SAVE OUR SHORES: COWELL & MAIN BEACH CLEANUP, Sept 25, 9 – 11 AM

“We recommend that all volunteers wear closed-toed shoes, dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a filled reusable water bottle. All cleanup materials are provided, including buckets, grabbers, and gloves. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own. You can download the Save Our Shores Marine Tally App (Apple, Google) in advance of the cleanup and use it to record the debris you collect, or you can use the paper data cards that we will provide at the event. Every participant must complete a volunteer waiver. Please meet us at the base of the stairs to Cowell Beach.” For info, Tally App, registration & waiver go HERE.

SEYMOUR MARINE DISCOVERY CENTER: WATER’S EXTREME JOURNEY, NOW – DEC 31

“Water’s Extreme Journey takes visitors on an exciting and important quest for clean water. Visitors experience the watershed as a water drop, exploring firsthand the science behind the water cycle. But it’s not all wet and wild—through powerful interactive activities and local messaging, visitors realize that daily decisions can immediately improve the watershed in their own backyard. Come visit Water’s Extreme Journey, open to the public September 3rd – Dec 31.” More INFO.

UCSC Arboretum: Community Day – Free Admission, Oct 4, 9 am – 5 pm

“The first Tuesday of each month, the Arboretum is open without charge to visitors. Due to limited parking at the Arboretum and the popularity of Community Day, we greatly encourage visitors to carpool, bike, walk or use public transportation as much as possible.” For dates and times the Arboretum is open go HERE. 1490 High Street.

SC Mountains Trail Stewardship: Dig Day at Cotani- Coast Dairies National Monument, Oct 8, 9 am – 3 pm

“Love spending time outdoors and meeting cool people? Join SCMTS at our next Dig Day for a fun day volunteering on trails! Be sure to register sooner than later as these events “sell-out”. We do the prep work, so all you have to do is show up. At SCMTS Dig Days, we provide coffee, bagels, catered lunches, post-dig beverages, and a raffle for good measure. In addition, we provide tools, equipment, materials, and guidance to ensure you have a fun day out there. It’s okay if you’ve never done trail work before. We love accommodating new and returning volunteers—all experience levels are welcome at SCMTS events. Our events notoriously fill up quickly because we make a big difference while having fun, and we hope you’ll join us.” Sign up HERE!

SC Museum Of Natural History: Fall Creek After Fire: Exploring the CZU Burn Zone with State Parks, Oct 8, 10 – Noon

“The Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park has reopened after nearly two years of recovery work in the wake of the CZU Lightning Complex fires — and we want to share it with you. Join us for a series of guided tours of the burn zone in partnership with California State Parks and the Mountain Parks Foundation. We’ll explore how the landscape has responded to fire, from redwood trees to wildflowers, and banana slugs to birds, as well as share how community members can help monitor the fire’s impacts.” Sign up soon HERE.

COASTAL WATERSHED COUNCIL: RIVER HEALTH DAY, OCT 8, 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.

EAT FOR THE EARTH: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE WATER HARVEST FESTIVAL, OCT 8, 11 AM – 3 PM

“Can you help Eat for the Earth have a presence at the 2022 Water Harvest Festival on October 8 at Heart of Soquel Park in Soquel? We will need people to set up our booth, staff it, share tasty food samples and info with festival-goers, and clean-up. For more info and to signup email admin@eatfortheearth.org.”

Open Farm Tours, Oct 8 & 9, 10 am – 4 pm

“Do you love local food and farms? Want to get to know your farmer better and get a behind-the-scenes look into our regions vibrant working agricultural landscape? During the 2022 Open Farm Tours, you can meet the farmers and learn what it takes to bring your favorite high-quality local farm products to your plate. Tour 15 sustainable family farms and meet your farming community! All farms implement sustainable agriculture practices & are family owned. All proceeds from the ticket sales go to the farms.” More info and schedule HERE.

ELKHORN SLOUGH: GARDEN DAYS, Oct 15, 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, Oct 15, 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.

SEYMOUR CENTER: YOUNGER LAGOON RESERVE TOUR, OCT 15, 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.

AMAH MUTSUN LAND TRUST: TENDING TO THE AMAH MUTSUN GARDEN AT THE PIE RANCH, Oct 15, 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

Open Streets Santa Cruz: Volunteers Needed, Oct 16, 9 am – 2 pm

“Open Streets Santa Cruz will be held on scenic West Cliff Drive. Open Streets is powered by volunteers and we need your help to make this event successful! We guarantee good times, new friends, a free exclusive t-shirt, and lunch! No experience is necessary and dozens of shifts are available. Free coffee, snacks, pizza, and an event t-shirt provided for volunteers!” Sign up for your preferred shift by clicking HERE.  For more info email: events@bikesantacruzcounty.org

FOREST OF NISENE MARKS TRAIL WORK DAY, Oct 16, 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.

WATSONVILLE WETLANDS WATCH: RESTORATION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, Oct 22, 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.

Verge: The Climate Tech Event, Oct 25 – 27

“VERGE 22 is the leading climate tech event accelerating solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time. Join thousands of leaders — from business, government, solution providers and startups — working together to address the climate crisis across six strategic areas: clean energy, sustainable transportation, carbon removal, regenerative food systems, net-zero buildings and the startup ecosystem. VERGE 22 features six programs to provide deeper, focused learning and networking experiences for participants within their specific market: Buildings, Food, Carbon Removal, Startups, Energy and Transportation.” At the San Jose Convention Center. Info HERE.

SC Museum Of Natural History: Museum of the Macabre, Oct 29, 6 -9 pm

“Come in costume and imbibe cauldron-concocted cocktails while exploring the dark side of the sea. The sixth annual Museum of the Macabre delivers more than ever with freakish festivities and special exhibits outdoors and inside the Museum’s galleries. This year’s tricks and treats will explore maritime mysteries and monsters, including: Costume contest; Outdoor movie screening of Creature from the Black Lagoon; and Treats from Areperia 831 & Discretion Brewing.” 1305 E Cliff Dr. More info and tickets HERE.

Resource Center For Nonviolence: Funding For Our Future – New Ways To Value Life On Our Planet, Nov 2, 7 pm

“What can we do in Santa Cruz except say “Welcome!” when a visitor from Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel, The Ministry for the Future, turns out to be a real person! Dr. Delton Chen, founder Global Carbon Reward (GCR), is a visiting geo-hydrologist from Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Chen’s GCR policy inspired Robinson’s game-changing “Carbon Coin” in the novel and is a bold new policy idea to inspire and incentivize effective action in support of a healthy biosphere. Meet Dr. Chen to learn more, ask questions, and discover a way to fund the future by increasing environmental wealth rather than extracting it. To learn more in advance, check out this 40-minutes introduction by Dr. Chen on YouTube: Introduction to Global Carbon Reward (2020).” RCNV, 612 Ocean St., S.C. Register HERE.