Paddle With A Purpose – Origami Paddler

Paddle With A Purpose

Paddle with a Purpose is our initiative calling you to actively engage with others who share our vision for clean water everywhere. There are hundreds of ongoing research projects using ordinary people volunteering as Citizen Science agents. It's easy to be active!

Volunteer data collectors send information from the field with their smartphones. Currently, there are over 100 projects listed relating to water research all over the US posted on Listed research projects span a broad spectrum of topics. For a list of current water projects CLICK HERE!

Because our family is international, the kind of water and the issues faced vary by location. Consequently, we believe that providing numerous volunteer choices is the best means to kickstart Paddle with a Purpose.

Donate your time to worthwhile causes! Your efforts can positively affect people's lives and the environment. Making a difference is not just about making money. Life is about making a meaningful place in the world.


Then post your stories in our Facebook group to spread the love.

You are the people who make the Origami Paddler Family. Participate! We want to hear from you. Someone said you don't just have friendships, you have to make them. Friends are our biggest assets, so let’s gather together and do something good for the environment and one another.

If you have not yet joined, sign up to join The Origami Paddler Family here.


Some key words and phrases to do a web search for volunteering include:

"clean water action" and "water quality volunteer activities"

Programs We Support

The Globe Program Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment

Societies around the world are dependent on water bodies (lakes, rivers, etc.) and water quality determines how water can be used. Is it fit to drink? Is it safe to swim in? Can it be used in agriculture? GLOBE Hydrosphere protocols enable you to take accurate measurements of the often changing quality of water bodies near you. In addition, water temperature can affect local climate and weather and is affected by them as part of the Earth system water cycle. Mosquito habitat observations help all of us track the potential spread of certain diseases and the protocol encourages removing mosquito breeding sites.

More info:

Call: (toll-free) 1-800-858-9947

Email: To schedule an online meeting, indicate your request in the email form below and include the dates/times you're available to meet.

National Water Quality Monitoring Council

As of 2014, there are 350 Volunteer Monitoring Groups and 20 Volunteer Monitoring Service Providers that together assist an additional 1,350 efforts, equating to 1,720 groups across the USA conducting volunteer monitoring and associated activities.

Explore our interactive map showing a visual directory for where this activity is occurring across the USA.

NOAA Coastal Inundation Water Level Collection

Click on this link Citizen Science at NOAA to explore many ways to volunteer.

The Nurdle Patrol

A nurdle is a plastic pellet that serves as raw material in the manufacturing of plastic products. Nurdles are washing up on our beaches, riverbanks, and lake shorelines by the millions. Help us find and map the source by conducting your nurdle survey. Just let us know how many pellets you found and where. You can submit your findings here!

The Ocean Cleanup

We are designing and developing cleanup systems to clean up polluting our oceans and to intercept plastic on its way to the ocean via rivers. The Ocean Cleanup has estimated to be able to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every five years.

A significant percentage of the plastic that enters the oceans from rivers and other sources during a transfer that takes many years drifts into large systems of circulating ocean currents, known as gyres. Once trapped, the plastic slowly breaks down into micro-plastics becoming easier to be mistaken for food by sea life.

There are currently two different ways you can get involved as a volunteer citizen scientist anytime, anywhere: the River Survey and the Ocean Survey.

Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves, and beaches for all people through a powerful activist network. If you're interested in building a relationship with your local Surfrider chapter, that can be facilitated by reaching out to your chapter, volunteering at their events, and finding ways to support and stay involved.

From testing our coastal waters to ensuring that runoff stays in your garden to reducing plastic pollution, Surfrider's programs help ensure that our marine ecosystems are protected. Our network grows stronger with every chapter and club we add. Find a chapter or club near you.

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the Surfrider Foundation. Join our network and help us tackle the issues that face our ocean, waves, and beaches.