Pick up litter in your local park on
September 5-11, 2020
More People in Our Parks Means More Litter
Did you know that Colorado Parks are being used twice as much during social distancing for COVID-19? Brownies from Troop 65750 noticed. Our Girl Scouts also saw that more people, picnics, and play also brought more litter. After learning about litter and trash pollution from research and talking to experts, our Brownies were inspired to Take Action!
Love the Earth Park Clean Up Day
Join us September 5-11 and pick up trash in your local park. We’ve all been outside more and now it’s time to clean up!
Girl Scouts: Earn a Fun Patch
Colorado Girl Scouts who participate in Love the Earth Park Clean Up on September 5-11, 2020 can earn a fun patch! To log your participation and qualify, girls and troops can:
You must order your patch by September 30, 2020.
Love the Outdoors Challenge
Remember that picking up a park counts towards #23 in the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoor Challenge!
We are excited to host Love the Earth Park Clean Up the week before Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend. Troop 65750 encourages all Girl Scouts to get outside and show our parks some love. They have been used twice as much during COVID-19.
How to Participate
Pick up Litter September 5-11
Go out to your favorite park sometime during the week of September 5-11, 2020 and pick up litter. Choose a playground, open space, sports field, any park you enjoy.
Connect with us
Join our Facebook event to get updates and share your park pick up efforts with others!
Register your participation
Next, log your participation on our site. Our Brownies want to know they are making a difference.
You Will Need
- Mask / face covering
- Bucket or bag
- Trash grabber (optional)
We welcome anyone to participate in this event. Please wear bright colors to be visible to others and go in a group (sized for physical distancing) for safety. Girl Scouts should always adhere to Girl Scout safety guidelines including participating with a leader or caregiver.
Keeping Safe During a Litter Pickup Event
Participation in picking up litter is always voluntary and solely at a participant’s own risk, including risk associated with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). Individuals should only participate to the extent that they can comply with applicable federal, state, and local rules and restrictions, and the below required practices including physical distancing.
Learn More About Litter
Our Brownie Girl Scouts were curious about the problem of litter and asked some good questions to find out more before taking action. Here are some of the resources we used to inspire and inform our project.
- We verified our observation that Colorado Parks were being used more from the Google Mobility Report dated July 10, 2020. This report says they are used 98% more, almost twice as much as the baseline.
- We learned that increased park usage was hurting our environment in Colorado from Denver Parks and Recreation. While this report does not talk about trash, we made a connection.
- Littering Personal Protection Equipment is a growing problem during the COVID-19 pandemic. We read about it on the CNN website.
- We wondered what the top reasons why people littered were and found out from Keep America Beautiful. They are: 1. People feel no sense of ownership for the property; 2. People believe someone else will clean up after them; and 3. Litter has already accumulated.
- We talked with litter expert Brad Paterson from Denver Solid Waste Management to learn how Denver cleans up its litter. Thank you again for your time, Mr. Brad!