Fruit Tree Planting at Santa Cruz High School, May 22, 3:30 pm

Would you like to help to turn Santa Cruz High School garden into a fruit forest? Great news! Santa Cruz Fruit Growers group will have our next, ad-hoc fruitluck and workday  at the school garden of Santa Cruz High School (back of the school, next to sports complex, facing Laurel St.) Please bring as many delicious fruit plants to plant there as you can – we hope to create a fruit jungle there, where students would sneak out during breaks to hang out and snack on tasty fruits. Probably good idea to bring your own gloves and gardening tools.

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Habitat Restoration Team at Seabright Beach State Beach, May 26, 10 am – 1 pm

Inclement weather last Sunday did not deter four of us from working at this sweet spot. Over the years, many volunteers have pulled tons of non-native vegetation, primarily ice plant, and planted many thousands of natives. Most plants are coastal strand and coastal scrub species, propagated from locally-collected seeds. The plants have grown rapidly into a gorgeous habitat with the additional reward of a steady increase in pollinators and birds. The Santa Crus Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is partnering with Groundswell Coastal Ecology volunteers on this day. Meet at the corner of Mott Ave. and East Cliff Drive. Info contact: Linda Brodman  462-4041 or redwdrn@pacbell.net


Hidden Beach Pollution Prevention Outreach, May 27, 10 am – noon. Also at several other Beaches!

Join Save Our Shores, and our event partner the County of Santa Cruz, for an educational outreach event at Hidden Beach! Help us prevent plastics pollution and other debris from entering the marine environment by educating beachgoers and handing out pack-your-trash bags in this special Memorial Day event. Meet at the end of Cliff Drive near the Hidden Beach Playground. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Closed-toed shoes are required at all Save Our Shores cleanups. There are restrooms and drinking fountains on site. Parking will be limited, so please plan accordingly.

No RSVPs are necessary, but please  print and sign our waiver beforehand to save time: saveourshores.org/waiver. [Be sure to bring your signed copy (1 per volunteer) to the event.] Additional info contact us at nia@saveourshores.org.


Whack the Weeds Day, June 110am – noon

Help us whack the weeds invading our native plant garden! Participants will learn about local native and non-native species while helping our team remove non-native plants. A native seed-ball craft station and hands-on activities will be available all day in the Visitor Center. Tools will be provided but are limited — feel free to bring your own gloves and weeding tools along!
No pre-requisite knowledge required, we will train you on-site. All ages are welcome, but individuals under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. FREE! Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville


Volunteer for the 10th Annual Redwood Mountain Faire and get in Free!  June 1 & 2

This year, the Valley Womens Club Faire volunteers will be working the Main Gate Ticket Sales, Main Gate Management, Beer and Wine Servers, and Monday Teardown. Most shifts are only 4 hours each! Volunteering for a shift also gets you in that day FREE! This is one of our most important fundraisers. Sign up HERE. Roaring Camp, Felton


River Health Day, June 8, 9:30 am – noon

Volunteer with Coastal Watershed Council and make a difference at the Chinatown Bridge Parklet! We will be weeding and removing invasive plants and applying mulch around native plants to help improve park aesthetics and help native plants thrive.

This event will take place on the west bank of the San Lorenzo River at pedestrian bridge at San Lorenzo Park. Meet at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk on the west side of the Chinatown Bridge adjacent to River Street. We highly recommend walking or biking to the event as there is limited parking in the area. Gloves and tools provided. Wear sturdy shoes and layers.
We recommend that all volunteers dress in comfortable gardening clothes, including long pants, socks and sturdy shoes. Bring sun protection and a reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Elkhorn Slough Bioblitz, June 15, 9am – noon and 1 – 3 pm

Calling all citizen scientists — it’s a Slough-wide Bioblitz!  Join Naturalists from the Elkhorn Slough Reserve and help document the incredible biodiversity of our coastal ecosystem. We will walk a two-mile trail, documenting wildlife and sharing knowledge as we go. Who knows what marvels we’ll uncover! In addition to the trail walk, the Reserve’s Microscope Discovery Lab will be open to the public from 1-3pm. Browse live specimens of invertebrates and plankton, and discover a whole new ecosystem under a scope! All ages are welcome, individuals under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit the events calendar


Natural History’s Summer Kick-Off Festival, June 22

Help celebrate the arrival of summer at the Santa Cruz Museum of History by volunteering at the Summer Kickoff Festival. We have a variety of fun volunteer opportunities at this family friendly outdoor event, including face painting, tide-pool ambassador, and craft leaders. Shift times are 10:45-1:15 or 12:45-3:15. Email volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org with questions or to sign up!  1305 East Cliff Dr.

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Volunteer Training for Año Nuevo Sate Park, Apply by Aug 31 for Fall 2019

Are you interested in learning and interpreting natural and cultural history of Año Nuevo? Our three-month training program that begins at the end of September (most Sundays in the fall) is one of the most comprehensive within California State Parks. We bring in resident experts to teach classes on a variety of subjects including elephant seals, marine mammals, park history, general wildlife, and more. Additional training is provided on interpretive techniques for educating visitors and logistical skills on working and leading tours inside the coastal natural preserve. For an application or more info, call (650) 879-2032 or email anovolcoordinator@parks.ca.gov. Training made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.