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Volunteering for the Pathway and River Cleanup

Parks volunteers

The Pathway and River Cleanup is an annual event involving thousands of volunteers who generously donate their time to help clean up Calgary.

Volunteer registration

Registration for the 50th annual Pathway and River Cleanup will open in March 2017.

To volunteer for the Pathway and River Cleanup, you must be:

  • 12 years or older
  • Accompanied by a parent or guardian (if you're between 12 and 16 years old)
  • Physically fit
  • Willing to get dirty
  • Able to commit to three hours of clean up on event day

Volunteers are encouraged to register as a group with a designated leader. Any registered volunteers without a group will have one assigned to them.

All Pathway and River Cleanup volunteers must be registered.

Pathway and River Cleanup volunteers

To register as a volunteer, please review the following:

  • You are encouraged to register as a group with a designated leader. If you do not have a group, one will be assigned to you.
  • To request a specific cleanup location, view the map and choose your preferred area. Include the name of your preferred area in your volunteer registration form. We will do our best to accommodate your request, but cannot guarantee your preferred placement.
  • If you do not have a preferred cleanup location, one will be assigned to you.
  • Complete and submit the volunteer registration form.

Group leaders

Each group must have a designated leader. New group leaders are required to attend a one-hour, in-person orientation session. Returning group leaders must attend the orientation session every three years, but must complete annual online training.

Group leaders will be responsible for the following:

  • Recording and submitting group member names and signatures for insurance purposes (forms must be submitted by event day).
  • Conducting a group member orientation session prior to event day to communicate event logistics and safety procedures.
  • Ensuring the safe and effective clean up of their designated area.

Personal safety

The personal safety of our volunteers is top priority. Risks will be minimized as much as possible. However, volunteers may come in contact with the following:

  • Tripping hazards
  • Unstable ground or rocky shorelines
  • Heavy or bulky items
  • Sharp items (e.g. glass, metal, discarded needles)
  • Hazardous materials
  • Illegal campsites

Volunteers will receive safety information and training prior to event day.

If you have any questions about volunteering for the Pathway and River Cleanup, please contact 311.