Sandy Point Island, NL (Photo by NCC)

Sandy Point Island, NL (Photo by NCC)

Sandy Point Beach Cleanup

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July 29, 2023

Stephenville Crossing, NL

Time: 9:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. George’s Marina, 16 Church Street, St. George’s, NL

Looking for an opportunity to help protect coastal nesting habitat? Join us for a day of shoreline cleanup at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Sandy Point Nature Reserve.

Sandy Point is a 1,000-hectare island in St. George’s Bay, on the southwest coast of Newfoundland. Its diverse landscape, with dunes and salt marshes, is uncommon to this coastal region, which is typically made up of rocky shorelines and steep cliffs. Such a unique environment attracts numerous bird species, including the endangered piping plover. Historically, Sandy Point was once the largest community on the western edge of the province. Today, you can still see the structural remains of the island’s former inhabitants. NCC is currently protecting nine properties here, totalling almost 28 hectares.

Not only is this an opportunity to reduce the risks of marine debris to both land-based and marine species, but it also gives everyone a chance to explore this formerly settled island and learn a bit more about the natural and historic uniqueness of Sandy Point. It’s also rewarding to see our progress throughout the day.

Pre-registration for this event is required.

Please note:

  • This event will be weather dependent.
  • All tools will be provided by NCC.
  • Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided closer to the event day. 
  • Trail difficulty: easy to moderate.
  • No toilets will be available on-site, so please be sure to stop on your way to the event. Toilet paper and hand sanitizer will be available on-site.

Equipment checklist

  • closed-toe footwear
  • long pants
  • light layers
  • rain jacket
  • water bottle
  • hat
  • bug spray
  • sunscreen
  • any necessary medications


Please call or email Jennifer Sullivan, Newfoundland and Labrador stewardship coordinator, at (709)-753-5540 or jennifer.sullivan@natureconservancy.ca.

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