Six Things I Learned during Marine Debris Monday

marine debris mondayWhen I first conceived of Marine Debris Monday in 2016, I just thought of it as a simple way to encourage neighbors to go pick up trash by water a few times this summer. The season seemed to be speeding by us, and I knew if we waited for a BIG Organized Event to take place, we might not get anything done at all. So, I figured starting small was worthwhile. A few evenings picking up trash—with no sign up sheets, no team leader, no rules or regulations—would be better than nothing.

Now that the first Marine Debris Monday has passed, I can say I’ve gotten more out of it than the satisfaction of cleaning up my “backyard” a bit. Here are six things I’ve learned:


Marine Debris Mondays and YOU

Photo by Mark Bandy

Photo by Mark Bandy

We would love for you to join us for three Marine Debris Mondays: July 31, August 14, and August 28, 2017.

These will be casual clean-up events with no central meeting place, no sign-up sheets. Just a bunch of Back Creek neighbors out on our creek on small boats — canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, fishing boats, whatever — to pick up trash on and along the water.

Most of us will head out at 5:30 after work by paddleboard or kayak with garbage bags in hand (but you may go out whenever you like). If you do participate, please take a picture of the trash you have picked up and send it to so that we can have a visual of what we have found in the creek. We will participate rain or shine, unless there’s lightning. Questions? Just email.

We’ll send out reminders before each event. Hope you can join us!

Five Ways You Can Help Back Creek Today

Five Ways You Can Help Back Creek Conservancy Now (even if you’re busy)

We’re hosting our first big fundraiser, the Feet for the Creek Walkathon on Sunday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It’s a 6K walk around the creek (shorter route for kids) from Annapolis Sailing School to Davis’s Park, across from the Pub, where you will catch a boat back to the start, where there will be a food truck and live music.

Here are five ways you could help us to register 100 more walkers:

  1. If you are on social media, please share this link and encourage people to participate: LINK TO SHARE.
  2. If you’re free to join us next week, please sign up today for $25! SIGN UP HERE… and then tell 10 friends about it.
  3. If you’d like to volunteer, super! We still need 12 volunteers. VOLUNTEER SIGN UP HERE.
  4. If you can’t make it but would like to donate a little something, why not register anyway? It’s a $25 donation that would make a difference in our water quality monitoring and shoreline stewardship programs this summer. REGISTER
  5. If you’d like to give more, wow! We would be deeply appreciative. Here’s the SPONSORSHIP page.… You may also donate by clicking on the yellow “donate” button on the bottom right of any page of our website.

Questions? Email

Find all the details for Feet for the Creek on this page.

Sunday Afternoon Kind of Music on Back Creek

When we were looking for musicians for the Back Creek Conservancy’s Feet for the Creek Walkathon on May 21, we envisioned some happy kind of Sunday afternoon on the creek music that would work for both adults and kids… and we found just the right Annapolis band: Guava Jelly.

So when you’re done doing the 6K walk around the creek—or the shorter version for families with small children—you can come back to the starting point at Annapolis Sailing School, check out the food truck, enjoy a beverage, and relax to happy music with an island vibe. Below, find a promo video to give you a taste of the band’s style.

For registration and more information on the Walkathon, click here. For more about Guava Jelly, click here.

Volunteer at a Fun Party for Eastport Oktoberfest and Beer Can Regatta

A group lining up to race their boats at the Beer Can Regatta

A group lining up to race their boats at the Beer Can Regatta

Would you like to volunteer for a fun party that benefits Back Creek Conservancy? Here’s your chance.

Chesapeake Outdoor Group’s Eastport Oktoberfest and Beer Can Regatta September 24 will be held at the Eastport Democratic Club. We need help working the front gate, working the bar, and acting as a “runner,” as well as set up and tear down.

Sign up for a TWO-HOUR SHIFT here. Bring friends!

This is a very casual jeans, tee shirt, and flip flop kind of event. Live music from 2-6 will include Swamp Candy and other awesome local talent. Party will be held rain or shine.