18th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup

Goes Virtual with Facebook Live Kick-off!

Event Details

Saturday, June 20 2020 Starting at 9 AM

Join an army of socially-distanced Volunteer Environmental Champions by cleaning up litter and pollution in your neighborhood. Thousands of small efforts across the county will help prevent TONS of litter from entering our creeks, bays and the ocean! How to Participate

  • 1. Register online and help us track participation countywide.
  • 2. Like I Love A Clean San Diego’s Facebook for the Facebook Live event.
  • 3. Target your community - choose a block, a park, beach, canyon or neighborhood near you.
  • 4. Prepare for the day with reusable buckets, work gloves, litter grabbers, reusable water bottles and sturdy shoes.
  • 5. Wear face masks and gloves & Practice social distancing.
  • 6. Share your experience on Facebook and Instagram @ILoveACleanSD #CreektoBay
Sign Up FAQ

About Creek to Bay

Founded in 2002 by I Love A Clean San Diego, the Creek to Bay Cleanup shares the honor with Coastal Cleanup Day as the largest single-day environmental action event in San Diego County.

million Pounds of litter blocked from entering the ocean
THOUSAND Volunteers making a difference over 18 years
Communities cleaned up and beautified

Why Volunteer?

I Love A Clean San Diego makes
volunteering fun!

Make a TRUE difference for
the planet

Because we LOVE
where we live

Get Involved

Anyone can do it! Volunteer as an individual, with friends and family or as a corporate team. All ages welcome. You can also help Creek to Bay by donating directly.

Become a Sponsor
Rewards & Contests

Volunteer Impact Map

Sign up to volunteer now, then check back throughout the day on June 20th to see a countywide visualization of locations and impacts – including Yours!



How You Can Help

This year we have to stay close to home. You know your neighborhood best! Contribute to this day of environmental action by cleaning up a space nearby that’s important to you at any time on June 20th. Share your experience on Facebook or Instagram. @iloveacleansd #CreektoBay

Sign Up

Thank You to Our Partners

I Love A Clean San Diego would like to thank the 2020 Creek to Bay Cleanup supporters.







Interested in sponsoring the 2020 Creek to Bay Cleanup or
an upcoming I Love A Clean San Diego event? Please
contact us.

Carly Keen (Se Habla Español)

Virtual Event Coordinator

Jackie Blumenthal (Se Habla Español)

Volunteer Coordinator

Ian Monahan

Sponsorship & Media
Send us a message and we'll get right back with you.

Contact Us

Main Office

5797 Chesapeake Court
Suite 200
San Diego, CA, 92123

Phone Number

(619) 291-0103


  • Q: Where are cleanup sites?

    In your neighborhood. We invite you and your household to get outside, get active, and collect litter close to home. By getting out in your local community to remove trash – together virtually and physically apart – you can support your neighborhood and protect our San Diego watersheds. Walk around your block, nearby park, beach, or trail.

  • Q: How do I register?

    Starting on June 1st, you can register for the “Virtual Creek to Bay Cleanup” – You can create your profile on our new Community Hub! Once registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration and be provided next steps. If you have any challenges during the registration process, please contact Jackie Blumenthal at jblumenthal@cleanSD.org or (619) 787-2604 for assistance.

  • Q: Can I register as a family or household group?

    Yes! As you register, you have the option to add Group Information so that everyone does not have to register separately. Please remember to form groups from the same household only, and maintain 6 feet distance from other participating neighbors.

  • Q: How old do I have to be to volunteer?

    Creek to Bay is a great event for the whole family. Kids are more than welcome to participate; volunteering at a young age can instill community stewardship for life! Kids can earn patches after they volunteer by completing the online order form after the cleanup on this website.

  • Q: How do I prepare?

    To help reduce waste, volunteers are asked to use their own reusable supplies, such as a bucket to collect litter, litter grabbers, gardening or work gloves, face mask, and a full reusable water bottle. To show off your creativity and help reduce waste, participate in our Bling Your Bucket and/or Big E. Smalls contests by bringing a decorated bucket or jar to the cleanup instead of a plastic bag. You may want to bring snacks, hand sanitizer, and should wear sturdy closed toed shoes and clothing appropriate for a cleanup. Hats and sunscreen are highly recommended. Share with your friends to work together – apart!

  • Q: Does this count for community service? What about court-ordered service?

    Yes, and yes! In order to receive volunteer hours, service forms and Letters of Appreciation – volunteers will need to be registered for the event through I Love A Clean San Diego’s Community Hub, participate in the cleanup and capture a photo of your active participation in the cleanup. Volunteers who are registered for the cleanup are eligible to request community service verification, Letters of Appreciation and Court Ordered Hours verification. To request volunteer hours verification – Login to your profile in the Community Hub after the cleanup, head to your dashboard and Report Hours on the left side of the page. Select the Virtual Creek to Bay Opportunity and complete the survey. There is a section to include court case numbers if you are requesting a letter of appreciation to verify court ordered hours. If you need a specific form filled out to verify volunteer hours, there is an option to directly upload these forms as well.

  • Q: Can my Troop get patches for participating?

    Yes, this is one of four opportunities for which your Troop may receive a patch to complete the whole set! The categories are: Creek to Bay, Coastal Cleanup Day, Volunteer (any of our other volunteer events or programs), and Zero Waste Workshop (attending any of our free Zero Waste Workshops). These events and opportunities, although limited this year, will be available virtually or in smaller groups! The patch order form will be available on the following webpage the Monday after the event. Proof of registration is required.

  • Q: What do I wear?

    Volunteers should wear face masks, gloves, sturdy closed toed shoes and clothing appropriate for a cleanup; if you are at a nearby park or canyon, long pants and long-sleeved shirts are suggested. Hats and sunscreen are highly recommended.

  • Q: How can I stay safe?

    This is the first major cleanup run by you! By staying in your neighborhood, using face masks and gloves, and limiting groups to household members or maintaining social distancing guidelines, we can stay safe and prevent tons of litter from entering our creeks, bays and the ocean.

  • Q: How will we know our impact?

    After your cleanup, weigh the debris you collected and share it with I Love A Clean San Diego. NEW for this year’s event, we are excited to launch a Volunteer Visualization Map. This participatory map allows volunteers countywide to submit their cleanup location and stats to create visual and quantitative measurement of the day’s cleanup efforts. Participants will contribute to real time, crowd-sourced metrics and impact for the event. Once registered, volunteers will be sent a link to a simple survey to report back on their cleanup stats, which can be accessed on mobile device or computer.