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The DEP's Adopt a Beach Program is a volunteer initiative that invites groups, organizations, businesses and individuals to adopt a small section of beach or waterfront area. Volunteers agree to keep their adopted area free of litter and debris by organizing cleanups, to be done at least semi-annually, for one year or longer. This statewide coastal cleanup effort displays New Jersey's commitment to combat water pollution and to maintain the aesthetic quality of the state's coastal shorelines.


  • This program fosters volunteer stewardship of the state's coastal shorelines and beaches through public participation.

  • Participants must pre-register to participate in this initiative.

  • Click HERE for Adopt A Beach FAQ. (pdf)

Target Audience(s)
Adopt-A-Beach Logo Citizen groups, schools, organizations and individuals

Additional Information
Clean Communities Office
222 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
Phone: 609-989-5900

Related Links:
New Jersey Clean Communities Council:
Ocean Conservancy
Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program:
Clean Shores Program:
Clean Vessel Act Pumpout boats:
NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, Dedicated License Plates:
NJ Coastal Public Access Points Map:

Shore To Please License Plate Beach nesting bird information:
Endangered Birds Brochure, Piping Plover brochure, Least Tern brochure, Black Skimmer brochure, NJDEP's Beach Nesting Bird Management website, and USF&W's Piping Plover website.