The Great Fundy Cleanup

Event Details

July 24th, 2016, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Simpson Island, New Brunswick
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

**This event has been postponed until Sunday, July 24th**

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is partnering with The Nature Trust of New Brunswick and many other great organizations to plan a large-scale, one-day marine debris cleanup event for multiple coastal and island nature preserves within Charlotte County.

NCC will be be organizing a cleanup of our beautiful Simpson Island Nature Reserve. We will be boating over to the island and collecting the marine debris which accumulates on the shores and threatens the marine wildlife.

After the cleanup is finished, all of our volunteers are invited to a barbecue at 4:30pm in Blacks Harbour, where we will be having music, presentations, prizes, and more!

If you’d 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 there yet that works for you. Happy carpooling!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Simpson Island

Simpsons Island is one of two islands The Nature Conservancy of Canada protects in the Passamaquoddy Bay. Both Simpsons Island and Pendleton Island are representative coastal habitats of the region and support coastal forests, rocky shores, and sandy beaches as well as many coastal and marine wildlife that depend on these ecosystems. Simpson Island attracts a large variety of shorebirds along its beaches and is home to a nesting pair of Bald Eagles. NCC acquired this land in 2001 and has since been working hard to keep the shores clean of garbage and debris, which often accumulates along its beaches.

What you will be doing

The plan for the day is to clean up as much garbage from the beach on and around NCC properties as possible. It is important to help improve both terrestrial and aquatic habitat in the region by removing garbage that can both directly harm wildlife by entangling or ingestion.

Why you will love it

This is a huge event dedicated to cleaning and celebrating our beautiful Bay of Fundy. Simpson Island is only one of the many nature preserves along the coast being cleaned by volunteers, and the data collected from the cleanup will be sent to the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup—an initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to clean Canadian shorelines and collect data about marine and aquatic debris.


Contact Amanda Fortune:

Please Note

We will be boating over to the island at 11am from the Leonardville wharf, so please make sure to take the Deer Island ferry by 10:30am. The ferry leaves every half hour. Please bring a lunch. There will be an optional BBQ at 4:30pm.

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

Thank you to the Nature Trust of New Brunswick for organizing this event, and to partners and participating organizations for making this possible: Connors Bros. Clover Leaf Seafoods Company, Cooke Aquaculture, Ginger Design, the Village of Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick Provincial Parks, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-NB), Nature NB, COJO Diving, Fundy Baykeeper, Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy, and Woodstock First Nation.
New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund
New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund

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 clothes
  • Rain gear
  • Water-proof footwear
  • Bucket (for garbage)
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle