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Join a cohort of dedicated conservationists, citizen scientists and volunteers as we work to protect water, wildlife and wild places. From litter sweeps to workshops on scientific and social topics, there are ways for everyone to get involved in your community and beyond.

Upcoming Events

2023 Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup

Saturday, February 4, 9 a.m.–noon | 2967 Steed Creek Road, Huger
Join PalmettoPride, the U.S. National Forest Service, Keep Berkeley Beautiful and over 300 volunteers for the 16th annual cleanup of one of the state’s most popular outdoor recreational areas. Bring a reusable water bottle, wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Volunteers are asked to register online before the event and then meet at the U.S. Forest Service Office in Huger on the morning of the cleanup to pick up supplies and location assignments. For the fifth year in a row, the South Carolina Aquarium will be on hand to help with data collection in certain areas of the forest. When registering, be sure to mark the checkbox for collecting data to support this important aspect of the sweep.
Learn more and register HERE.

IOP Monthly Beach sweep

Monday, February 13, 4:30–5:30 p.m. | Isle of Palms
Join IOP Cleanup Crew and South Carolina Aquarium at the public beach walkover at 1100 block on Ocean Blvd for an afternoon beach sweep. All supplies and instructions will be provided for volunteers to participate in a 30-minute beach sweep with litter data collection. No advance registration is required.

Kiawah Island Sweep

Saturday, February 18, 9–11 a.m. | 876 Kiawah Island Parkway, Kiawah Island
Join the South Carolina Aquarium and Kiawah Conservancy at Mingo Point for our monthly litter sweep! This is a great opportunity to enjoy this beautiful community and help keep litter and plastic pollution from entering our waterways.
Sign up for Kiawah Island Sweep reminders HERE.

Conestee Cleanup in Greenville

Saturday, February 18, 9 a.m.–noon | 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville
Join the Conestee Nature Preserve, Keep Greenville County Beautiful and South Carolina Aquarium for a nature trail litter sweep! This is a great opportunity to enjoy this beautiful Preserve and help remove litter and plastic pollution from the watershed. All supplies and instructions will be provided to conduct a litter sweep with data collection.
Learn more and register HERE.

Cherry Point Boat Landing Sweep

Sunday, February 19, 2–3:30 p.m. | Boat Landing Alley, Wadmalaw Island
Join Keep Wadmalaw Beautiful and South Carolina Aquarium for a litter sweep at Cherry Point Landing, located at the end of Boat Landing Alley (off Cherry Point Road). It’s a great family event in a beautiful location! Bring a reusable water bottle, dress for the weather and wear mud boots if you want to get into the marsh. We’ll remove litter and plastic pollution from the marsh, road and parking areas. All supplies and instructions will be provided to conduct a litter sweep with data collection.
Learn more and register HERE.

Conservation in Action

  1. “Discover Your Watershed” Event in Spartanburg
  2. Litter Sweep with Friends of Gadsden Creek 
  3. Hampton Park Terrace Community Litter Sweep
  4. Saltmarsh Restoration Monitoring in the Maryville community
  5. Litter Sweep with MUSC Students
  6. Sweeps Across South Carolina: Pickens County Litter Sweep
  7. Saltmarsh Planting in the Maryville Community
  8. Pack’s Landing Litter Sweep in Sumter
A woman crouching above a large piece of trash logs debris data into the Litter-Free Digital Journal during a litter sweep with the South Carolina Aquarium

Your Data Matters!

Want to be a true citizen scientist? Litter data is critical in identifying the most problematic debris and can be a powerful tool in helping to develop solutions for reducing trash. We encourage litter sweep participants to log the items they pick up from land and water. Help be part of the solution by using the Litter-Free Digital Journal, a project in the South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app, when you sweep in your community.

The South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app is available in the App Store and on Google Play.

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