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Volunteering for the Pathway and River Cleanup


The Pathway and River Cleanup is an annual event involving thousands of volunteers who generously donate their time to help clean up Calgary. This year's event will take place on Sunday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to noon.

​Registration for the 2018 Pathway and River Cleanup is now closed, however you can join the conversation on cleanup day by searching #yyccleans.
Parks volunteers

Volunteer registration

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 be assigned to one.

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, you will be assigned to one.
  • Volunteers may request a specific cleanup location at the time of registration. We will do our best to accommodate specific location requests, but cannot guarantee preferred placement.
  • If you do not request a specific location, one will still be assigned to you.

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.