National Seashell Day is on June 21st, the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Seashell Day to be observed annually in 2017. No matter where you live, or whether it's the first day of summer or winter, here are some fun ways to celebrate seashells.
Seashell Photo Contest
We're celebrating with a photo contest, so be sure to cast your vote by June 30th for the People's Choice seashell photo!
Head to the beach and grab some shells
Kick off summer with a trip to your beach to collect some empty shells. No shells on your beach? Collect sea glass, rocks, driftwood, or your favorite beach finds or do a quick beach clean up.
Display your shells
Gather some of your shells or other beach treasures and group them in a pretty bowl or on a shelf where you can admire them.
Share photos of your favorites
Submit your favorite shell photos in the 2022 Beachcombing Seashell Photo Contest! Winners will appear in Beachcombing and the People’s Choice Winner gets an awesome prize package.
No live shelling
Seashells are homes to animals. Don’t take any shells that have a creature living in them—return them gently to the water. And don’t take too many shells, as they help create the sand we sink our toes into on the beach.
Tag your posts with #NationalSeashellDay so others can admire your photos!
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