ELKHORN SLOUGH: FAMILY NATURE DAYS, STARTING  JULY 2, 10 AM – 2 PM

“Join us every first Saturday of the month in Summer (June-Sept) for free pop-up exhibits at the Reserve! Explore a new natural phenomenon each month, from birds and mammals to plants and plankton. Hands-on activities, crafts, and games will be led by Reserve Naturalists, and self-guided trail activities will be available for further discovery! All activity materials will be offered in English and Spanish, with bilingual Naturalists on hand as well. FREE! No registration is required! Come build your love of nature with us! Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road” More info HERE.

CALEDNA: BIOBLITZ AT PINTO LAKE, JULY 7, 9 AM – NOON

“Pinto Lake suffers from seasonal toxic algae blooms. Researchers at CALeDNA are studying how these blooms affect the plants, animals, bacteria & fungi that live in the lake. Come learn how to take biological samples of sediment and water, collect the samples, log them and submit your data. For more info and to sign up contact Jen Gomez at jen.caledna@gmail.com or 831-332-2089.”

SEYMOUR CENTER: YOUNGER LAGOON RESERVE TOUR, JULY 7, 10:30 – NOON

“The 90 minute behind-the-scenes hiking tours of the Younger Lagoon Reserve are led by experienced docents. These tours are offered on selected Thursdays and Saturdays of each month and are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 18 participants. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Tours are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines.” Register HERE.

COASTAL WATERSHED COUNCIL: RIVER HEALTH DAY, JULY 9, 10 AM – NOON

“Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem! Join us for our River Health Day and plant and maintain native seedlings along the banks of the San Lorenzo River to increase biodiversity and revitalize the river ecosystem. We will meet on the east riverbank between the Soquel Ave and Laurel Street bridges.” For more info and registration go HERE.

ELKHORN SLOUGH: GARDEN DAYS, JULY 16, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

“Learn the in’s and out’s of native plant landscaping while helping the Reserve maintain our new native gardens! Each third Saturday we spend time exploring a new topic in native plant gardening, and then work on a project in the gardens. Work changes with the season and may involve weeding, planting, or collecting native seeds. All ages and abilities are welcome, but everyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.” Info and sign up HERE.

S C MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: SATURDAYS IN THE SOIL, July 16, 10 AM – NOON

“It’s time to get your hands dirty at our monthly volunteer program in our native plant garden. Learn about local ecology, native plants, and sustainable gardening while coming together as a community (in a physically distanced manner) to steward Tyrrell Park through the City’s Adopt-A-Park program. This native plant garden requires general landscaping, occasional watering, weeding, and replanting. All ages are welcome; children under 14 require adult supervision. Please follow current state and local guidelines for covid safety at the time of the program. Every third Saturday at the SC Museum of Natural History.”  RSVPs are required. Email volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org to express interest. More info HERE.

AMAH MUTSUN LAND TRUST: TENDING TO THE AMAH MUTSUN GARDEN AT THE PIE RANCH, July 16, 1 – 4 PM 

“Volunteers have been an essential part of our repair and regeneration efforts after the CZU August Lightning Complex fire burned through Pie Ranch. Designed by tribal member, Matthew Lopez, the Native Garden is shaped like a pie with pathways representing the four directions. Each “pie slice” represents different ethnobotanical native plants featuring grassland foods, fibers and basketry plants, nuts and berries, and personal care. Some of us will stay in the garden for the whole work shift and some will venture to other projects around the farm.  Volunteers help with planting, weeding, harvests, culling and mulching. There is also maintenance work to be done. Volunteer work days at  Pie Ranch are on the third Saturday of each month. Pie Ranch, 2080 Green Oaks Way, Pescadero.” To RSVP go HERE  or email: aarganbright@amahmutsun.org

FOREST OF NISENE MARKS TRAIL WORK DAY, JULY 17, 9:30 AM – 2 PM, 2 – 4 HOUR SHIFTS

“Join us for a trail work day in Nisene Marks SP! You’ll feel great to be of service and give back to the park we all love! Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and comfortable shoes you can hike to work site in as well as work/garden gloves if you have them. Bring a bag lunch and water. State Parks will provide liability release and all tools needed. Past work days have included installing and removing seasonal bridges, cutting trees that have fallen across the trail, removing ivy, and brushing back overgrown trails. Wide range of jobs to fit everyone! 3rd Sunday of each month, 9:30 am, 2 – 4hr. shifts. Covid safe. Meet at 9:30am at the entrance kiosk, coffee and baked goods will be available!” Info HERE.

SEYMOUR CENTER: THE OMINOUS OCEAN – ROGUE WAVES, RIP CURRENTS, AND OTHER DANGERS, GARY GRIGGS, JULY 17, 1:30 – 3 PM

“The oceans cover 71% of the planet and pose a myriad of hazards to everyone from blue-water sailors to the casual beachcomber. From rip currents to rogue waves, the possibilities for some water-borne calamity seem endless, but in most cases, a deadly outcome can be avoided or at least mitigated by having a better understanding of the risks involved. This book presents cautionary tales of the most dangerous aspects of ocean encounters, including hazardous sea life such as sharks and rays, the power of waves, and high seas that can engulf an entire fleet of naval vessels. Lecture 1:30 -2:30 pm. Book signing 2:30 – 3 pm. Info and registration HERE.

GROUNDSWELL COASTAL ECOLOGY: SEABRIGHT COASTAL RESTORATION, July 18, 9 AM – 12:30 PM

“Come join your local community in coastal restoration at Seabright Beach. Help make our coast a better place and learn about coastal ecology. Activities vary by season: Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter, clearing invasive plants; Late Summer/Fall, native plant propagation; Fall/Winter, planting native plants. Every Monday!” More Info HERE.

WATSONVILLE WETLANDS WATCH: RESTORATION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, July 23, 9 AM – NOON

“Restoration Saturdays, 4th Saturday of the month, 9 am to noon. Community members gather to help restore wetland habitat. The work includes planting native plants, removing exotic invasive plants, and helping in our native plant greenhouse. They work from 9am until 12 noon  and always make time for bird watching or a short hike around the wetlands. We supply the gloves, tools, and a snack. Meet at the Wetlands Educational Resource Center, 500 Harkins Slough Road.” For info contact Cara.

HOMELESS GARDEN PROJECT: SUSTAIN SUPPER WITH BRYANT TERRY, JULY 23, 4 – 7:30 PM

“We are so pleased to once again gather together in community and host a Sustain Supper at Natural Bridges Farm. The evening will begin with passed appetizers and wine at 4pm, and will feature a delightful, multi-course vegetarian meal, utilizing produce grown on our farm in our programs, cooked by a team of area chefs. In addition to the signature farm-to-table meal, the event will feature local beverages, live music, a farm tour and an engaging program of speakers, including our keynote speaker, Bryant Terry.” More info and registration HERE.

SC MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: FALL VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, SEPT 10, 9 – 10:30 AM OR SEPT 15, 5:30 – 7 PM

“Interested in building community and connecting with nature? Join us for our fall Volunteer Orientation to get started. You’ll explore opportunities, learn about the Museum, and connect with fellow nature enthusiasts over snacks! Volunteers get access to special events, in-depth training and resources, and opportunities for growth and stewardship. From supporting our school group visits, gardening, helping with special events, collecting data out in nature, engaging with the public at community events, or enhancing our collection records, there are plenty of ways to get involved and volunteer with the Museum.” More about volunteering HERE.