It all began with a passion and deep love for the ocean, our beaches and the wildlife that inhabits it. 

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Santa Paddle

We're putting the "FUN" in Fun-d raiser!

Join us for a family funnn Santa Paddle Saturday December 17 at 9am 

Baby Beach Dana Point Harbor for some festive holiday fun and cheer!


The Santa Paddle is a community fun event in which participants bring their own equipment (or Westwind Sailing will have them for rent) and launch from Baby Beach or your own boat dock!


Starting point is on the beach at Baby Beach where we’ll take a group photo on the water. Then it’s a beautiful paddle around the harbor to spread some holiday cheer.  


Come dressed in the festive holiday spirit with red and white, Santa hat, a reindeer, snowman or elf! 🎅🏽☃️🦌🎄❄️❤️💚


Safety first- please wear or have a life vest with you at all times.


$5.00 Suggested Donation  

Sunday Dec 4,  2022


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Beach Cleanup and
Lunch & Learn

Beach Cleanup

Baby Beach and Ocean Institute

9-10:30 Beach Cleanup

10:30 -11 Lunch & Learn at Ocean Institute

Speaker: Jessica Dawn Pratt, Ph.D. and her Global Sustainability Capstone Students 

Theme: Sustainable Oceans

11:00 - Lunch Provided

December's Speaker(s) 

Jessica Dawn Pratt, Ph.D. and her Global Sustainability Capstone Students 


Jessica Pratt is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC-Irvine and co-directs a campuswide Minor in Global Sustainability.  She teaches courses mainly focused on environmental biology, conservation, and sustainability.  Her research interests lie in better understanding the psychological and emotional responses of students to learning about the state of the planet - a phenomenon that has come to be known as "ecological grief" or "climate anxiety". In particular, she wants to ensure that her teaching approaches help students become resilient and community-minded scholars who feel confident being agents of change for a better world.


November Is America Recycles Month 

Think Blue Act Green 

 ♻️Facts on Trash/ Plastics and Recycling♻️

1. Nine-tenths of all solid waste in the United States does not get recycled.

2. Landfills are among the biggest contributors to soil pollution – roughly 80% of the items buried in landfills could be recycled.

3. Although 75% of America’s waste is recyclable, we only recycle around 30% of it. 

4. Over 11 million tons of recyclable clothing, shoes, and textiles make their way into landfills each year.

5. The leading cities for recycling in the US are (#1) San Francisco, CA (#2) Boston, MA (#3) Chicago, IL (#4) Denver, CO and (#5) Portland, OR.

6. 9 out of 10 people said they would recycle if it were “easier”.

7. Studies indicate that women on average typically express more concern for the environment and are more likely to recycle than men.

8. In the United States, we throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour – about 42,000 per minute, or about 695 per second.

9. It takes 500 years for average sized plastic water bottles to fully decompose.


♻️Join us to be a part of the solution!


Dec 4 2022  New Year's Pledge For 2023

Dec 17 2022 Santa Paddle


Total Weight In Pounds Of Trash 


Number of Participants Attended


2023 Cleanup Dates

Jan  8

Feb 12 Love Your Beach 

Mar 4 or 5 During Festival of Whales 

April 22 Earth Day

May  21

June 11 (Celebrating World Oceans Day June 8)

July 9

Aug 13

Sept 16 International Coastal Cleanup

Oct 15

Nov 19 Founders Birthday Cleanup 

Dec 3 



Hold a Successful Clean Up at Your Local Beach! ​

Decide what beach and other aquatic area (marshes, lakes, rivers, ponds) in your area that needs to be cleaned. 

Safety first! 

-Wear gloves to collect the debris

-Be careful with glass or other sharp objects

-Get help with anything heavy


Supplies to Bring

-Plenty of water

-Trash bags (Biodegradable)

-Hand sanitizer/ wipes

-Sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun

-Insect repellent

-Shoes or sneakers that protect your feet

-Reusable gloves 

-First Aid Kit



-Don’t collect natural items like driftwood or seaweed.

-Stay out of dune areas

-Watch out for wildlife

-Avoid stepping on dune plants and beach grasses



And lastly, remember to have a good time! Take a moment to enjoy the waves and the fresh air. We are so lucky to live in a place with gorgeous beaches, a healthy ocean and most of all, with wonderful people. 

Thank you so much for being part of our community, and we look forward to seeing you sometime soon! 


Take pictures! 

Tag us on Social Media @StandUpToTrash and use hashtag  #StandUpToTrash #DontPassItUpPickItUp