Volunteers Picking Up Trash

Want to volunteer without a major time commitment? Check out these great opportunities for single-day volunteering - great for families and groups!

E-Cycling Events

Check back later for our next E-Cycling Event!

It's a great time to recycle old electronics that have been stacked up around the house or in storage over the years. We are hosting an E-Cycling Event to recycle personally-owned electronic waste as well as prescription drugs, vehicle batteries, and more. This event will be held in partnership with AAA Tidewater Virginia, Goodwill Industries, TFC Recycling and the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD). Presented by PRA Group.

How To Register For E-Cycling

1. Determine if you are an Individual, a Team Member, or a Team Captain:

  • Individual - Participants who are volunteering independently and not with anyone else. Continue to Step 2.
    (NOTE: Participants under 18 may not register as Individuals. Even a parent registering with a child is considered a Group, with the Parent as the Team Captain.)
  • Group - Two or more participants who want to volunteer together.
    Each Group must have a Name and one person assigned as the Team Captain. All others in the Group are Team Members.
    After determining if you are a Team Captain or a Team Member, continue to Step 3.

2. Click the button below that says REGISTER FOR E-CYCLING to access the form.
(NOTE: Team Members will need to know the name of their Group. Team Captains will need to know the Group name and the total number of participants in the Group, including themselves.)

3. Under Registration Type select either Individual, Team Member, or Team Captain.

4. Select the specific event or events you wish to register for.

5. Fill out the entire form completely and then click SUBMIT.

Creek Cleanup

Trash that finds its way into the ocean can travel long distances with the currents and winds. Plastic bags and plastic wrap can suffocate marine animals and fish. Birds can easily entangle themselves in plastic six-pack rings and strings. Animals can also get sick or die from swallowing trash, such as cigarette butts. Humans, animals, and plants all need unpolluted water to survive. We welcome volunteers to join us as we clean up the natural area around Owls Creek!

How to Register for Creek Cleanups

1. Determine if you are an Individual, a Team Member, or a Team Captain:

  • Individual - Participants who are volunteering independently and not with anyone else. Continue to Step 2.
    (NOTE: Participants under 18 may not register as Individuals. Even a parent registering with a child is considered a Group, with the Parent as the Team Captain.)
  • Group - Two or more participants who want to volunteer together.
    Each Group must have a Name and one person assigned as the Team Captain. All others in the Group are Team Members.
    After determining if you are a Team Captain or a Team Member, continue to Step 3.

2. Click the button below that says REGISTER FOR A CLEAN UP to access the form.
(NOTE: Team Members will need to know the name of their Group. Team Captains will need to know the Group name and the total number of participants in the Group, including themselves.)

3. Under Registration Type select either Individual, Team Member, or Team Captain.

4. Select the specific event or events you wish to register for.

5. Fill out the entire form completely and then click SUBMIT.

Dune Planting

Check back later for upcoming events! Sand dunes act as natural barriers, protecting land by preventing erosion and absorbing wave energy. Without this protection, soft coastline would rapidly disappear. We need your help to plant native dune grasses and restore habitat for local wildlife and protect the shoreline.Join the National Aquarium's Conservation team, in partnership with the Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, to restore valuable sand dune habitat in Virginia Beach.

Clean the Bay Day

Thank you for participating in Clean the Bay Day - check back later for 2024's event! Every year thousands of Virginians work simultaneously across the state to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay by removing litter and debris from our waterways. Since the start of this Virginia tradition, led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, more than 7.18 million pounds of trash and debris have been removed from more than 8,250 miles of shoreline. The Virginia Aquarium welcomes volunteers to our site locations each year to join the effort.

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