Canal Clean-Up

Canal Cleanup 2017 will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  Check back later for more information! 

Canal Clean-Up is an Earth Week volunteer event organized in partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and AmeriCorps Cape Cod. Every year since 2000, over 200 volunteers come annually to walk along the banks of the Cape Cod Canal and pick up hundreds of pounds of trash.

The Cape Cod Canal is the widest sea-level canal in the world! It is 480 feet wide and cuts through about 7 miles of land, and technically makes Cape Cod an island. It is maintained and operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Many people walk, bike, and fish along the Canal’s service roads and shores, and it provides many recreation opportunities for the Upper Cape community.

Canal Clean-Up is a great opportunity to serve the community, and it’s also a lot of fun!  Past events have featured live music, environmental education booths, face painting, tie-dyeing, and refreshments for volunteers.

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Community volunteers of all sizes join AmeriCorps and the US Army Corps of Engineers to pick up all the tiny trash that collects along the banks of the canal.


One year, Red Cross volunteers provided food and drinks for the volunteers cleaning the canal.


AmeriCorps members made educational booths about marine debris and recycling
AmeriCorps members make educational booths about marine debris and recycling