Canal Clean Sweep

Canal Clean Sweep is an annual statewide clean-up event that occurs along major greenways across New York State to celebrate Earth Day. Clean-ups primarily occur along the Erie and Champlain Canalways, the Glens Falls Feeder Canal, the Black River Feeder Canal, and the Rochester Riverway.

Sponsored by the New York State Canal Corporation, Parks & Trails New York has been responsible for executing Canal Clean Sweep for 19 years. Typically, this weekend witnesses 100+ spring clean-ups along major greenways, in canalside parks, and in other public areas throughout the Canal corridor.

In 2024, PTNY will be hosting Canal Clean Sweep the weekend of April 19-21, 2024. Last year more than 150 clean-up events were held along the Canal and Canalway Trail, with an estimated turnout of over 3,500 volunteers! We hope to get more sweepers out on the trail in 2024. From scout clubs to Rotary and Kiwanis chapters, Adopt-a-Trail groups, nature clubs, college students, church groups, elected officials, sports teams, and local businesses- we all come together to show our love for the Canal and Canalway Trail System.

Volunteer at an Event

Find an event near you: Use the interactive map below to find a clean-up near you. Most events are open to the public (black pin), but some are private (blue pin).

Register to volunteer: Click on a pin on the interactive map to sign up for the event you would like to attend. Make sure to note the date and time - most events occur the weekend of April 19-21, but some clean-ups might be earlier or later. This year you'll be instructed to select your preferred shirt size, while supplies last.

Reach out to your event host if you have any questions: All questions regarding specific event details should be directed at the event host. A contact email can be found at the bottom of the event description on the interactive map.

Roll up your sleeves and get to work: On the day of the event, show up at the location and time indicated on the event listing on the map and get to work. Volunteers will receive Canal Clean Sweep t-shirts and garbage bags to collect litter. We recommend bringing your own gloves and water, and wearing protective clothing.