Coastal Cleanup

A few months ago, my son and I were walking home from the park. Although this path is normally pretty clean, we noticed several pieces of trash littering the sidewalks. It was that day that I came up with the game “Trash Patrol.” This game is pretty simple: it consists of singing a cheesy Trash Patrol song, giving each other silly names, and proceeding to rid the world of trash (i.e. grabbing and holding on to sidewalk trash until we reach the nearest trashcan).

I love doing things like this because it such an easy, tangible way for my son to help out. For our September project, we will be bringing the Trash Patrol to the beach for the 2015 Coastal Cleanup.



want to do something like this in your area?

If you are in California, this project is easy!

1. Check out the website: here you can find links that will direct you to the cleanup nearest to you.

2. Save the date: In California, the cleanup takes place on the third Saturday in September, but check out this link to find cleanups year-round.

3. Make your move: sign the waiver, take your kids, some sunblock, some gloves, and get out there.

4. Share your Story (Optional): If you get a chance to do this project with your family, share your experience. You might inspire someone else to do the project too.

If you don’t live in California, you can certainly still serve in nature with your family. Check out this post for specific ideas on taking care of the environment.


Going to the beach is a fun activity, but if you want to get your kids even more excited, check out this Kindle book:

Children’s Book About Beaches: A Kids Picture Book About Beaches With Photos and Fun Facts: This book by Madison Matthews is an easy read, and it contains fun facts about the beach. 


This video, released in 2013, is a great reminder of why we are doing this. You may want to show this to your kids (or view it yourself) before heading to the beach.

I hope these ideas and resources have been helpful. Do you have any ideas about how to help our kids take care of the environment? Please let us know! Also, if you are interested, click here to start a club of your own.  Thank you so much for reading, and let’s go love people on purpose.


About Kellie Van Atta

Kellie Van Atta is a wife, a mom of two, and a teacher of English. She lives in Southern California and is passionately dedicated to teaching her kids to love others.

1 comment on “Coastal Cleanup

  1. What an absolutely adoarble little boy Elliott is. These pictures really touched my heart. How brave he is to go through so much at such a young age. He is still in diapers! And what brave and loving parents too. He is blessed to have you. And I’m sure you are blessed to have him. My son is two and looks very similar to Elliott so I couldn’t help but imagine him in these pictures. Heartbreaking but very inspiring. Kids can teach us a lot. And sometimes they hold us up when we think it is the other way around. I am going to say a prayer for your family right now and will continue to keep you and this precious baby in my prayers. You will find your biggest support in Him. Thank you for sharing these pictures. Molly you do such a great job!!! I am awestruck! And sorry for the ramble. Just so so moved by this post!

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