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Call for Volunteers for Cape Hatteras Cleanup

National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac joins in a past cleanup at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Photo: CHNS

CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE — The National Park Service and North Carolina Beach Buggy Association are looking for helping hands for a drop-in volunteer beach cleanup 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 21.

The seashore is hosting cleanups at the following three spots:

  • Coquina Beach Access on Bodie Island, meet park staff at the bathhouse.
  • Old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Site on Hatteras Island, meet park staff in the parking lot.
  • Ocracoke Beach Access on Ocracoke Island, meet park staff in the parking lot.

Trash bags will be provided. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by his/her parent or legal guardian.

Organizers recommend volunteers bring leather work gloves, water, snacks, and sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing, such as closed-toe shoes and hats.

Beach Buggy Association members will be stationed at the park’s off-road vehicle ramps. During the cleanup, visitors can obtain trash bags for collecting litter during their visit from the members. Participants are asked to deposit the trash bags at the ramp entrance for collection.

This is one of three cleanups the Beach Buggy Association hosts each year as part of its Operation Beach Respect Program. The cleanups are in partnership with the National Park Service.

For more information about Operation Beach Respect, visit the Buggy Association’s  event website, or contact Bill King at

For additional information on volunteer opportunities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, visit or call 252-475-9042.

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