Sandy Point Beach Sweep

Event Details

September 15th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sandy Point Nature Reserve, Newfoundland and Labrador
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

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

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here to add your car or join a ride going to the event. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Sandy Point Nature Reserve

Sandy Point is a 2,471-acre (1,000-hectare) island of natural and historical importance in St. George’s Bay, on the southwest coast of Newfoundland. The breathtaking landscape, with its sand dunes and salt marshes, is uncommon to Newfoundland and Labrador because much of the province’s coastline consists of rugged, rocky shorelines and sheer cliffs plunging into the ocean. The sandy beaches and dunes are important nesting habitats for numerous bird species.

Before resettlement, Sandy Point was once a bustling community.  Today, you can still see remains of the island’s former inhabitants. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is currently protecting nine properties here for a total of almost 70 acres (28 hectares).

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 enjoying exceptional views. You will need to carry a full garbage bag for short distances.

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. It’s also rewarding to see our progress throughout the day.


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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 September 16th). It is important to preregister online to ensure you receive event updates and have a spot on the boat.

People of all fitness levels can participate
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:

  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Closed-toed, sturdy walking shoes
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • Waterproof footwear
Camping Gear
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses