Coastal Cleanups

PTMSC strives to conduct several cleanups along our local coastlines in Jefferson County each year! Many of our cleanups are in partnership with Washington CoastSavers and Ocean Conservancy, like the Washington Coastal Cleanup (WCC) and International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC).

International Coastal Cleanup
Saturday, September 17, 2022
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fort Worden State Park
Indian Island County Park

On International Coastal Cleanup Day, volunteers from around the world will work together to keep our oceans and the life in them as healthy and diverse as possible. In partnership with Washington CoastSavers, Port Townsend Marine Science Center is sponsoring 2 beach cleanups in the Port Townsend and Port Hadlock areas.   

Join us on September 17, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at either of our cleanup locations: Fort Worden State Park or Indian Island County Park. For more details on each location, visit the registration page here! We highly encourage those interested in participating to register.

Register on the WA CoastSavers website:
Register for either the Fort Worden State Park or Indian Island County Park cleanup.

Check-in Locations: 
At Fort Worden State Park - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the PTMSC Museum, underneath the red and white striped tent.

At Indian Island County Park - 9am to 1pm at Portage Beach (first beach on Indian Island after the bridge). Look for signs!

At your check-in location you will be given directions to beach locations, trash bags and gloves.

Return to your check-in location:
Weigh your accomplishments!
As our way of saying thanks, receive a free pass to the PTMSC Aquarium and Museum and a $5 Gift Card from the PT Food Coop.

More information at WA CoastSavers:

Additional support for this event was provided by the WA Department of Ecology and Olympic Disposal. We want to send a huge thank you to our sponsors for making this possible.


Check out how much marine debris we have collected from our local coastlines with the help of countless volunteers, like yourselves, over just the past few years!!

April (WCC) - 134 volunteers, 2,100 pounds of debris removed
Check back soon for our next cleanup this year...

January (MLK Day) - 110 volunteers, weight not collected
September (ICC) - 32 volunteers, 174 pounds of debris removed
October (in partnership with Puget Soundkeeper) - 32 volunteers, 554 pounds of debris removed

April (WCC) - Cancelled due to Covid-19
September (ICC) - 52 volunteers, 164 pounds of debris removed

April (WCC) - 76 volunteers, 670 pounds of debris removed
September (ICC) - 77 volunteers, 120 pounds of debris removed

April (WCC) - 130 volunteers, 652 pounds of debris removed
September (ICC) - 52 volunteers, 194 pounds of debris removed

April (WCC) - 141 volunteers, weight not collected
September (ICC) - 54 volunteers, 200 pounds of debris removed

What do we do with this data?

At each cleanup, we encourage participants to categorize and log the debris they collect through the CleanSwell app! This provides an opportunity for individuals to turn the trash they pick up into valuable data for scientists and policymakers.

Do you pick up marine debris while walking along your coastline, neighborhood, or park? Download and use the CleanSwell app to keep record of the impact you've had keeping our oceans trash free! Find more info on how to download and use it here!

Since many of our cleanups are hosted alongside organizations like Washington CoastSavers, we contribute to larger databases regarding marine pollution. We also use this data in our exhibit spaces to bring awareness to marine pollution and the scope of this problem. 

What do we do with the trash collected?

Looking forward, we hope to develop more partnerships with individuals and organizations who can help us provide second lives for the debris collected in our cleanups.