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Want to volunteer without a major time commitment? Check out these great opportunities for single-day volunteering - great for families and groups!

E-Cycling Events

Our next E-Cycling Event will be held January 20, 2024.

It's a great time to recycle old electronics that have stacked up around the house or in storage over the years. We are hosting an E-Cycling Event to recycle personally-owned electronic waste as well as prescription drugs, vehicle batteries, and more. This event will be held in partnership with AAA Tidewater Virginia, Goodwill Industries, TFC Recycling and the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD). Presented by PRA Group.

Clean the Bay Day

Thank you for participating in Clean the Bay Day - check back later for next year's event! Every year thousands of Virginians work simultaneously across the state to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay by removing litter and debris from our waterways. Since the start of this Virginia tradition, led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, more than 7.18 million pounds of trash and debris have been removed from more than 8,250 miles of shoreline. The Virginia Aquarium welcomes volunteers to our site locations each year to join the effort.

Creek Cleanup

Creek Cleanups will return in February 2024. Check back later to register!

Trash that finds its way into the ocean can travel long distances with the currents and winds. Plastic bags and plastic wrap can suffocate marine animals and fish. Birds can easily entangle themselves in plastic six-pack rings and strings. Animals can also get sick or die from swallowing trash, such as cigarette butts. Humans, animals, and plants all need unpolluted water to survive. We welcome volunteers to join us as we clean up the natural area around Owls Creek!

Dune Planting

Check back later for upcoming events! Sand dunes act as natural barriers, protecting land by preventing erosion and absorbing wave energy. Without this protection, soft coastline would rapidly disappear. We need your help to plant native dune grasses and restore habitat for local wildlife and protect the shoreline.

Join the National Aquarium's Conservation team, in partnership with the Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, to restore valuable sand dune habitat in Virginia Beach.