To celebrate World Oceans Month, Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association will host a beach cleanup at the lifeguard beach on Ocracoke from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 23.
This Operation Beach Respect includes cleanups on Coquina Beach on Bodie Island and at the old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse site on Hatteras Island, according to a press release from the NPS.
Volunteers can drop in at any time during the cleanup and trash bags will be provided. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Concurrent with the Seashore events, NCBBA members will be stationed at the park’s off-road vehicle ramps on Hatteras Island where visitors can obtain trash bags for collecting litter during their visit.
Bill King, NCBBA member and cleanup organizer, said the association does not have volunteers scheduled to be at the Ocracoke ramps but would welcome help and new members from the island. Anyone interested in helping the cleanup by taking a station at one of the Ocracoke ramps may call King at 804-895-0782.
The association’s mission among its close to 4,000 members is preservation.
“Everyone can live at the beach–turtles, birds, people,” he said.
All participants and volunteers are encouraged to bring leather gloves, water, snacks, and sunscreen. Please wear appropriate clothing, such as closed-toe shoes and hats.