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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 10-mile stretch of beach. Since its inception, over 7350 volunteers have removed 2,556,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.


Friends of Padre

Spring Adopt a Beach Cleanup with Burners without Borders Corpus Christi 4/22/2017

Patrick Brown of Burners without Borders Corpus Christi reports that 150 volunteers cleaned up all 7 miles with a total garbage count of 3880lbs!  Our Friends of Padre mile - markers 292 to 302, was surprisingly clean with most of...

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Texas Turtle Nest Update 4/20/2017

Via Dr. Donna Shaver   Today, 5 Kemp’s ridley nests were located on the Texas coast, at Padre Island National Seashore.   KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE So far this year, 10 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north...

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Friends of Padre Mile Adopt A Beach Cleanup 4/22/2017 10am

Friends of Padre will be at the annual Spring Beach Cleanup on the mile we have adopted south of Bob Hall Pier. We will meet at the bowl about three miles south of Bob Hall Pier with the Burners without...

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