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The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Program page contains details about the Texas General Land Office's program to better Texas beaches and educate Texas residents.

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The Texas Adopt-A-Beach Program, an all-volunteer effort to remove trash from Texas beaches and waterways and to increase public awareness of the problems of marine debris and beach litter, originated in the fall of 1986, when 2,800 volunteers picked up 124 tons of trash. Since then, more than 390,000 volunteers have removed 7,500 tons of trash from Texas beaches.

The program was modeled after the Texas Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program and emphasizes the importance of education in preventing debris on Texas beaches. The success of this program, both as a beach cleanup effort and as a public awareness campaign, has won it national recognition and has prompted the development of similar programs in all 50 U.S. states, all 5 U.S. territories and more than 100 foreign countries.

Historical cleanup data and other Adopt-A-Beach program information can be accessed at

While the program is primarily funded by the Land Office, the success of the program has been contributed to the support from the private sector. Generous contributions have helped carry our message, “Trashing Texas Beaches Isn’t Cool”, to thousands of Texans. Sponsors of the cleanups generally pay for the costs associated with supplying souvenirs and supplies to the volunteers.

Beach, Bay and Estuary Cleanups

The Adopt-A-Beach program conducts three cleanups each year, in the fall, in the winter (the Winter Texan Cleanup and the Coastal Bend Winter Cleanup), and in the spring. The fall and spring cleanups attract volunteers to 28 sites along the Texas coast to pick up trash. The Winter Texan Cleanup is held at only one site - at South Padre Island and the Coastal Bend Winter Cleanup is generally held at three sites in the Corpus Christi area. Find a site near you!

 Sites for Adopt-A-Beach cleanups

Fall Cleanup

The fall event is held on the fourth Saturday in September and attracts almost 10,000 Texans to volunteer their Saturday mornings to help clean the Texas coastline. This year, the cleanup is scheduled for September 25, 2010, from 9 a.m. to noon. The fall cleanup is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, which is nationally sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy. As part of their sponsorship, they provide us with trash bags, data cards, and educational materials to help volunteers identify the various types of trash they remove from the beaches. Volunteers at the fall cleanup record every piece of trash they collect on detailed data cards. Our local volunteer coordinators compile and tally the data and then forward that information onto Austin headquarters. Adopt-A-Beach staff then enter this data on the Ocean Conservancy’s reporting website where it immediately analyzed and tracked year by year, revealing possible patterns in marine debris. They also provide a variety of media coverage, through press releases and radio PSAs.

Spring Cleanup

The spring cleanup is held on the fourth weekend in April. The Adopt-A-Beach program hosts this cleanup and recruits coastal sponsors to help with the costs associated with supplies and souvenirs for the cleanup.

Winter Texan Cleanup

The annual Winter Texan Cleanup is held in mid-February at South Padre Island. The cleanup started 13 years ago and attracts more than 100 Winter Texans to the Edwin-Atwood Park to clean three miles of beach.

Coastal Bend Winter Cleanup

The annual Coastal Bend Winter Cleanup is held in mid-February in the Corpus Christi area at three sites – the Padre Island National Seashore, Texas State Aquarium and Aransas Pass. The cleanup started six years ago and attracts more than 400 volunteers to the Coastal Bend area.

Beach Guardian Program

The Adopt-A-Beach program also administers the Beach Guardian program, which invites interested volunteer groups to adopt a mile of beach along the Texas coastline. Each participating group agrees to clean a specific stretch of beach at least three times per year, although school groups can fulfill their obligation with a single cleanup. Participants are encouraged to re-adopt at the end of the year. The Adopt-A-Beach program fosters feelings of pride and ownership as volunteers begin to care for "their" beach. The process is simple and has been well received by corporations, service and professional organizations and Texas schools.

Children's Art Contest

Another aspect of the Adopt-A-Beach program is the annual “Treasures of the Texas Coast” children’s art contest. The contest is open to students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Students are asked to draw what they treasure most about the Texas coast. The purpose of the contest is to encourage young artists to learn about natural resources along the Texas coast, and also to help spread the message “That Trashing Texas Beaches Isn’t Cool”.

 Children's Art Contest

The Texas General Land Office sends contest information to public and private schools across Texas to encourage participation. Last year, more than 5,100 students entered the contest. Ten winners are chosen from the following categories: Grades K, 1, and 2; Grades 3 and 4; Grade 5; and Grade 6.

From the 40 winners, one grand prize winner will be selected to receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from Continental Airlines to any Continental destination in the 48 contiguous United States, one 7-night Caribbean cruise from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines departing out of Galveston, Miami, or Ft. Lauderdale, a class party at Schlitterbahn Waterparks (New Braunfels, South Padre Island or Galveston) and a “Party of Two” membership which grants two unlimited admissions to the Texas State Aquarium for one year. The grand prize winner's teacher will also receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from Continental Airlines, and one 7-night Caribbean cruise courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruises.

All 40 winners will receive a ticket to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, two all day passes to Schlitterbahn Waterparks, prizes and a certificate of recognition from the Texas General Land Office and a calendar displaying the winning artwork.

For more information and for contest entry forms please visit

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