Surfrider Connecticut

Our Mission

The Surfrider Foundation Connecticut Chapter* is comprised of volunteers who are dedicated to the protection and restoration of Connecticut’s waterways, wetlands, watersheds, and beaches supported by Surfrider Foundation staff. The Chapter’s conservation efforts are relative to the salty waters of Long Island Sound and abutting watersheds. The Connecticut Chapter acts to achieve Surfrider’s mission through education, advocacy, and action.

The Surfrider Foundation Connecticut Chapter works with the legislature, citizens, and both governmental and non-governmental organizations on ocean and coastal issues.

Through our Chapter’s Respect the Beach program, our volunteers bring hands-on education to the classroom. Members work with schools and youth organizations to teach students about issues impacting the ocean and what can be done to protect this awesome resource. Students not only receive an understanding of our interconnected environment but acquire life-long skills of observation, recording data, generating hypotheses, experimenting, making inferences, and drawing conclusions.

As a grassroots organization, we rely on our members to implement the mission. Members participate in things such as campaigns to ban single-use plastics, beach cleanups, water monitoring, and habitat restoration. The citizens of Connecticut benefit directly from these efforts as the Connecticut Chapter acts to provide a clean and healthy environment for ALL.

We hope you will volunteer with us! Email to learn more!

*The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit environmental grassroots organization dedicated to the enjoyment and protection of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 180 chapters and clubs across the United States and Great Lakes, with international affiliates worldwide.