The eight P6 pupils held the litter pick between Whinnyfold and Cruden Bay.
The John Muir Award has four different aspects to complete through three different levels and the Ellon pupils successfully completed the Discovery award last November.
Since then, they have been working towards their Explorer award through Discovering new wild places along the coastline, Exploring them, Conserving them and Sharing their experiences with others.
The beach clean was held with the support of Aberdeenshire Council and Clean up Scotland.
Although the beach selected looked clear of litter, the pupils found a large amount of tiny plastic pieces at the different tide lines, these ‘nurdles’ are disturbing the balance of our ecosystem.
The children were delighted with the rubbish they collected as it allows others to experience the beauty of our coastline as they have done.
This group has been led by Jenny Radford ASL and Intervention and Prevention teacher based at Ellon Primary School, and Janet Vavangas, a parent volunteer from Ellon Primary School.
The pupils that took part were Hiro Troup, Jason Black, Faye Paterson Scott, Paige Rennie, Lexie Walker, Leah Payton, Gretchen Smith-Wright and Duncan Soutar.