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Join a cohort of dedicated conservationists, citizen scientists and volunteers as we work to protect water, wildlife and wild places. From litter sweeps to workshops on scientific and social topics, there are ways for everyone to get involved in your community and beyond.

Upcoming Events

Kiawah Island Sweep

Saturday, November 19, 9–11 a.m. | 876 Kiawah Island Parkway, Kiawah Island
Join the South Carolina Aquarium and Kiawah Conservancy at Mingo Point for our monthly litter sweep! This is a great opportunity to enjoy this beautiful community and help keep litter and plastic pollution from entering our waterways.
Sign up for Kiawah Island Sweep reminders HERE.

Waterfront Park and Marsh Sweep

Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.–noon | Waterfront Park Pier, Charleston
Join us and Keep Charleston Beautiful, Charleston Parks Conservancy and Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network  at Waterfront Park for a park and marsh cleanup! We’ll meet near the Waterfront Park Pier at the end of Vendue Range. Dress for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes or mud boots, and bring a reusable water bottle. We’ll be cleaning up the park and also getting into the marsh at low tide to remove litter in this vulnerable waterfront habitat. All supplies and instructions will be provided for volunteers to participate in a litter sweep with data collection.
Learn more and register HERE.

Beach Sweep with Santa on Isle of Palms

Monday, December 12, 4:30–5:30 p.m. | Isle of Palms
Join Santa for a sunset beach sweep with South Carolina Aquarium and Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew. We’ll meet at the public beach walkover at 1100 block on Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms. All supplies and instructions are provided for volunteers to participate in a 30-minute beach sweep with litter data collection and get photos on the beach with Santa. No advance registration is required.

Charleston Green Drinks: Trees 

Tuesday, December 13, 6–8 p.m. | Commonhouse Aleworks, 4831 O’Hear Avenue, North Charleston
Join local conservation organizations at Commonhouse Aleworks in Park Circle as we connect and talk about trees. Following brief introductions, spotlight organizations will host a table and be available for informal conversation to dig deeper into the issue and share ideas.
Learn more and register HERE.

Kiawah Island Sweep

Saturday, December 17, 9–11 a.m. | 876 Kiawah Island Parkway, Kiawah Island
Join the South Carolina Aquarium and Kiawah Conservancy at Mingo Point for our monthly litter sweep! This is a great opportunity to enjoy this beautiful community and help keep litter and plastic pollution from entering our waterways.
Sign up for Kiawah Island Sweep reminders HERE.

Conestee Cleanup in Greenville

Saturday, December 17, 9 a.m.–noon | 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville
Join the Conestee Nature Preserve, Keep Greenville County Beautiful, and South Carolina Aquarium for a nature trail litter sweep! This is a great opportunity to enjoy this beautiful Preserve and help remove litter and plastic pollution from the watershed. All supplies and instructions will be provided to conduct a litter sweep with data collection.
Learn more and register HERE.

Conservation in Action

  1. “Discover Your Watershed” Event in Spartanburg
  2. Litter Sweep with Friends of Gadsden Creek 
  3. Hampton Park Terrace Community Litter Sweep
  4. Saltmarsh Restoration Monitoring in the Maryville community
  5. Litter Sweep with MUSC Students
  6. Sweeps Across South Carolina: Pickens County Litter Sweep
  7. Saltmarsh Planting in the Maryville Community
  8. Pack’s Landing Litter Sweep in Sumter
A woman crouching above a large piece of trash logs debris data into the Litter-Free Digital Journal during a litter sweep with the South Carolina Aquarium

Your Data Matters!

Want to be a true citizen scientist? Litter data is critical in identifying the most problematic debris and can be a powerful tool in helping to develop solutions for reducing trash. We encourage litter sweep participants to log the items they pick up from land and water. Help be part of the solution by using the Litter-Free Digital Journal, a project in the South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app, when you sweep in your community.

The South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app is available in the App Store and on Google Play.

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