Volunteer at a beach clean-up or rescue clinics for marine mammals


Beach clean-ups and marine mammal rescue centers throughout the state rely on volunteers for support. Learn more about how you can lend a hand.

Students conducting a beach cleanup.

Boys and Girls "Torch" Club cleanup their adopted beach in Santa Barbara County.

Channel Islands Naturalist Corps volunteer aboard a whale watching vessel.

Marine Mammal Center volunteer opportunities

Volunteers help rescue marine mammals.

Divers prepare for an underwater cleanup

California Coastal Cleanup Day

California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup, is the state’s largest volunteer event.


When a group “adopts” a beach, they commit to cleaning it at least three times per year, although school groups can fulfill their obligation with a single cleanup. Groups are encouraged to re-adopt at the end of the year. The Adopt-A-Beach® program fosters feelings of pride and ownership as volunteers begin to care for “their” beach.

Channel Islands Naturalist Corps

Train to become a Channel Islands Naturalist Corps volunteer and represent the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and National Park on board Santa Barbara and Ventura-based whale watch vessels and education cruises. Training includes information taught by regional experts in the field of resource management, marine mammals, oceanography, geology, island ecology, cultural history, seabirds and more.

The Marine Mammal Center

Volunteers help rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured marine mammals, as well as educate the public about the conservation of marine mammals and their ocean environment.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

As a non-profit organization, Pacific Marine Mammal Center volunteers are the backbone of their operation. Each year their Animal Care and Education volunteers commit over 25,000 hours to the care of our patients, the maintenance of our facilities and the education of our community. They have many opportunities to get involved including: Animal Care, Education, Fundraising, and Outreach.

Underwater Cleanup Day

Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time. Get involved in underwater cleanups near you!