Global Climate Strike Week, Sept 20 – 27

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Eat For The Earth Needs Volunteers, Sept 20 – 27

You can support Eat for the Earth‘s participation in Santa Cruz area activities during Global Climate Strike Week, September 20–27. This is an incredible opportunity to integrate our message regarding the environmental problems of animal agriculture into the broader climate movement. Most of the deforestation in the Amazonian rainforest is to clear land for raising cattle and feed crops for animals! We need help over the next two weeks with food preparation for samples and meals, helping set up and staff booths at two events, educating people and gathering endorsements for our Green Monday initiative, & marching in an event on September 27 with appropriate signs and banners. Sign Up


Restoration Saturday, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Sept 28, 9 am – noon

Come on out with our fabulous restoration staff to help plant native plants, remove exotic invasive plants, and/or help in our native plant greenhouse. We always make time for bird watching or a short hike around the wetlands for folks who are interested. This is a great opportunity for students to get volunteer hours and for members of the community to spend a little time doing great things for our environment. Tools gloves, and snacks are provided and volunteers should be sure to bring hats, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Meet at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center, 500 Harkins Slough Road, at the top of Pajaro Valley High School next to the basketball courts to carpool to sites. Every 4th Sat!

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Save Our Shores Sanctuary Stewards Training, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 6 – 8 pm

Do you love the Monterey Bay? Do you find yourself picking up trash as you walk along your favorite beaches, or talking to your friends about how they can reduce their use of single-use plastic? Are you wishing there was more you could do to help protect our coast?  As a Sanctuary Steward, you will volunteer to participate in and lead events such as beach and river cleanups, kayak cleanups, outreach events, Dockwalking events, and MORE! To become a Steward, we ask that you please attend our four training sessions. Additionally, we request each Steward commit to participating in at least one event per month for the first 6 months after training. More info HERE.


Open Farms Tours, Oct 12 & 13, shifts available between 10 am & 4 pm

Connecting farms with community is what we’re all about! This year we have 14 participating farms! Open Farm Tours offers a variety of engaging volunteer and internship opportunities that provides meaningful assignments according to your available time and interests.  We need volunteers to help out at the farms & with our lunch service at Alladin Nursery on Oct. 12 & 13 between the hours of 10am & 4pm. We also have a few additional paid intern positions available now through October to help with social media, email entry and organizational tasks. Sign up HERE

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October River Health Day, Oct 12, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

We will be watering and weeding native plants and removing invasive plants along the banks of the San Lorenzo River to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity in the river ecosystem. We will also be joined by returning Peace Corps volunteers. Meet on the east bank of the San Lorenzo River downstream of the Soquel Avenue Bridge, along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk – look for our table! Walk or bike to the event as there is limited parking. Parking is available in the CWC parking lot (107 Dakota Ave.) or behind the Royal Taj India Cuisine restaurant (270 Soquel Ave.). From there it’s an easy walk to the meeting location.
Gloves, tools and light refreshments provided. We recommend that all volunteers dress in comfortable gardening clothes, include long pants, socks and sturdy closed-toe shoes. Bring layers, sun protection and a reusable water bottle. Coastal Watershed Council


Docent Training for Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Starts Oct 16

Our docents participate in a combination of activities including:assisting with student field trips; leading tours on Watsonville’s wetland trails; participating in hands-on restoration projects; hosting and planning special events; and working on special projects, like creating interpretive tools or doing research.

Because our docents go out on field trips with the children, we do require a 3 week training. But many docents say this is one of their favorite parts of their volunteer experience. Docent trainees are treated to an inside look at the Pajaro Valley and its wide network of wetlands. Local experts share the ecology, history, and restoration of the wetlands during the 3-week training program, which includes Wednesday evening presentations from 6-8pm and Saturday morning field trips from 9am-12pm. For info contact Noelle Fletcher at noelle@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org or 831-455-6771.