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We’re excited you’re interested in becoming part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Adopt-a-Beach™ program — it's a fun and easy way to help keep the Great Lakes healthy!
Adopt-a-Beach™ OverviewSchools, families, businesses and community groups adopt beaches and shoreline areas in their local community to conduct litter removal and monitoring. Adopters work with the Alliance to locate a beach to adopt, log the information they gather into our online system and use it for pollution prevention, educational purposes and to make real-world improvements for our beaches and shorelines.
As an adopter, we encourage your commitment to at least one beach visit a year, but we prefer teams that can commit to multiple visits. Once you’re done with the beach visit, report your findings to the Alliance using our online data entry system and return any sign-in sheets/waiver-liability sheets to us by mail to the Chicago office — or you can scan and email to your state coordinator.
Become an Adopt-a-Beach™ Team Leader To become a team leader you must create an account in the new online system and schedule an event. Learn how >
TrainingWe strongly encourage all new adopters to receive training. To accommodate adopters throughout the region, we have developed a monthly web-based training schedule. We periodically offer in-person trainings. For details and to RSVP to an upcoming training, visit greatlakes.org/adoptabeachtrainings >
Visit DatesPlease give us at least two weeks' notice of your date so we have adequate time to mail you a water testing kit. Informing us of your visit dates and sticking to them is critical as the water kits expire after a certain amount of time.
Online ResourcesWe provide you with resources to make this an easy and fun way for you to give back to the Great Lakes. Below are some online resources for you to review. You will find it helpful to watch the short video and peruse the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Adopt-a-Beach™ VideoView a short video highlighting volunteers in action as they carry out litter removal and tracking activities. Adopt-a-Beach™ litter video >
Adopt-a-Beach™ Forms Includes the Adopt-a-Beach™ Litter Monitoring Form and a checklist that provide step-by-step instructions on what to do before, after and during your event — including what to bring to your event to make it a success.
Adopt-a-Beach™ Frequently Asked QuestionsAnswers to questions by new adopters and reminders for veteran adopters.www.greatlakes.org/Document.Doc?id=817
Promote Your CleanupWant to use a press release, emails or social media to promote your cleanup? We’ve created easy templates you can use. More information >
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