About this Event
About The Event
Scientists estimate that 11 million metric tons of plastic enters our ocean every year on top of the estimated 200 million metric tons that currently circulate through our marine environments. These plastics not only threaten marine life, but can also impact us. We depend on the ocean for the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. Making a difference for our ocean is easy. The International Coastal Cleanup has brought together more than 17.5 million people from 150 countries and counting to be part of the world’s largest volunteer effort to protect the ocean. Volunteers have collected nearly 360 million pounds of trash along our coastlines and waterways! Will you join us this year?
Ocean Conservancy’s 2023 DC International Coastal Cleanup event is on Saturday, September 30th from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Join us on Kingman Island along the Anacostia River (near RFK) to remove debris before it reaches the ocean. Breakfast snacks, lunch and supplies will be provided, including sun screen and bug spray. **Just make sure to wear closed-toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle!**
Don’t forget the Data! The information collected about the trash removed incredibly valuable for finding long term solutions for trash free seas. Be a part of the solution: download our Clean Swell app before the Cleanup to keep track of the trash you collect!
Register for this free event with Eventbrite. If you are able to sign the event waiver ahead of time, please scan the below QR code or follow this link to digitally sign it.
If you plan on taking the Metro, a shuttle will be available to take you from the Stadium-Armory Metro Station to Lot 6 of RFK Stadium where staff members will direct you to Kingman Island.
Metro Directions: Take the Blue, Orange or Silver Line Metro to the Stadium-Armory Station. When you exit the train, follow exit signs to Stadium Armory. Take the escalator to street level and look for event volunteers who will direct you to the shuttle. Shuttle will operate between the Stadium-Armory Metro Station and Lot 6 at RFK Stadium from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: If you exit the train and follow the signs to DC General Hospital, you will need to walk 3 blocks north on 19th St SE to get to the shuttle. Participants can check first train times at their station here: https://www.wmata.com/rider-guide/stations/index.cfm and then see what time they will arrive at Stadium-Armory by using the WMATA trip planner found here: https://www.wmata.com/
Parking: If you plan to drive to the event, free parking is available in Lot 6 of RFK Stadium. When you arrive, look for the Ocean Conservancy tent in the parking lot under the elevated Metro train track for registration. Staff members will direct you to Kingman Island. Parking will be free for any ICC volunteer. If an attendant is posted at the parking lot entrance, please tell the attendant you are part of the “Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup."
We will keep you notified of the event's status via email if inclement weather seems probable. If it rains, we'll likely proceed, unless there is a chance of thunder and/or lightening. Make sure to check your email in the days leading up to the event for updates from us.
*Banner photo by Rafeed Hussain*
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Kingman Island, 575 Oklahoma Ave NE, Washington, United States