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NEW! Volunteer Litter Cleanups

Let's LOVE Liz and make our home river and communities cleaner! Litter is not only unsightly; it negatively impacts the river's ecosystem and can harm wildlife. All volunteers must pre-register and agree to our COVID-19 safety guidelines below, no registrations will be done on the day of the volunteer event. Garbage bags, trash grabbers, and gloves (if you do not have your own) will be provided. Events will be rescheduled in the event or rain or extreme weather.

Saturday, May 1, 10:00am-11:30am, Elizabeth River Project Adopt-A-Spots: Sites include Colley Avenue, and Knitting Mill Creek (Norfolk) Register Here!
Saturday, June 5, 10:00am-11:30am, Sites TBD, Registration Coming Soon!

For cleanup questions, email Robin Dunbar, Deputy Director - Education

LEAD YOUR OWN CLEANUP! Consider organizing an event at your school, business, organization, or neighborhood. Tally the amount of bags you collect and share the most common and unique items you removed. Share your results and photos with #LoveLiz or send to This will help us understand the types of litter we need to find solutions to. We'll mark your litter efforts on a map and celebrate your watershed-wide achievements!

PHOTOS:  View photos from your volunteer event: March 27 Great American Cleanup

Paradise Creek Nature Park Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering at Paradise Creek Nature Park? Click here. 

Restoration Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with us!  Elizabeth River Project depends on volunteers throughout the year to help restore our home river. From wetland plantings to oyster reef installations, there are opportunities for everyone to get involved with our restoration team. 

Our restoration team is currently looking for volunteers to place oyster castles at restoration sites in Norfolk and Chesapeake:

Monday, April 19, 8:30am-1:00pm, Portsmouth (Oyster Reef)
Wednesday, April 21, 9:00am-3:00pm, Norfolk (Oyster Reef)
Thursday, April 22, 9:00am-3:00pm, Norfolk (Oyster Reef)
Tuesday, April 27, Noon-4:30pm, Virginia Beach (Wetlands Planting)

SIGN UP: Click here to pre-register at least 24 hours before your shift(s). Once signed up, you will be updated by our restoration team with the street address and any schedule changes due to weather or tides.

Not able to make these dates? Sign up below in form below to be contacted for future restoration volunteer opportunities as they become available this spring.

NEW! Covid-19 & General Safety Volunteer Guidelines

- All volunteers must pre-register, no registrations will be done on the day of the volunteer event.

- The maximum number of participants is capped at 10 total volunteers per volunteer group. Space is limited to protect the safety of our volunteers and staff.

- By registering, volunteers agree to wear properly-fitting masks over both the nose and mouth for the duration of field work (We want you to stay hydrated!) and to follow social distance guidelines of 6-10 feet at all times.

- Volunteers will attend only if they are in good health and not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

- All volunteers must wear close-toed shoes. Volunteers in improper footwear, including CHACOs, will not be allowed to participate.

- Please bring work gloves and a reuseable water bottle. Water and work gloves, if needed, will be available on site

Questions about volunteering? Please call 757-399-7487 or contact us at


Volunteer Contact Information

Under 18? Not a problem! We'll send you a special form for your parents to sign. Please bring the completed form to your volunteer event. 

Please let us know if you have additional comments or physical considerations we should know about.