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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.

The 2024 Pathway and River Cleanup is May 3 – 5.

Volunteer registration is now closed.

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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 17 years old)
  • Physically fit
  • Willing to get dirty
  • Able to commit to three hours of clean up on one of the three event days

All Pathway and River Cleanup volunteers must be registered.

Please review the following before registering as a volunteer:

  • You are encouraged to register as a group (minimum of 10 people) with a designated leader. If you do not have a group, you can choose a location and join a team led by Calgary Parks staff.
  • You 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 have a preferred cleanup location, one will be assigned to you.
  • All registered groups are welcome to pick whichever day of the three-day event works best for them. Your group volunteer day will be confirmed with you prior to the event. 
  • Individual volunteers' cleanup day is on Sunday, May 5.

Group leaders

Each group must have a designated leader. New group leaders are required to attend a one-hour, online orientation session.

Group leaders will be responsible for:

  • Recording and submitting 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 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, 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.

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