Who Made the Coolest Posts for #PlayCleanGo Week?

The third annual PlayCleanGo Awareness Week was June 5-12, 2021 across North America. 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. 

Major thank you to every person, partner organization, social media manager, and friend who participated in PlayCleanGo Awareness Week 2021

Numbers are finally in, and we’re excited to share the highlights!

PlayCleanGo Awareness Week by the Numbers

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and PlayCleanGo’s own social media channels earned 50,000 impressions

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in states and provinces all across Canada, the United States, and Mexico

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Mexico joined for the first time this year. We are really proud of that.

Ever since NAISMA signed an agreement with Comisión Nacional Para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO) in México, PlayCleanGo has gone full-steam ahead with translating:

PlayCleanGo Awareness Week in the Media

Our very own PlayCleanGo Program Manager Krista Lutzke appeared on national media outlets this year including the U.S. Department of Agriculture Radio, and Celtic, Inc.’s Over a Pint podcast.

Also, what lover of outdoor recreation WOULDN’T be stoked to see PlayCleanGo Awareness Week previewed on Outside Business Journal?! Classic!

screenshot of Outside Business Journal article about PlayCleanGo Awareness Week

What You Shared During PlayCleanGo Awareness Week

One of the best assets of the PlayCleanGo program is you. Social media that shows simple behaviors such as brushing boots and cleaning boats encourages your friends to join the fun!

Here are some examples from across social media.

We love that message of making PlayCleanGo Awareness Week last all year.

Heading north to Nova Scotia, here’s a peek in the laundry of Ken Donnelly. Way to “look spiffy!”

Thanks Erika for doing your part on your trail running adventures and making the time to post about it on Strava and Twitter!

Lesley wins the award for “most scenic” shot:

Finally, it wasn’t just individuals who promoted #PlayCleanGoWeek. We were proud to see invasive species prevention posts by some high-profile parks and trail groups including the National Park Service, Partnership for the National Trails System, the Appalachian Trails Conservancy, and the USDA Forest Service’s Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Want to see more partner organizations’ posts? Check out this blog post at our parent organization, NAISMA.org.

Thanks and See You Next Year!

One more thank you to PlayCleanGo Awareness Week’s other two prevention partner organizations, Don’t Move Firewood and Hungry Pests.

And most of all, thank YOU to everyone who participated.

We’ll see you next year for PlayCleanGo Awareness Week June 4-11, 2022!

113 new people signed the PlayCleanGo pledge during PlayCleanGo Awareness Week.

When you take the PlayCleanGo pledge, you help outdoor spaces AND support their land and water stewards’ efforts to stop the spread of invasive species. Plus, we’ll send you more tips and tricks on preventing invasive species in the places you love.

Don’t wait until next summer to make your commitment. Sign the pledge today!

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