Join Friends of Sears Island on Saturday, September 10th from 10am-12pm for a morning of environmental stewardship for all ages. We will be hosting a Maine Coastweek beach clean-up. Coastal Cleanup takes place each September and is Maine’s largest single volunteer event.   

photo of Sears Island beach for 9-10-16 press release

All trash collected will be weighed, recorded, and the data will be sent to the Ocean Conservancy to be added to the international ocean trash index. Families are encouraged to attend, as we will have several activities especially for kids. Children who attend this program and help with the beach clean-up will receive a Friends of Sears Island patch and a certificate of recognition for their efforts. For anyone that likes to bike, it would be helpful to have some group members ride to the far end of the island and check the beaches furthest from the parking lot. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public. Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the kiosk near the island gate by 10:00 am. Wear footwear you don’t mind getting wet, clothing suitable for the weather and insects, and bring water, a snack, and insect repellent. Please no pets. In the event of rain, this event will be cancelled. For more information and updates, visit,, or call Ashley at 975-3878.

**Please note: in our original summer publicity for our Natural History Seminar Series, we listed Theresa Torrent as giving a talk during the beach clean-up on September 10th. She will be unable to attend this event but we will still be holding the clean-up and offering educational activities about pollution and stewardship for children.