Spring Cleanup

4,000 volunteers, 63 locations, 1 Day

Come volunteer and have a blast at the 23rd Annual Milwaukee Riverkeeper Spring River Cleanup! This spring, be one of nearly 4,000 volunteers joining together across the Milwaukee River Basin to pick up over 100,000 pounds of trash, get outdoors, and help us achieve swimmable, fishable rivers. Don’t miss out!

Event Details


Saturday, April 21, 2018
9:00am – 12:00pm


More than 60 locations across the Milwaukee River Basin!


Milwaukee Riverkeeper provides the gloves, trash bags, and amazing FREE T-SHIRTS. YOU provide the hands and energy to pick up the interesting and sometimes bizarre trash that finds its way into our beautiful river system.


Join us at afterwards at Estabrook Park for our FREE celebration with Rock the Green!

Location: Estabrook Park-Parking Lot near Picnic Area #8 (4400 N Estabrook Dr//Milwaukee)
Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM


Click the map to explore our different locations, then select a site and follow the registration link to sign up. Register as an individual or as a group! Every volunteer receives one of our awesome, unique, FREE Spring River Cleanup t-shirts!

For a full list of sites, click the Register for the Spring Cleanup button below!

Map Legend

Class III:  These locations have a ton of trash and need lots of help! You will be busy all morning!

Class II: These locations typically have plenty of trash, but not as much as a Class III location. You may have a more moderate intensity cleanup.

Class I: These locations still need your care and attention, but the workload may be lighter and less intense.

Bring Your Own Boat: Participants bring their own canoes. Registration is required!

Invasive Plant Removal: Come pull the invasive plants that are choking out our precious native species! Registration is required!

Show Us Your Trash Contest!

  • Take a picture of any unique or unusual item(s) you find during the Spring Cleanup!
  • Post your photo(s) to any one of Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s social media channels.
  • Include the hashtags #MRKCleanup23 #ShowUsYourTrash in the photo post.
  • Posting your photo(s) and using the the hashtags automatically enters you to win!

Become a River Rockstar!

On April 21st, you’ll be cleaning up our rivers, but for us to continue this work all year long, we need your help! We are asking you to collect pledges for every bag of trash you fill during the cleanup. Send your pledge form with your collected pledges and personal contact information to Milwaukee Riverkeeper by May 5, 2018. Or, you can set up your own fundraiser for Milwaukee Riverkeeper on Facebook!

If you raise or give over $100, you will be entered to win a ride on the Milwaukee Riverkeeper boat for you and five of your friends with your very own tour guide, our Riverkeeper, Cheryl Nenn!

Want to know more?

Send questions or concerns to Rose Alvarez at rivercleanup@milwaukeeriverkeeper.org  or call 414-342-0892.

Interested in becoming a Milwaukee Riverkeeper Business Member?

Check out all of the great benefits your company or organization will receive as a Milwaukee Riverkeeper business member here or email christina@milwaukeeriverkeeper.org or call 414-287-0207 to sign up!