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26th Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Cleanup

Sign up, suit up, and show up to guarantee your 26th Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup commemorative T-shirt!


Due to COVID safety precautions we have made some changes this year. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer rides into the work area for those without four-wheel drive vehicles. If you do not have four-wheel drive, you are welcome to clean in front of the Malaquite Visitor's Center, or drive your vehicle onto the beach and cleanup on the north end. For those with four-wheel drive vehicles, we ask that you arrive, work, and depart the cleanup with the same people in your vehicle. When on the beach, we ask that volunteers practice safe distancing from other vehicles to reduce the spread of COVID. Face coverings should be worn anytime you are in close proximity to others that did not ride in your vehicle.

Another big change this year, is that we're asking volunteers to sign-up prior to the event by filling out a short form. Sign-up is not required, but it is strongly encouraged, and it is the only way to guarantee that you will receive a commemorative t-shirt. 

There are only a few things to fill out in order to sign up. In the "quantity" box, please put the total number of people who will be riding in your vehicle on the day of the cleanup. 

This year we will offer t-shirts in sizes from Adult Small - 3X Large. In the t-shirt size text box, please list one shirt size per person in your vehicle. If you request a Youth sized shirt, it will be replaced with an Adult Small. The quantity value described above should equal the number of t-shirts listed. 

Please consider including your zip code. This lets us know where our volunteers are coming from and ultimately helps improve the event.

Please sign up at the link below.


Contact: Tyler Thorsen – Vice President - Friends of Padre for more information. Email: tthorsen@grandecom.net or 361 – 779 – 3044

 If you would like to make a donation in honor of Billy, you can click on the Paypal "Donate" button below or send a check to PO Box 18108 Corpus Christi, TX 78418.

Thank You!


 The primary function of Friends of Padre is to fund and organize the annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup in perpetuity. Beginning in 1995, the Big Shell Beach Cleanup occurs once a year in the Big Shell portion of the Padre Island National Seashore (PINS). Each year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate a Saturday to removing trash from this rugged, desolate stretch of beach. Since its inception, over 11425 volunteers have removed 2,996,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.


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