UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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Seabright Community Restoration Day, Feb 24, 9 am – 12:30 pm

Come on out and join Groundswell Coastal Ecology and your local community in coastal restoration at Seabright Beach. Help make our coast a better place and learn about coastal ecology. We will be planting native plants. Click HERE for project background. For info contact:  outreach@groundswellecology.org. Meet at Seabright Beach.

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Volunteer Land Stewards, March 4, 10 am (And every Wednesday, except holidays)

Join a group of hands-on Elkhorn Slough Foundation land stewards as we care for sites around the Slough. Volunteers help us meet our goal to conserve and restore this unique landscape while conducting research and education to ensure its ongoing protection. RSVP required, email Ariel at ariel.hunter@wildlife.ca.gov.  Projects and sites change weekly. More info call: 728-2822


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Save Our Shores Sanctuary Stewards Training, March 5, 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.


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Corcoran Beach Cleanup, March 7, 9 – 11 AM

Join Save Our Shores and our dedicated team of stewards to clean up Corcoran Beach. 
Meet at the end of 20th Ave. at the top of the stairs.  Metered parking on East Cliff Dr. near 19th Ave. We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a filled reusable water bottle. Please sign our online Waiver before hand. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
 All of Save Our Shores cleanups happen rain or shine.  Info contact Alejandro at 462-5660, x2 or alejandro@saveourshores.org


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Natural Bridges Tide Pool Docent Training, March 7 – April 8

Do you love to spend time in nature? Do you enjoy interacting with people? Does ocean life leave you in awe? Natural Bridges State Beach needs your help! Starting March 7th, come learn about the amazing tide pool habitat and how to lead tide pool tours for school groups on weekdays and the public on weekends. Docent training goes from March 7th-April 8th. Wednesday nights and Saturday afternoons. Student internships available.

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Watsonville Wetlands Watch Docent Training, Starts March 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Participants will be treated to an inside look at the Pajaro Valley and its unique network of freshwater wetlands and receive education and training from experts in how they can contribute to environmental education, outreach, and restoration of these rare and vital ecosystems. Docent trainees will learn about the natural and cultural history of the wetlands while having fun with professionals and other volunteers committed to community education and environmental conservation. After completing the training requirements docents become part of a dedicated group of over 100 community volunteers that provide invaluable help supporting the improvement of the Watsonville wetland ecosystems and the community. Wednesday evening and Saturday morning sessions ending April 11. Watsonville Wetlands Watch


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Nisene Marks Trail Workday, March 21, 9:30 am to 2 pm

The Advocates crew leaders work with state park rangers to identify areas in the park that need attention. Volunteers meet at the ranger kiosk area at 9:30 a.m. and are assigned to a particular work crew leader. The work crew, with picks, shovels, and other trailworking tools, either hike or are transported to a project area. For info:  Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks or Bob Bailey. Third Sundays each month.


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Hidden Beach Cleanup, March 28, 9 am – 11 am

Meet us at the entrance at the end of Cliff Drive before the playground.
We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a filled reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. There are no restrooms or drinking fountains on site. There will be limited parking available, so please plan accordingly. No RSVPs are necessary, but you can sign our online waiver ahead of time to save time and reduce our paper use at saveourshores.org/waiver. Info email Alejandro. Sponsored by Save Our Shore. For more SOS beach cleanups click HERE


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Cesar Chavez Day of Service, March 29, 9:30 am – 2 pm

A day of service at the Homeless Garden Project Farm to honor the work and dedication of Cesar Chavez and help prepare the farm for Spring. Cesar Chavez was a Mexican American farm worker and civil rights activist who marched, boycotted and went on hunger strikes to support unionization and workers rights. He used nonviolent and grassroots tactics to bring farm workers’ struggles to the moral foreground of our nation. At the Homeless Garden Project Farm. The farm is located on Shaffer Road at Delaware Ave.


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Elkhorn Slough Reserve Annual Road Cleanup, April 18, 9 am – 12 pm

Trash bags, gloves, grabbers, and vests are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. The cleanup is conducted along an actively trafficked roadway — not recommended for young children. Those with young children are encouraged to reach out to us at 728-2822 before attending. Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road