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Group Volunteer Opportunities


Shoreline Cleanup

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is an ideal volunteer opportunity for employee and school groups looking to engage in a fun, one-day team building activity that truly makes a difference.

Shoreline litter is one of the biggest threats currently facing our oceans and waterways. Fortunately, this is a problem that we can tackle hands-on. By participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, your group can actually see the impact you’ve had over the course of a single day. We hope that you’ll join us on the shorelines.  Many groups choose to time their cleanup with celebrations such as Earth Day (April 22), World Oceans Day (June 8) and International Coastal Cleanup Day (third Saturday in September).  Cleanups take place year round, so you can coordinate a cleanup in spring, summer, fall or even winter...  whatever suits your team.

There Are Two Ways To Get Involved:

#1 - Start A Cleanup

By leading your own cleanup, you can add your own personal touches and invite whomever you want to participate. As the main contact, you’ll receive access to the Site Coordinator Manual and other online tools for organizing your cleanup.

As a Site Coordinator, your top responsibilities are to:

  • Select a cleanup location and date
  • Manage a team of cleanup participants
  • Obtain cleanup supplies
  • Notify your local municipality and arrange waste disposal
  • Submit completed data cards and signed waiver forms

Have fun with your event! Invite a group of friends, family, colleagues, or your entire community. Make it a couple of hours, or a whole day. Offer prizes, apply a theme, treat your team to a barbecue, add a scavenger hunt, include activities and games… it’s up to you!

#2 - Join A Cleanup

Interested in contributing to the Shoreline Cleanup, but limited on time? Would you like to meet new people while doing something meaningful? Whatever the reason, becoming a cleanup participant is an easy, fun way to get outside, meet other locals and make a difference. There are many cleanups that would love to have an extra pair of hands on their team.

Find a Cleanup



Looking for more information about the Shoreline Cleanup? View our Frequently Asked Questions, or get in touch with us directly through our contact page.

Behind the Scenes Tour

 In addition to a Shoreline Cleanup you can also participate in a Behind the Scenes Tour and get an exclusive glimpse at what it really takes to take care of 50,000 animals at the Vancouver Aquarium.  Not only will you see some of the inner workings of the Vancouver Aquarium but learn more about the Aquarium’s research and conservations efforts. 

This is a tour designed for groups of a corporate, educational or commercial tour operator nature. Visit our Animal Encounter page for other types of tours if you do not fall into one of the above categories.



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