PlayCleanGo Awareness Week


The first-ever PlayCleanGo Awareness Week took place June 1–8, 2019 across North America. THANK YOU to all who made it a success!

The goal of the campaign is to show outdoor enthusiasts how they can stop invasive plants and pests from spreading — while enjoying the great outdoors! Dozens of free materials are available on this webpage to help you spread the word and Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks!


The PlayCleanGo Take Action photo contest is now closed. We plan to launch a new contest for PlayCleanGo Awareness Week 2020!


These free resources can be used to raise awareness by any agency, organization, educator, business, or individual:

Take the PlayCleanGo Pledge


Share this infographic to tell the story of why invasive species are harmful, how they are spread through recreation, and the easy things we can do to stop their spread while enjoying the great outdoors:


Social Media Posts

Copy these messages and post them on your social media accounts between June 1 and June 8 — or schedule them right now so you don't forget! For greater impact, add images from your own camera roll or collection.

Our favorite recreation spots are being overrun by rude guests. Give invasive species the brush off — Take the PlayCleanGo Pledge today! #PlayCleanGoWeek 

The bad news: People spread invasive species with our boots, tires, boats, firewood, pets, and horses. The GOOD news: These are also the ways we can STOP invasives from spreading! 10 Things You Can Do To Stop Invasive Species: #PlayCleanGoWeek 

There are 50,000 invasive species in the US — but more than 330 million recreationists visiting national parks each year! If we all clean our gear, we can make a difference! Get PlayCleanGo facts and tips here: #PlayCleanGoWeek 

Take these easy steps to stop invasive species: Stay on trails. Clean your gear, clothes, and animals. Take the PlayCleanGo Pledge today! #PlayCleanGoWeek 

On its own, emerald ash borer moves less than four miles a year. But with help from people, it can cover 55 miles per hour. Don't move firewood: Buy it where you burn it! #PlayCleanGoWeek 

Invasive species cost the US $138 billion per year in environmental damages, control and losses. But recreationists can help, just by cleaning our gear! 10 Things You Can Do To Stop Invasive Species: #PlayCleanGoWeek 

400 of 598 US threatened or endangered species are at risk because of invasive species. You can help, just by cleaning your gear and your ride! Get PlayCleanGo facts and tips here: #PlayCleanGoWeek 

You might be a pro at outdoor recreation, but are you using PlayCleanGo's pro-tips to Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks? Get the pro-tips today! #ProTip #PlayCleanGoWeek


These materials are available for the media as well as for awareness raising by any agency, organization, educator, business, or individual. Help spread the word about PlayCleanGo Awareness Week!

  • National News Release: For media and partners, consistent language to spread the word about #PlayCleanGoWeek, including a quote from the national campaign manager.
  • Local News Release Template: Download this Word doc, follow the prompts to describe your agency's #PlayCleanGoWeek event, and share with your local media!
  • PlayCleanGo Awareness Week Toolkit: 5-page PDF answers the "who - what - when - where - why" and gives 10 things your organization or agency can do to participate. Great for sharing with a team or partners.
  • Radio PSA: Send this public service announcement to the news director at your local radio station, with a request to air June 1–8! To play, click here, and then click the 3 dots to download as MP3.


The following animated explainer videos help tell the PlayCleanGo story in a fun and easy way! To embed them in your website or share via social media or email, just click Share in the upper right of the video — or share on social media using the SHARE buttons below.


Click on the map below to learn about PlayCleanGo partner events in your area.

Hosting an event? SUBMIT YOUR EVENT HERE to have it added to the map!

Join PlayCleanGo



PlayCleanGo Awareness Week is sponsored by three organizations: