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25th Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Cleanup

The 25th Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Cleanup is slated for Saturday February 29, 2020 at the Padre Island National Seashore. This is the Silver Anniversary of this unique event. Volunteers are needed at Malaquite Visitor’s center no later than 8:00 AM on Saturday, February 29. Normal park admission will be waived for Cleanup participants – notify the park ranger at the park entrance gate that you are a cleanup volunteer.  Especially needed are volunteers with 4x4s willing to haul walk-in volunteers and also to pull trailers to the work area.

This event takes place rain or shine. Proper attire and footwear is strongly recommended – long pants, warm jackets, rain gear, closed-toe hiking-type shoes, etc. Work gloves, drinking water, and snacks will be provided down-island for the volunteers.

Since its inception, more than 9925 volunteers have removed 2,876,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of four-wheel-drive-only beach. While supplies last, we will also be distributing special commemorative t-shirts designed by Aug’s Art along with lunch at the conclusion of the event. Volunteers are invited to meet at the Visitor’s Center Pavilion as we wrap things up from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.

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

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



 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.


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