Volunteer Events

Below is a listing of events that Keep Manatee Beautiful organizes throughout the calendar year.  For exact dates for this year, see our calendar.

January

Florida Arbor Day – In 1945 Florida Legislature designated the third Friday in January as our official state Arbor Day to support the need for trees and urban forestry in our community. January’s climate is optimal for planting trees in Florida. Citizens are invited to attend the celebration where Keep Manatee Beautiful plants native trees at a city or county park.

April

Make Every Day Earth Day – This two-day event is part of the Hernando De Soto Heritage Festival SeaFood Fest held in downtown Bradenton.  Exhibitors demonstrate how to reduce waste, use water wisely and landscape your Florida yard.  The whole family is invited for gifts and fun-filled activities to help keep Manatee County beautiful.

Great American Cleanup on the Upper Manatee River – The Great American Cleanup is the largest grassroots beautification, litter prevention and community improvement program sponsored by Keep America Beautiful. Locally, Keep Manatee Beautiful coordinates Great American Cleanup events. For the adventurous, people with boats, canoes and other watercraft can volunteer to improve the scenic beauty and environmental health of the Upper Manatee River by removing litter and storm debris.

Great American Cleanup Countywide including Anna Maria Island, Braden River, Bradenton and Palmetto – Volunteers are recruited to clean, beautify and improve roadsides, shores, parks and neighborhoods throughout Manatee County. Those with flat-bottom boats, canoes and kayaks can help remove litter from the Braden River and Wares Creek.

National Arbor Day – The United States officially observes this day on the last Friday of April to pay tribute to the tree. Citizens are invited to attend the celebration where Keep Manatee Beautiful plants native trees at a city or county park.

May

Golf Tournament – A best-ball four-person scramble to raise funds to support Keep Manatee Beautiful’s programs.

September

Keep America Beautiful National Planting Day – This day raises awareness about the importance of planting native species.

Awards Celebration – Businesses, governmental agencies, neighborhoods, multi-family communities and citizens are recognized for surpassing the norm in their cleanup, recycling and landscaping efforts.

October

International Coastal Cleanup – The International Coastal Cleanup is sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy. Locally, Keep Manatee Beautiful coordinates Adopt-A-Highway, Road and Shore groups to do cleanups on their adopted sections. In addition, other volunteers can report to check-in centers on Anna Maria Island, Cortez Village, Wares Creek, Emerson Point Preserve, Terra Ceia, and Braden and Manatee Rivers.

November

America Recycles Day at SandBlast – This fun family event draws attention to the natural beauty of our beaches. Held on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico on Anna Maria Island, amateur teams in school and adult divisions compete in a sand sculpture competition and raise funds to support Keep Manatee Beautiful’s programs. Learn the “Tips, Tricks and Techniques” of sand sculpture at free clinics taught by master sculptors Team Sandtastic at sunset on Thursday and Friday, while the competition is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. To sponsor a school’s team, visit our Donate page starting in September or call (941) 795-8272.