join us for the 2nd annual
great mangrove cleanup!


Conservative estimates of the 2018 First Annual Great Mangrove Cleanup show

More Than 3,000 pounds of trash were removeD from mangrove shorelines of STEER!

This was possible only with the support of volunteers within our community.

Imagine what we can accomplish at the 2nd Annual Great Mangrove Cleanup with YOUR support!


Join uS

Saturday, April 13, 2019
9 AM – Noon

What to expect on cleanup day

  • A shuttle will be provided from Bertha Boschulte (BCB) school. Please do NOT park at VI EcoTours

  • Shore-based and boat-based teams

  • Each team will have a safety coordinator

  • Appropriate for all levels of experience with water-based activities

  • Ages 10 and up

  • NOAA Safety briefing

  • Support power boat on hand

  • A light lunch will be provided

  • Collected debris will be catalogued and used to create data maps

  • Data will be used in targeted outreach campaigns

  • All collected debris will be properly disposed of

This one-day community event will have activities for students, and children as young as 10. Pre-register using the form below.

We hope you can participate in this important event.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kristin Wilson Grimes at 340-693-1392 or or Howard Forbes, Jr. at 340-513-7203 or

register now

Name *
Are you a student?
Are you experienced operating a kayak?
Have you participated in a community cleanup before?
Did you participate in the 2018 Great Mangrove Cleanup?

The st. thomas east end reserve (steer)

The St. Thomas East End Reserve (STEER) is a Marine Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary on St. Thomas' East End. 

Within STEERs bounds is one of the last remaining large mangrove lagoons in St. Thomas. These mangroves provide protection for juvenile fish and other marine wildlife, including commercially important species. They are favored by sailors during storm events for their sheltering branches and roots, and protect the shoreline from storm surge. You can learn more about STEER at

The Great Mangrove Cleanup

STEER is adjacent to the Bovoni Landfill and is vulnerable to debris runoff from nearby guts. Overflowing trash bins were common sights after Hurricanes Irma and Maria when resources were overwhelmed.  We need your help at The Great Mangrove Cleanup! Plus, not only will the debris be removed, researchers will sort and catalogue it. The resulting information will be used for data collection purposes.

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