About the event

We are excited to join this celebrated community event that has been taking place biennially since 1999! Volunteers from near and far unite to remove trash from the Nehalem Bay Estuary and then celebrate at the ‘Sorting Pit’ with food and drink and friends.


Volunteer activities range from collecting debris, sorting materials, and helping with set-up and take-down. This event is hosted by the Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Nehalem Bay Watershed Council and Heart of Cartm.

When? Saturday, March 9th, 2024.   Orientation Begins: 7:30 am

Cleanup: Starts immediately after orientation and runs no later than 1 pm.

Celebrate: After you finish the cleanup, hang out at the sorting pit with food, family, and friends. Get your warm chili in a commemorative mug!

Location: Wheeler Waterfront Park, Wheeler, OR

What we’ll do: During low tide, we will work in groups by zone to walk or paddle the high tide lines to collect trash. Boats and trucks will then bring trash back to the Wheeler Waterfront Park Boat Ramp to be sorted, counted, weighed, and disposed of. All ages are welcome.

What to Expect: There are different cleanup zones around the estuary with different distances and terrain. Please consult the Zone Map to determine which zone is most appropriate for you. We have done our best to include opportunities for diverse abilities. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help to accommodate your participation or answer any questions.

What to bring: Come prepared for variable coastal weather conditions. Bring a water bottle, snack, and something to carry it in while you’re out at your cleanup zone. Waterproof boots, work gloves, and layers are recommended. Your zone leader will carry safety and first aid equipment.

Partners and friends: Do you want to be more involved? Have a service or materials to donate? Have a boat and are willing to shuttle people and debris? Don’t hesitate to reach out to jessi@heartofcartm.org.

This event is free; donations are welcomed.

Event Location

Wheeler Waterfront Park, Wheeler, OR

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