Each year, the Parkway Foundation facilitates two large-scale, Parkway-wide cleanups and monthly, site-specific cleanups. Spanning all reaches of the Parkway, cleanups remove mass amounts of debris from the Parkway in just a few hours, making the Parkway a more enjoyable and safe space, protecting the river ecosystem, and improving water quality. Visit our calendar to register for an upcoming cleanup!

Spring Cleanup
Spring Cleanup is the first of 2 annual large-scale cleanups on the American River Parkway. 500+ volunteers join us to clean up at 4+ sites on a Saturday in April. Registration is open for our 2020 Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 18th from 9am-12pm.  Click the button below to register!

The Great American River Cleanup (GARCU)
The Great American River Cleanup is the American River Parkway Foundation’s largest annual cleanup, hosted on the 3rd Saturday in September (although this year it will be held the 4th Saturday) alongside the California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers across the state of California come together to remove trash and debris from the state’s waterways. In 2019, 1,294 volunteers removed more than 47,200 pounds of trash from 20+ sites along the American River Parkway from Discovery Park to Negro Bar.

GARCU 2020 will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 9am-12pm.

Please join us for Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 at 9am to 12pm register below.

2020 Cleanup Results
Our volunteers have been working hard to remove trash from the American River Parkway! Check out these results from our monthly river cleanups.

Location Date No. of Volunteers Pounds of Trash Removed
Howe Ave Access January 18 110 volunteers 4,500 lbs
Cal Expo February 8 50 volunteers 2,000 lbs

Volunteers at our monthly cleanups, combined with our Mile Stewards, removed 140,285 pounds of trash in 2019!!

For more information about volunteering for or sponsoring our Clean Ups, please contact us at (916) 486-2773 or email

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