An Hour for the Ocean

Please join us in support of World Ocean Day: take action and be a part of the solution! On Saturday, June 10 spend one hour at your local beach or waterway cleaning up trash to support the health and vitality of our marine environment.

What is an hour for the ocean?
Help us keep Puget Sound’s beaches and waterways among the cleanest in the nation by dedicating an hour with friends, family and colleagues to pick up litter, which is hazardous to marine wildlife.

Get involved!

  • Select your clean-up location using the map above, or propose your own location by emailing Andrew Bleiman at and we’ll add it to the map!
  • Register for your location by clicking on the link in the location marker and adding your name.
  • Gather a team, join an existing group, or come solo.

What you’ll need:

Know before you go:

Follow the Seattle Aquarium’s beach visit guidelines to keep yourself and marine wildlife safe.

  • Walk carefully; there is life beneath your feet.
  • Touch animals gently with one wet finger.
  • Observe animals where they are and avoid picking them up.
  • If you do move rocks, choose only those that are small enough to be moved with one hand. Carefully return rocks to exact position you found them in.
  • Do not remove anything natural from the beach. Many of the beaches here are protected by law.
  • Carry a small garbage bag to pick up trash.

Day of:

  • Show up at your clean-up site on June 10 at the designated time for that location (see Google map for details).
  • Download the Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app to log all the trash you collect and log it automatically to a global clean-up database. No smartphone? Download a printable ocean trash data form.
  • Post pictures of your clean-up on Twitter or Instagram with hashtags #HourOcean and #SeattleAquarium for a chance to win prizes! Those with the largest items, most items, and most unique trash discoveries will also win prizes!

Brought to you by the Seattle Aquarium auxiliary board and Youth Ocean Advocates program in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.