Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I volunteer?
Clean the Bay Day is a fun, hands-on way to be part of the solution for a clean Bay and clean rivers and streams.

Who should volunteer?
Everyone! Clean the Bay Day is full of real people, making a visible difference in the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a great way for families, communities, and boaters to get involved.

Can children under 18 years old participate?
Volunteers under 18 years of age are required to have a parental permission form signed by a parent/guardian if a parent/guardian is not volunteering with their child on Clean the Bay Day. The signed form must be given to the adult designated to supervise the child for the day. The designated adult must turn the form over to the site Zone Captain on the day of the event.

Download the Parental Permission Form

What should I wear?
Hard sole, closed-toe shoes and clothes appropriate to weather conditions and site conditions. Long pants and long sleeved-shirts are recommended for rough terrain, brambles, etc.

What should I bring?
Work gloves, a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and allergy medication (if you have allergies to bee stings, etc). Clean the Bay Day is a rain or shine event. Dress appropriately for the weather. And don't forget to bring your friends!

How do I sign up?
When posted, check the Locations & Registration page to find a city, county or park where you would like to volunteer and complete the online form. The local coordinator will get back to you with details including a specific cleanup assignment as the Clean the Bay Day approaches.

I registered but haven't received information, what do I do?
You can:

  • Check your registration email and get in touch with the contact person; or
  • If you are unable to reach your contact, send an email to CBF's Clean the Bay Day staff at or call our Hampton Roads office at 757-622-1964.

Why should I care about litter?

  • Litter spoils the areas where we live and the open spaces we recreate in.
  • Car batteries, tires, creosote pilings, etc., contaminate drinking water.
  • Wildlife often mistake litter for food or prey.
  • Litter is often an indicator of more major pollution issues.
  • Studies have shown clear links between litter and crime rates. When an area is poorly maintained, criminal behavior often follows. On the flipside, litter-free environments are typically safer and people tend to litter less in clean areas.
  • Litter takes several decades to biodegrade.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?
Clean the Bay Day is a rain or shine event. If severe weather conditions are anticipated you will be notified by email of any changes as soon as possible.

What materials are provided for clean-up?
Materials that may be provided on site include: bags, gloves, pencils, clipboards, and data cards.

Can I do a clean-up on my own instead of going to a site?
Clean the Bay Day is a coordinated state-wide event and we ask that all participants register through our registration page so we may count all the good work done that day.

The Bay Needs You

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Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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