Coastal Prairie Planting in the California Native Conservation Garden, March 18, 9 am – 1 pm

For all of you that missed the first event…and those of you ready for more…we are going to have a second Coastal Prairie Planting event.  It is time to plant out some of the annual wildflowers and perennials…and a few more grasses.  Hopefully we will have another beautiful and successful event. Bring: hat, gloves, water, lunch. If you plan on attending RSVP to Linda Anderson.   At the UCSC Arboretum, 1156 High Street

Become a Tidepool Docent at Natural Bridges, training starts Mar 18

Natural Bridges State Beach is looking for tidepool docent volunteers to lead tidepool walks for school groups and visitors. Student internships are available. Space is limited.  Docent training starts Saturday, March 18, and runs for four weeks. Training is held in the Visitor Center on Wednesday evenings and half-days on Saturdays. Please contact @  Natural Bridges State Park, or call (831) 423-4609 ext. 8 or email for more information.


Amah Mutsun Land Trust Gardens need weeding and planting, Mar 18, 1 -5 pm

The much-needed rains resulted in a flush of growth in the Mutsun Gardens, and our native plants, plus the weeds, are thriving. We are calling on our volunteers to help us weed and plant on the third Saturday of each month from 1:00-5:00 pm, followed by a potluck and barn dance with Pie Ranch.

Please RSVP for a volunteer day or ask any questions by sending an email to sreid@amahmutsun.org. Volunteers should bring lunch, water, sun protection, and clothes that can get dirty. Mutsun Gardens at Pie Ranch, 2080 Cabrillo Hwy, Pescadero, CA 94060   map

Harbor High School Garden Restoration Day, March 19, 10 am – 1 pm

Join Global Student Embassy leaders and Harbor High’s Booster Club for a day of renovating the school’s food forest garden and greater campus beautification. Meet in front of the Grow Quad garden on campus. Community volunteer hours available if needed. Snacks, fun, and community engagement guaranteed. See you there! Contact nick@globalstudentembassy.org for more information.

Moore Creek  Habitat Restoration Day, March 19, 10 am – 2 pm

Hey Friends & Neighbors! NOAA and a few good groups have put together a restoration & clean-up session at Natural Bridges on March 19th. Food will be served by a handful of yummy eateries for all involved. Just let me know if you’re interested so I may order food accordingly. Thanks for your help – it should be a fun day at the beach making a difference! Sponsored by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, NOAA, CCC, AmeriCorp, and WSP. Please RSVP by contacting Rebecca.Howard@ccc.ca.gov or for more info call 429-1840, ext. 110


Students for Zero Waste Week: March 20 – April 21, 2017

Students are inviting their local communities to “Go Green and Think Blue” by joining them in the annual Students for Zero Waste Week campaign. During this campaign, students focus on reducing land-based waste in order to protect the health of local marine environments. These young leaders are raising awareness of how single-use plastic and other types of litter affect the health of local watersheds, national marine sanctuaries, and the ocean. In addition, some schools are looking at ways to reduce their energy use on campus with hopes of raising awareness of how the burning of fossil fuels also impacts the health of the ocean. Sponsored by NOAA.  Click here to Register

Registration deadline for Zero Waste Week: March 17, 2017


 2017 Marine Sanctuary Docent Trainings – Wednesdays, Mar 23 to April 19, 6-9 pm

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary docent training program is designed to prepare you as a docent to interpret the rich natural and cultural resources of our Sanctuary. If you need more info before applying to be a docent, come to an informational meeting Mar 23 at 6 pm at the Sanctuary Exploration Center, 35 Pacific Avenue. This meeting is not mandatory, but encouraged. Interested applicants who cannot attend this meeting should submit an application. Click here to apply.


Sanctuary Steward Training, March 23, 5:30 – 9 pm

Our Sanctuary Steward Docent Program empowers you to become local leaders in ocean conservation through direct participation in Save Our Shores’ three initiatives: Pollution Prevention, Clean Boating, and Ocean Health Awareness. Stewards receive a high quality training that includes both educational lectures and preparation for becoming event leaders, ocean advocates, and community educators with Save Our Shores.

Our Crash Course is a two day training. Thursday night we will go over general logistics, get to know one another and talk about what it means to be a Sanctuary Steward. After the in-house training, we require all participants to go to our public cleanup the following Saturday to see what it’s like to lead a beach cleanup. It’s a quick crash course, but a great leap into becoming an integral part of Save Our Shores! Pre-register at Save Our Shores or contact Matt for questions.

Docent Training at Castro Adobe State Historic Park, April 8, 10 am – 2 pm

Assist with class visits, private tours and special events as a docent at Castro Adobe State Historic Park. This involves sharing the stories of the families who made the Castro Adobe home, preparing tortillas and hot chocolate in the restored cocina, leading games and craft activities, event set-up and take-down, and more. Volunteer opportunities are flexible and come up at least monthly. Prospective docents should fill out this application. A four-hour docent training will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, but volunteers may begin at any time. 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville.

Santa Cruz High School Community Garden Day, April 30, 10 am – 3 pm

Join Global Student Embassy student leaders in the Santa Cruz High Garden on April 30th 10:00-3:00. Access is on Laurel Street. They’ve been working incredibly hand to get their garden in shape and can use your help building their new cob benches. Come learn about cob/sustainable design with a specialist community partner and help plant our spring/summer garden! Contact nick@globalstudentembassy.org for more information.