Sandy Point Beach Sweep

Event Details

July 15th, 2017, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Sandy Point (St. George's), Newfoundland and Labrador
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Come help NCC clean the beaches of litter and marine debris on beautiful Sandy Point – an island rich in cultural history, with sand dunes, salt marshes, and a wide variety of birds.

If you would like to carpool to the event, please click here to add your car or join a ride going to the event.  There is also a wait list feature if there isn’t a ride that works for you yet.

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About Sandy Point (St. George’s)

This 2,471 acre (1,000-hectare) island is based in St. George’s Bay, on the southwest coast of Newfoundland. Its diverse landscape, with dunes and salt marshes, is uncommon to this coastal region, usually made up of rocky shorelines and steep cliffs. Such a unique environment attracts numerous bird species, including the endangered piping plover. Historically, Sandy Point was once the largest community on the western edge of the province. Today, you can still see the structural remains of the island’s former inhabitants. NCC is currently protecting nine properties here, for a total of almost 70 acres (28 ha.).

What you will be doing

We will be taking a boat ride over to Sandy Point where we will spend the day both collecting garbage and marine debris, and tracking this waste using the Marine Debris Tracker app. This year we hope to visit a new part of the island that has yet to be tackled by our team of dedicated volunteers.

Why you will love it

Not only is this an opportunity to reduce the risks of marine debris to both terrestrial and marine species, but it also gives everyone a chance to explore this formerly settled island and learn a bit more about the natural and historical uniqueness of Sandy Point.

Questions?

Contact Megan Lafferty: megan.lafferty@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

Come dressed for the weather and bring plenty of water and a lunch. Wear comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and footwear in which you are able to walk on wet and uneven terrain. This event requires climbing a ladder to enter and exit a boat.

NCC will provide snacks and will have gloves and garbage bags handy, though volunteers are welcome to bring their own equipment if they prefer. Driving directions and parking information will be provided in the participant package and e-mail correspondence sent out prior to the event.

The event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are potentially unsafe. If the event cannot proceed as scheduled, participants will receive a call from NCC staff as early as possible and the event will be postponed until the following day (Sunday July 16th). It is important to preregister online to ensure you receive event updates and have a spot on the boat.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

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Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

Clothes
  • Layers of comfortable clothing
  • Boots
  • Rain gear (just in case)
Miscellaneous
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray