Join the 2013 community-wide effort to clean up one of our most precious resources – the St. Johns River. On March 16 from 8am to noon, a variety of organizations will unite to support the 18th Annual St. Johns River Cleanup and Celebration. At noon volunteers are invited to the Riverside Arts Market for a two hour celebration. This year’s event is attracting a record number of sponsors, supporting organizations and volunteers.
Click on any organization below to learn where/when they’ll meet and how you can participate. There are dozens of meetup locations throughout NE Florida, Jacksonville, Duval, St. Johns, Volusia and Clay Counties. You can help crews clean up our shorelines on foot – or by boat, kayak or canoe. Please bring your own water, dress appropriately, come ready to make new friends and have some fun!! Help us create a more beautiful, sustainable Jacksonville and NE Florida!
Contact Shannon Blakinship at Riverkeeper for more information and meetup locations near you. 904-256-7613. Shannon@StJohnsRiverkeeper.org.
2013 Sponsors & Participating Organizations:
Click the links below to find out when and where each organization meets March 16. There are dozens of locations throughout NE Florida – lots of options near you!
St. Johns Riverkeeper volunteers are meeting in a variety of locations throughout Jacksonville, Clay County and Volusia County. Kayak rentals are available for $10 from All Wet Sports (see below) with all proceeds going to Riverkeeper. RAP is also partnering with Riverkeeper for cleanups throughout Riverside. (see below for details).
Sierra Club Northeast Florida is meeting 9am at Palmetto Leaves Regional Park. Bring your own kayak or canoe. Those without a boat can help with shore clean up.
Keep Jacksonville Beautiful and JaxParks will provide Site Captains at various locations around the city from 8am to 11am to register and coordinate volunteers collecting litter and debris. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Volunteers will also receive tickets that can be redeemed for refreshments and t-shirts during the celebration from noon to 2pm at Riverside Arts Market – while supplies last. Students receive community service hour certificates. No advance registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Keep Clay Beautiful meets from 8am to noon with lunch immediately following at Camp Chowenwaw. In the past 17 years more than 9000 volunteers have removed close to 300 thousand pounds of trash from Clay County waterways and roadways. This year’s teams will meet at Knight’s Boat Ramp and Lakeshore Boat Ramp.
All Wet Sports is meeting at their 8550 Beach Blvd location, 8am – 11am. Their goal is to pull everything man-made out of Pottsburg Creek. Competition ends with an awards ceremony. In years past, they collected a porto-let, basketball post, water heater, car tires and much more. 100% of the $10 kayak rentals go to the St. Johns Riverkeeper.
Riverside Avondale Preservation is partnering with Riverkeepers to host Riverside Cleanup from 9 to noon. It’s important for residents to know that what goes on our streets, flows directly into the St. Johns. Site captains will be located at each major Riverside part, as well as each merchant center: 5 Points, Avondale, Stockton Street and King Street. You can pick up trash bags and gloves at these check-in sites: Bold Bean Coffee, Derby on Park Street, Kickbacks Gastropub and Open Road Bicycles.