Surfrider Foundation Rhode Island Chapter

Beach Clean-ups


The ocean is a special place to all of us here at the Surfrider Foundation. We have all taken our rewards from the ocean environment and with the new discovery of trash collecting in massive gyres in the ocean, keeping our waters clean is more important now than ever.  No one enjoys surfing or swimming in trash, especially not us!

As an organization, Rhode Island Surfrider volunteers help keep local beaches and surf breaks clean by participating in monthly cleanups that are held all year long. Twice a year, statewide cleanups are held in April (Earth Day) and in October (Trick or Trash).  During these cleanups, hundreds of volunteers clean up thousands of pounds of trash along the Rhode Island Coastline. Additionally, Rhode Island Surfrider has officially “adopted” the stretch of land in Narragansett from the Coastguard House to Monaghan’s Pier. Cleanups are held here bi-monthly during the summer months and monthly throughout the year.

We could not do this without the help of our volunteers of course, as they are the heart of Surfrider. Thanks to them, Rhode Islanders are able to enjoy a cleaner and safer environment.

Program Goals

Our goal here at Surfrider is to protectRhode Island’s oceans, waves and beaches. Our goals for the beach cleanup program are:

  • To hold a minimum of one cleanup per month along theRhode Islandcoastline
  • To educate the public about the importance of keeping the coastline clean
  • To maintain a visible presence withinRhode Island’s coastal community

How to Help

Do you know of a beach that needs cleaning?  Please let us know by emailing us at ! We are always looking for areas of the coast that need some love and attention.

Remember a Beach Clean-up is a Gyre Clean-up!  Rhode Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is always looking for volunteers to help keep our oceans and beaches clean. Regularly scheduled cleanups are held all year long. If you are interested in participating in a cleanup, please contact Heather or Sarah at