Nehalem Bay Estuary Cleanup returns for the 10th year on Saturday, March 11. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Opportunities range from collecting debris, sorting materials, helping with set-up and take down, and food service. Nehalem Bay State Park will have special activities for children that will help them understand why coastal cleanups are so important.

Orientation begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Wheeler Masonic Hall at Handy Creek Bakery, 63 North Highway 101, in downtown Wheeler.

Bring drinking water and snack or bag lunch. This is a rain or shine event. Wear waterproof boots, work gloves, and layers as needed.

After the cleanup, starting at 5 p.m., volunteers are invited to the White Clover Grange at 36585 Highway 53, Nehalem for live music, a chili and cornbread feast, root beer floats, and socializing. Bring a dry change of clothes for the party.

In addition, the Nehalem Estuary Cleanup Photo Contest invites submissions from the Nehalem volunteers and attendees from 10th Biennial Nehalem Bay Estuary Cleanup are invited to submit photos from the day of the event to by March 15. The winning photographer will receive a gift certificate to a local business and be featured in print and online press about the event. For more information, visit or contact Lower Nehalem Watershed Council Coordinator, Alix Lee at



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