Volunteer for Beach Clean up with Shedd Aquarium on Great Lakes Action Days and give back to the wild places in our backyard. Volunteer to restore and protect nearby beaches, waterways, and forest preserves. You’ll support animals from frogs to fish while having fun and learning along the way. Individuals, families and small groups welcome. In 2021, there are capacity restrictions so you have to register.Email ActionDays@sheddaquarium.org to register for a Shedd Aquarium Action Day. Some events have reached capacity. You can try emailing to see if you can get on a waiting list.
12th Street Beach -Litter Cleanup and Coastal Habitat Restoration
Wednesday, August 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ping Tom Park – Litter Cleanup and Coastal Habitat Restoration
Saturday, August 14, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – this event is at capacity
63rd St Beach – Litter Cleanup and Coastal Habitat Restoration
Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – this event is at capacity
Saturday, August 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Calumet Beach – Litter Cleanup and Coastal Habitat Restoration
Saturday, July 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday, August 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
About Volunteer for Beach Clean up with Shedd Aquarium
The Great Lakes are home to more than 3,500 plant and animal species and 36 million people! So the lakes, rivers, wetlands, dunes, prairies and forests that make up the Great Lakes ecosystem are your home, too.
Shedd’s Great Lakes Action Days (GLADs) allows volunteers to get hands-on experience cleaning beaches, removing invasive plants, maintaining trails, planting native flora and participating in citizen science projects.
The Shedd teams up with a wide range of partner organizations to create a meaningful volunteer experience that benefits Great Lakes ecosystems as well as the participants, whether those volunteers are armed services veterans, students from underprivileged areas, or corporate partners looking for a hands-on way to give back.
Shedd Aquarium also coordinates beach cleanups and citizen science projects throughout the region with its colleagues in the Great Lakes Network, a consortium of aquariums, zoos and informal learning organizations dedicated to educating their combined nearly 7 million guests each year about the Great Lakes.