Shangri La Director Michael Hoke remembers 12-year-olds taking part when the Adams Bayou Trash-off began in 1995. Those same pre-teens have kids of their own now.

“We had 100 show up the first year, and mostly cleaned just the Nature Classroom area,” he said. “Now we go from MLK to Simmons Drive and from I-10 to Dupont … These areas are critical to keeping Adams Bayou free of litter since most of them drain directly into the bayou.”  

Now in its 15th year, what is now the Community Trash-Off will be Feb. 6. 

Hosted by Shangri La, the event will begin at 8 a.m. at Orange Lions Park. Team members will return to the park by 1 p.m. to enjoy pizza and soft drinks.

Families, friends, civic organizations, churches, schools or businesses can register a team and  download an online application/waiver at; or by calling 670-9113.

“To facilitate the cleaning of the bayou, we are asking those who have small boats to volunteer their time to pick up litter along the bayou,” Hoke said. 

All participants must complete a waiver for participation, which is limited to adults and children 12 and over. Teams of three to five will work throughout the morning. Those without a team will be assigned one the day of the event.  

“We really would like to encourage everyone to register with a team,” Hoke said. We had 400 show up last year and we were out cleaning in 15 minutes, but things go a lot smoother if people select a team beforehand and they can go on our Web site and do that.”

All stations must be supervised by an adult. Volunteers may bring their own gloves and are encouraged to wear old clothes, however, gloves will be provided for those without and disposable suits are available for volunteers working along Adams in their personal boats to help them stay clean. Plenty of trash grabbers and garbage bags will be provided. 

Community business owners have donated more than 100 prizes to be awarded after the event. “Last year we collected approximately 20,000 pounds of trash,” Hoke said. “Teams put bags of trash along the road sides and then other teams will pick them up.”

  For more information, go to or call 679-9113.