal and half inland locations, emphasizing the fact that almost 80% of coastal debris originates inland!

Registration opens April 1, 2014.

ILACSD is looking for site captains to host each of the 100 coastal and inland cleanup sites involved.  If you know of a beach, bay, canyon, or neighborhood in need of volunteers, contact ILACSD at to include it into this year's event!  ILACSD offers training, supplies, promotional materials, and volunteer support to our site captains to make their cleanup sites successful.

If your company or business is community minded, environmentally conscious, and would like to let the community know of your generosity, become a 2014 Creek to Bay sponsor!  ILACSD is seeking out sponsors at a variety of giving levels, making it easy to get involved no matter the size of your business.  More details about levels of giving and associated benefits are available in the 2014 sponsorship packet.  Contact Morgan Justice-Black at 619-704-2772 or to discuss partnership opportunities for this great event.


Promotional image of San Diego River Days. Courtesy image of San Diego River Park.

San Diego River Days
Saturday, May 10 from 9AM-12PM
Qualcomm Stadium

Join I Love A Clean San Diego and the San Diego River Park Foundation in restoring and protecting one of our most precious waterways, the San Diego River, at the San Diego River Days Cleanup event on May 10. Volunteers will remove litter and debris from the edge of the San Diego riverbed and surrounding property around Qualcomm Stadium. All ages are welcome! To sign up, contact Lexi Ambrogi at or (619)-704-2778. You can find a map here and waiver here (please print and bring with you if possible).

Rubios Coast Fest
Saturday, May 10: Beach cleanup from 10AM-11AM, party from 10:30AM-2PM
Oceanside Pier Amphitheater, 200 N the Strand, Oceanside 92054

After an incredibly successful 2013 celebration that launched Rubio's ‘To the Ocean’ campaign and saw a record turnout, this year’s CoastFest is even bigger and better. With more than 1,600 attendees expected to join the festivities at the Oceanside Pier on May 10, the celebration will kick off at 10 a.m. with community members going the extra nautical mile at a beach cleanup hosted by I Love a Clean San Diego. Last year’s efforts resulted in more than 350 pounds of trash being removed from the coastline. This year, beach cleanup participants should bring a bucket, gloves, sun protection and a reusable water bottle.

Following the beach cleanup, the party begins and includes CoastFest activities, complimentary Rubio's food and drinks, a music festival, VIP beer garden, Kids' Zone educational elements, and even free surf lessons!

Sign up at You can find a waiver here (please print and bring with you if possible).


Kids Ocean Day 2012

21st Annual Kids' Ocean Day
Thursday, June 5 from 8am-12pm
Crown Point Shores, Mission Bay

Each Spring, ILACSD partners with the California Coastal Commission to coordinate San Diego County’s Kids' Ocean Day event. This program provides interactive presentations about pollution prevention and marine ecosystems to thousands of local students. Students are then invited to participate in a field trip to the beach to take part in a cleanup event and an aerial art formation in the sand. The aerial art image helps the students send a larger message to the San Diego community that clean oceans are a vital part our livelihood and we need to do our part to protect them. 
The program teaches students the dangers of pollution in our marine ecosystems and the important role they play in helping keep our beaches clean.
This video from a past ILACSD Kids' Ocean Day shows the process of creating a human aerial art piece!

We’re recruiting adult volunteers to help us organize students at the cleanup, and they then get to be part of the aerial art formation! To sign up as an adult volunteer, please contact Lexi Ambrogi at or (619)-704-2778.


Looking for ongoing volunteer projects?

If you would like to get started volunteering right away, check out volunteer programs like Adopt-A-Beach at, or check out our Storm Drain Stenciling program.