Second Annual Yarmouth March for the Ocean (YM4O)

Be part of the wave when Cousins Island is awash in BLUE on June 8th, for this school-sanctioned, whole-community event on World Oceans Day Weekend! Show that you love and care about our one precious ocean. Learn how YOU can make a difference.  (RAIN OR SHINE!)


Date:  June 8, 2019

Time:  Beach events begin at 9:30 and March will end at approximately 10:30

Where:  We will begin at Sandy Point Beach on Cousins Island in Yarmouth, Maine, and end at Madeleine Point on Cousins Island

(we will be on the sidewalk except for the last stretch on Madeleine Point Rd.)


Distance: 1.5 miles from beach to beach. Plan accordingly for your return. Parking is available along Cousins Street and on Madeleine Point Road. BEST option: We've been granted special permission to use the power plant turnaround lot on the corner of Wharf Road and Cousins Street with FREE shuttle service! Please consider earth-friendly ways, like carpooling, to join us for YM4O.

The Yarmouth March for the Ocean is focused on celebrating all life in the ocean, and doing our part to lessen our impact.



• Wear BLUE!

• Consider creating an ocean-themed costume, a small float (that is on a pulled wagon), or some other type of display that shows a message about caring for our ocean

• Come with family and/or friends

• Wear sunscreen


• Come with enthusiasm for helping our ocean

• Come prepared to help with the beach clean-up and learn more about the health of the ocean (BRING WORK GLOVES if you have them!)

• Bring your kid-friendly dog on a short leash, if you'd like. (NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THE BEACH, but they are welcome in the March.)


• Make/bring any signs with political views or politicians. 

• Come without a parent if you are fourth grade or below.

• Ride anything with wheels, motorized or non-motorized (strollers are fine; pulled wagons for a miniature float are also fine)

• Bring single-use water bottles

• Litter



Be there by 9:30, when the fun begins at Sandy Point Beach!    The actual March (walk) from Sandy Point Beach to Madeleine Point will begin at approximately 10:00.


A Beach clean-up (BRING WORK GLOVES if you have them!)

Activities and education about plastics/microplastics 

Information tables 

Face Painting!

An Ocean-themed COSTUME CONTEST (please NO GLITTER, as most glitter is a form of microplastic)

A DIY Balloon-Alternative CRAFT TABLE (with ideas for celebrating the balloon-free way, and a simple craft to make for Marchers of all ages!)

•  An area to learn and share ways that you can reduce the use of plastics in your life, including the "Skip the (Plastic) Straw" campaign

(Keep watching this area -- more will be added as the date gets closer!)