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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 cleanup will take place on Sunday May 5, 2019.
Parks volunteers

Volunteer registration

Registration for the 2019 Pathway and River Cleanup is now open! Register online​ or by calling 311.

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

All Pathway and River Cleanup volunteers must be registered.

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.
  • When registering, volunteers may request a specific cleanup location. We will do our best to accommodate specific location requests, but cannot guarantee preferred placement.

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 are responsible for:

  • Recording and submitting member names and signatures for insurance purposes; forms must be submitted by event day
  • Conducting an orientation session for your group prior to event day, communicating event logistics and safety procedures
  • Ensuring the safe and effective cleanup of the designated cleanup area

Personal safety

The personal safety of our volunteers is top priority. Risks will be minimized as much as possible, however, you may encounter:

  • 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.

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