Coastwalk California Awarded Grant

Coastwalk California was awarded a new grant from the State Coastal Conservancy. Board members voted in favor of the new grant in mid-October 2012. This grant will fund a collaborative effort to build a network of coastal cities, counties and stakeholders that own a strand of the trail. This network will share Trail information and resources, working together to complete the California Coastal Trail.

Coastal Cleanup Day: September 15, 2012

Coastwalk sponsors the Sonoma County cleanup on over 15 beaches and 8 inland sites. Register online today to pick your site! Click read more below to find out more about the cleanup.

Last year Sonoma County volunteers picked up over 6000 lbs of trash and recycling!

California Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup, and is the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.

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Click a Beach to Register!

Registration is now closed. Drop-ins are welcome on Saturday at the Salmon Creek Ranger Station, or show up to Wright’s Beach!

Bring your reusable buckets, gloves, and water bottles if you have them. And join volunteers for a free BBQ and raffle at the Bodega Dunes Day Use area.

Blind Beach FULL

Bodega Dunes FULL

Bodega Head FULL

Doran Beach FULL

Goat Rock Beach FULL

North Jenner Beach FUL

North Salmon Creek Beach FULL

Pinnacle Gulch FULL

Portuguese Beach FULL

Russian Gulch FULL

Shell Beach

South Salmon Creek Beach

Wright’s Beach

Or join an inland cleanup!

Petaluma River Cleanup:
Friends of the Petaluma River parking lot
260H N. Water St.
Register Online!

Santa Rosa Creek Cleanup:
Doyle Park entrance, south of Sonoma Ave.
Contact Alistair Bleifuss

Sonoma Ecology Center
Maxwell Farms Regional Park, Nathanson Creek Preserve, and Larson Regional Park
Contact Jim Chayka

WHY ARE BEACH CLEANUPS IMPORTANT? California’s coast and waterways have historically been collecting spots for annual accumulations of trash and debris. This debris, if not removed, can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife, can damage our state’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun!

For cleanups in other areas check out the links below.

California Coastal Cleanup Day

International Coastal Cleanup

For more info, contact Coastwalk: (800) 550-6854.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Sonoma County Water Council 

Marin’s Wild Coastwalk

September 17-22. Enjoy the wild coast and open spaces of Marin County with all its natural wonders. Don’t miss this incredible hike and your last chance to join a Coastwalk for the 2012 season! Click the Overnight Hikes tab for more information and to register!

San Elijo Lagoon Hike

San Elijo Lagoon Hike

A great hike with the San Diego Sierra Club and hike leader Sondra Morison in the San Diego Wetlands. . On Saturday, May 5,  hikers left from the La Orilla Trailhead and spent the next 7 miles hiking and learned about the diverse ecological habitats of the area, as well as the California Coastal Trail.

The San Elijo Lagoon is located between Encinitas and Solana Beach in the northern part of San Diego County over approximately 1,00o acres. The lagoon is an ecological reserve that houses an impressive ecological habitat: with over 300 species of plants, over 20 species of fish, over 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, 24 species of mammals and over 295 species of birds.

To learn more about the lagoon visit the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve webpage here.

The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy does important work to protect the area. Learn more by clicking here.

A huge thank you to Sondra Morison for putting together this hike, and to the Sierra Club for registering hikers. Sondra Morison leads hikes with the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club.

Stay tuned for more day hikes by visiting our Day Hikes page.