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We'd like to thank everyone who came out for the 24th Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup. This year, 1,400 volunteers removed 75 tons of trash from 25 miles of beach. Billy would have been so proud. Our thanks to all of the section leaders, volunteers, park personnel, sponsors, our media friends and supporters for making this possible. A complete wrap-up is coming soon.

Thanks to Augs Services for the wonderful video below that captured this epic day!



 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 9925 volunteers have removed 2,876,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.


Friends of Padre

Friends of Padre Donates to Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network 3/01/2019

  Friends of Padre presented a $5000 donation to the Regional Director of the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Lea Walker, and volunteer Elani Morgan Friday. Left to right Friends of Padre Treasurer, Jeff Wolda, Lea Walker, FOP President, Aaron...

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Friends of Padre Pre Cleanup Scouting Report 2/13/2019

County and Federal Government are working together along with concerned citizens and Friends of Padre preparing to clean 20 plus miles of beach on Feb 23rd. Come join us! Smooth sailing now! It's great to see a plan come together....

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A Call To Arms!

Update 2/07/2019 Friends of Padre, PINS Staff and Nueces County Coastal Parks are working overtime to get the road cleared out for the Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup. That's true dedication. Thanks to Friends of Padre Board members, Jeff...

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