For many of us, the beach is one of our happy places. With Long Beach, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach only a half-hour drive away, it’s simple enough to run head to the shore to frolic, play in the water, and soak in the sun.

If you have a desire to see your beach cleaned up, then you’re in the right place. Pick a date and time, spread the word, make a plan, and share your success. Here are a few tips to make your beach cleaning experience be successful.

Pick a Date and Time

The best time to clean a beach is at the beginning of a warm season. Pick a day in early fall or late spring. Low tide is always the very best time to put a cleanup project in action; that is when garbage is most exposed. And make sure to begin your event just as the tide is starting to head out.

Get Your Group Together

Beaches are opening, but there are still restrictions in place. That means that, while you might dream of rallying the entire city for a cleanup, you’ll probably be better off keeping your group small—preferably close friends and family. Observe social distancing guidelines, and make sure ahead of time whether or not the parking lot has been reopened where you’re going. For example, Long Beach’s parking lots are closed, while Newport’s are fully reopened.

Share Your Accomplishments

When it comes to community service, it is completely okay to brag about it, especially on social media. Instagram is a great social media app to share photos. People want to see what you and your team have accomplished. Perhaps you can even get your local government officials to chime in on your success.

Cleaning your local beach is a noble endeavor to undertake. It shows the community that there are people that care, and can actually make a difference while maintaining social distancing practices.