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26th Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Cleanup 2021

Suit up, and show up for the 26th Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup Saturday February 27th at 8 AM at the Malaquite Visitor's Center at the Padre Island National Seashore. Admission is free to volunteers.


THE DEADLINE FOR SIGNING UP FOR THE 2021 BIG SHELL BEACH CLEANUP HAS PASSED, BUT THAT WAS ONLY THE T-SHIRT PART! All are still welcome to join us and we might have enough t-shirts to go around. Coming soon we will have a video showing how some of the procedures will be different this year. We can only do this with YOU, our volunteers!


Due to COVID safety precautions we have made some changes this year. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer rides into the work area for those without four-wheel drive vehicles. If you do not have four-wheel drive, you are welcome to clean in front of the Malaquite Visitor's Center, or drive your vehicle onto the beach and cleanup on the north end. For those with four-wheel drive vehicles, we ask that you arrive, work, and depart the cleanup with the same people in your vehicle. When on the beach, we ask that volunteers practice safe distancing from other vehicles to reduce the spread of COVID. Face coverings should be worn anytime you are in close proximity to others that did not ride in your vehicle.


Contact: Tyler Thorsen – Vice President - Friends of Padre for more information. Email: tthorsen@grandecom.net or 361 – 779 – 3044

 If you would like to make a donation in honor of Billy, you can click on the Paypal "Donate" button below or send a check to PO Box 18108 Corpus Christi, TX 78418.

Thank You!


 The primary function of Friends of Padre is to fund and organize the annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup in perpetuity. Beginning in 1995, the Big Shell Beach Cleanup occurs once a year in the Big Shell portion of the Padre Island National Seashore (PINS). Each year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate a Saturday to removing trash from this rugged, desolate stretch of beach. Since its inception, over 11425 volunteers have removed 2,996,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.


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