Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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Coastal Cleanup Month

It's Coastal Cleanup Month!

Make a difference from home, or at any nearby park, beach or other outdoor space!

Approximately 80% of the pollution in the ocean comes from land-based sources, which means, in part, from the streets, sidewalks and parks around your home. Help stop pollution at the source!

Join the California Coastal Commission each Saturday in September, from 9-12 noon, and beautify your neighborhoods with friends, family and neighbors (at a distance) by picking up litter.

Share your love of the ocean and your neighborhood on social media! Don't forget to tag your photos! #cleanstreetcleanocean

Coastal Cleanup Resources:


  • California Coastal Commission
  • Every Saturday in September at your local happy place!
  • Important Safety Guidelines
  • Educators, get your students involved for school!
  • Heal the Bay
  • Coastal Cleanup Month
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • International Coastal Cleanup - learn about global efforts to clean the ocean

  • Use the Clean Swell or the Marine Debris Tracker Apps to record your cleanup efforts, share with your friends, and provide data for researchers!

  • Join Chester, the Sea Turtle, as he learns about trash in the ocean in this book written and illustrated by Zoe Lin for her Girl Scout Gold Project.


  • Creative Challenge #1

    Make a Difference! Given this year's unusual circumstances, it is a great time to reflect and share the ways that each of us can make a difference. Make a 1-3 minute video showing your cleanup efforts and explaining why YOU think cleaning your neighborhood is important and/or how YOU do your part to keep our oceans clean.

    Here's the video Team CMA put together last year:

  • Creative Challenge #2

    Trash-A-Day: Show off your artistic flair and your commitment to a clean ocean! Pick up one piece of trash a day, and turn it into an Art Project! Make a photo collage, sculpture, mandala or anything your creativity brings to mind!

  • Trash Mandala
    Trash Collection
    Trash Collage

    Tag your Creative Challenge with #cleanstreetcleanocean to share your power!


    Did you know: You can help keep the ocean clean just by keeping your street clean!

    Living in the City of Los Angeles, you are living in 1 of 4 watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean; The Ballona Creek, Dominguez Channel, Los Angeles River Watershed, or Santa Monica Bay Watershed.

    Our natural waterways, in addition to our storm drain system and channelized rivers and creeks, allow storm water to quickly flow from our city streets. This can be helpful to prevent flooding but it also diverts a lot of usable water (and any pollution it picks up) quickly into the ocean.

    Trash, oil, chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides, even dog poop that is left on streets all have the potential to end up in our ocean.


    Watersheds are about where water flows.  Learn about your neighborhoods micro-watershed by taking a Watershed Walk and jotting down your findings in our Watershed Worksheet.


    Making less trash is key!


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    Coastal Cleanup Day  Arrow
    Join us for Coastal Cleanup Day! Enjoy the beach while helping the environment by picking up trash.

    Participants will meet on outer Cabrillo Beach at 9 am. Aquarium staff will provide bags and...

    Saturday, September 18, 2021 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


    Sea Otter Awareness Week  Arrow
    As part of this special week, which aims to raise the awareness about the importance of sea otters, CMA will provide visitors with the chance to get an “inside look” at this endangered species.

    Sunday, September 19, 2021 • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


    Walk Cabrillo  Arrow
    Pack a snack and join a walk guided by CMA's Education staff.

    During the coastal park walk you'll visit the native garden, salt marsh, beaches and tidepools. Explore each habitat and discover...

    Sunday, September 19, 2021 • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


    Salt Marsh Open House  Arrow
    Join CMA Educators to learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals. Visitors can view the birds of the marsh,...

    Sunday, September 19, 2021 • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


    Closed - Enjoy the Coastal Park!  Arrow
    We will be closed to the public on Saturday, September 25th as we prepare for the Grand Grunion Gala.

    Enjoy the coastal park, including a tidepool walk, the native plant garden, and inner and...

    Saturday, September 25, 2021

    Grand Grunion Gala  Arrow
    Don’t miss the best beach party in town - the Grand Grunion Gala at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium!

    We’ll kick off the evening with craft cocktails and a silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by a gourmet...

    Saturday, September 25, 2021