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Beach & Upstream Cleanup 

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San Clemente

Saturday April 13 - Beach & Upstream / Community Cleanup

9 to 11 am

2 Locations: N. San Clemente Pier and Zebra House Coffee

Join us, the crew from Harbor Rock Wealth Management and Zebra House Coffee for a beach and upstream cleanup!

The importance of cleaning upstream is underscored by the fact that 80% of marine debris originates from land sources.


Zebra House Coffee is offering 1 Free Drip Coffee or one of their famous muffins for participants who meet at Zebra for the cleanup!

Zebra House Coffee understands the importance of this initiative by partnering with us to amplify street cleaning efforts, thus reducing the risk of marine pollution!

What is an “Upstream” cleanup? 


An upstream cleanup refers to efforts to remove trash and debris from areas like street cleaning. 

By addressing pollution at its source, upstream cleanup efforts aim to prevent further contamination downstream (at the beach and ocean) and protect water quality and ecosystems.

For this cleanup initiative, our focus will be on addressing litter and debris found in parking lots, streets, and sidewalks around the vicinity of Zebra House Coffee after the morning check-in.

Safety Vests available for participants!

2024 Cleanup Dates

Dana Point Harbor

Yoga, Beach Cleanup and Lunch & Learn

January 7 – Watersheds

February 10 – Love Our Ocean

March 3– Festival of Whales

April 21 – Earth Month

May 11– Ocean Mamas

June 8– World Oceans Day

July 7– Plastic Free July

August 11– 4 Year Anniversary Celebration

September 21 – Coastal Cleanup Day

October 13 – Ghosts and Goblins of The Ocean

November 10– America Recycles Day

December 8 - New Years Resolution


San Clemente (Quarterly)

April 13 - N San Clemente Pier and Zebra House Cafe

July 21-  N San Clemente Pier and Zebra House Cafe

October 27 - - N San Clemente Pier and Zebra House Cafe

Sunday April 21,  2024


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Beach Cleanup and
Lunch & Learn

Yoga, Beach Cleanup and Lunch & Learn

      Baby Beach and Ocean Institute

8:00 - 9:00 am Yoga (in the grass at Baby Beach)

9:00 -10:30 Beach Cleanup

10:30  Lunch & Learn at Ocean Institute


Theme: Early Dana Point Days

Speaker: Barbara Johannes and Elizabeth Bamattre from the Dana Point Historical Society

Yoga With Julie

Julie dedicates her full-time efforts to an emergency wildlife response non-profit, yet she carves out time daily to engage in yoga, both as a practitioner and instructor.

Her journey into yoga stemmed from a quest for peace, resilience, and relief from severe back and neck injuries sustained over years of car and horseback riding accidents.

By intertwining her passion for nature with the holistic benefits of yoga, Julie has attained profound healing and tranquility across mind, body, and spirit.


Following her completion of teacher training, she has joyfully embraced the role of guiding others through their yoga journeys.

Where: On the grass at Baby Beach

When: Sunday April 21 

           8:00 am - 9:00 am

All ages and levels welcomed


Bring your own yoga mat

Donations appreciated but not expected

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Help Wanted:

10-15 awesome workers for the Dana Point Film Festival May 3-5!

Hours 3 pm to 11 pm

Pay: $100 +  lunch and a movie pass!

The job: Keep the festival area clean by emptying trash and recycling bins.



Help at registration table for the festival

San Clemente Plant Walk

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Sunday April 7

10 am - 12 pm

*Meet at the Trailhead at the top of Avenida Dolores and Avenida Santa Margarita in San Clemente

Join Stand Up To Trash and Meadow Crosby from Trestles Native Plant as she guides us on a plant walk discovering native medicinal/edible plants. 

You’ll Learn:

-To identify plants using the principles of botany

-To distinguish between edible and poisonous lookalikes

-To distinguish between weeds (most are misunderstood power plants) and native species

$10.00 Suggested Donation

Connecting with Nature: The Vital Role of Plant Walks in Understanding Ocean Health

In our fast-paced modern world, it's easy to feel disconnected from nature. However, there's an inherent link between land and sea that is often overlooked. Engaging in plant walks can not only deepen our understanding of the natural world around us but also foster a profound connection with the Earth, including its oceans.


Plant walks offer a unique opportunity to learn about the flora that sustains life on land. By studying plants, we gain insights into their ecological roles, medicinal properties, and even their cultural significance. But how does this relate to the health of our oceans?


Plants, whether they grow on land or in the sea, are essential for maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Terrestrial plants play a crucial role in regulating the climate, filtering pollutants, and stabilizing soil, all of which indirectly impact the health of our oceans. For instance, trees help prevent soil erosion, reducing the amount of sediment that flows into rivers and eventually reaches the ocean, where it can harm marine life and ecosystems.


Moreover, understanding the intricate connections between land and sea ecosystems highlights the importance of conservation efforts. Many plant species are interdependent with marine life, providing food and habitat for organisms both on land and in the water. By preserving plant diversity, we can help safeguard the delicate balance of life on our planet, including the health of our oceans.


Furthermore, engaging in plant walks encourages a sense of stewardship and reverence for the natural world. As we immerse ourselves in the beauty and complexity of plant life, we develop a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of all living things. This newfound connection with nature can inspire us to take action to protect not only terrestrial ecosystems but also the vast oceans that cover more than 70% of our planet.


In essence, learning about plants on a plant walk is not just about botanical knowledge—it's about forging a deeper connection with the Earth and recognizing our role as caretakers of the planet. By understanding and appreciating the importance of plants in sustaining life on land and in the oceans, we can work towards a more harmonious relationship with the natural world, ensuring a healthier future for generations to come.

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Plant Walk 

Free Download or $10 at event

Plant Walk Map Stand Up To Trash

Cleanup at The Village of Putuidem


Join us as and help to cleanup the Village of Putuidem with The Juaneno Band of Mission Indians Acjachemen Nation


Sunday May 19

9 -  11 am

Stand Up To Trash Beach cleanup BINGO

Play Beach Cleanup BINGO

Clean the beach while playing a fun game of Beach Cleanup BINGO!




  1. As you clean the beach, cross off items you find.

  2. Once you get 5 down, 5 across or 5 diagonal, TAG @StandUpToTrash on Instagram or Facebook, along with a PHOTO of the card AND your trash.

Our Impact

Total Weight In Pounds of Trash 


Number of Participants Attended


Impact Statement

Through our environmental education initiatives, we've not only removed 10,366 pounds of trash from our environment but also raised awareness among 7,909 participants about the importance of waste reduction and environmental conservation.


Our programs have sparked tangible behavioral changes, inspiring individuals to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives. Moreover, our strong community engagement, including partnerships with 17 local organizations, Title 1 Schools, local indigenous tribe, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Boys & Girls Club of Capo Valley have enabled us to reach a broader audience and foster a culture of environmental stewardship. 


As we continue to expand our efforts, we remain committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of our programs and are proud to share the testimonials and success stories of those whose lives we've positively impacted along the way. 

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