Adopting programs play an important role in environmental stewardship. Adopting a stretch of road, highway, shoreline, or park is as easy as organizing your club, association, school or church to volunteer several times per year to pick up litter and debris, or do other beautification or service projects.
Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful invites all Adopting groups to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup and Great American Cleanup events.
See below for all the Adopting programs available in Palm Beach County.
Adopt a Highway
Volunteers can "Adopt" a two-mile section of a state highway, removing litter at least four times a year and dedicating at least two years to the program. FDOT will assist with safety meetings, provide safety vests and litter bags, and pick up collected litter at specific pre-arranged locations.
Adopt-a-Highway signs, recognizing the volunteer group, will be posted at the beginning and end of their section.
Contact: Mary L. Houghtaling
FDOT West Palm Beach Maintenance Office
Adopt a Spot
Adopt-A-Spot groups can conduct litter cleanups and beautification projects in their area or "spot." Administered by the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County's Customer Information Services Department (CIS), the Adopt-A-Spot program is one in which any size group can participate. SWA provides necessary tools and supplies once a group has committed to conducting at least 2 cleanup/beautification projects per year.
Contact: Joanna Aiken
Solid Waste Authority
Adopt a Road
Volunteers can "Adopt" a minimum one mile section of a county road, removing litter at least four times a year and dedicating at least two years to the program. The County will assist with safety meetings, provide safety vests and litter bags, and pick up collected litter at specific pre-arranged locations.
Adopt-a-Road signs, recognizing the volunteer group, will be posted at the beginning and end of their section
Contact: Owen Miley
Palm Beach County Engineering Dept.
Adopt a Park
A volunteer group can coordinate regular cleanups of an "adopted" Palm Beach County park and the Parks and Recreation Department will provide all the necessary litter removal supplies.
·A sign will be installed in the adopted park recognizing the volunteer group's commitment to improving our community.
Contact: Sherry Thompson
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department
Adopt a Street
Volunteers who wish to "Adopt" a city street, should contact their local municipality's Public Works Department to check whether they have an Adopt a Street Program. Requirements will vary per municipal program.
Adopt A Natural Area
The Adopt A Natural Area program is open to individuals, civic groups, and businesses interested in promoting and
maintaining county-owned and managed natural areas. Adopters perform specific tasks or services that benefit the
natural area as well as raise community awareness about the site. Examples include, but are not limited to, public
education events, maintaining information displays in public or business locations, biological monitoring, invasive plant removal, native planting and clean-up events.
The adoption agreement is for one year, and can be renewed annually.
Department of Environmental Resource Management