Monterey Bay Salmon & Trout Project needs volunteers!

Our mission is to recover the native salmon and steelhead populations of the Monterey Bay region. Our genetic conservation hatchery can help sustain and recover salmonids native to the greater Monterey Bay area. Now You can join us!

Hi, I am the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Monterey Bay Salmon & Trout Project, a non-profit headquartered in Santa Cruz, with a conservation and restoration hatchery for Endangered native Coho salmon and Steelhead in Davenport. We are developing a volunteer docent group and assistants for our STEP education program. Please contact Meg Siebert .


2020 Or Bust needs you!

2020 or Bust is empowering humanity to end the climate crisis. It’s about waking humanity up both to the reality of our current situation and the opportunity for each of us to take responsibility now for ending the climate crisis. We are out to mobilize 500 million people to take personal action to impact the climate crisis, and we add these actions up in the 2020 or Bust app!

By playing 2020 or Bust: The Game of the Century, you will literally help reduce global emissions, the key to the world’s winning the game. You’ll also be part of a global community of great people who have committed to end the climate crisis.
We need to reduce annual global carbon emissions by 8 gigatons by 2020 to end the crisis. With this app, you choose actions that shrink your own carbon footprint and with it, the global footprint.


Cowell Beach Cleanup, March 30, 9 – 11 am

Join Save Our Shores along with Hans and Nick Schippers of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii West Coast Road Trip (schroadtrip) for an exciting cleanup at Cowell / Main Beach!  “From Seattle to San Diego, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii – West Coast Educational Tour (SCH Road Trip aka schroadtrip) educates k-12 youth about the plastic pollution epidemic. Our teachings will impact 10,000 students in underserved communities with free interactive education. By leaving our students with easy to implement, community-based solutions, we are inspiring the change needed to save our oceans.” -SCH Roadtrip

Please meet us at the base of the stairs to Cowell Beach. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. No RSVPs are necessary, but you can print and sign our waiver ahead of time to save time at saveourshores.org/waiver.

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Volunteer Land Stewards, April 3 (And every Wednesday, except holidays) at 10 am

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. New volunteers should contact questionsforus@elkhornslough.org in advance to receive updated event information. Projects and sites change weekly.


Drawdown EcoChallenge, April 3 – 24

Drawdown EcoChallenge, offered in partnership by EcoChallenge.org and Project Drawdown, is a 21-day engagement program focused on carbon reduction. The challenge follows actions highlighted in Drawdown, a book based on meticulous research that maps, measures, models, and describes solutions to global warming that already exists. Participants track and share their progress online in a robust platform and earn points for taking action. The combination of collective action, camaraderie, and friendly competition makes change a little easier — and a lot more fun. Over 3,500 people have joined! Click here for more info and to join: Drawdown EcoChallenge


Snowy Plover Mud Stomp, April 6, 9:30 – noon

Join Carleton Eyster, a Western snowy plover biologist with Point Blue Conservation at the Moss Landing Wildlife Area salt ponds to view and help protect the federally threatened Western snowy plovers as they begin nesting.  We will walk along the muddy margins of the drying ponds spreading nesting materials  and creating depressions that the plovers will use as nest sites. The footprints and shell debris provide much needed camouflage for eggs and flightless chicks. What to bring: Rubber boots (we will have a limited number if you don’t have your own); Sun protection (hat, sunscreen); Warm clothing (dressing in layers is recommended).

Space is limited and youth must be accompanied by an adult. Click here: Registration Required!  Arrive by 9:30am at the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Moss Landing Wildlife Area, located on the east side of Highway 1 immediately north of the Elkhorn Slough. Sponsored by Elkhorn Slough Foundation

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Native Garden Tending Day, April 7, 11 am

Members of the Muwekma Tribal Band, the Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT) Native Stewardship Corps, and Sempervirens Fund will tend the garden and share information about the native plants. We will weed, mulch, line paths, and build larger cages to protect the young plants from browsing deer. We will also hear stories from cultural leaders of Muwekma (on whose ancestral territory this garden project is located) and from some of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust’s Native Stewards. Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park, 15451 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos
Tickets: This is a free community event, but please register.


Arboretum Spring Plant Sale, April 13. Volunteers Needed April 12 & 13

Many possible duties and shifts on Friday, plant moving and set-up, Sat & Sun, parking, welcoming, membership, sales and holding area. Volunteers – please read job descriptions before signing up. ALL Sale Day jobs require alert standing and interacting with customers. High Street near Western Dr., Santa Cruz


River Health Day, April 13, 9:30 am – noon

During the April River Health Day, join Coastal Watershed Council in watering and weeding native plants along the banks of the San Lorenzo River to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity in the river ecosystem.
This event will take place on the east bank of the San Lorenzo River upstream of the Broadway Avenue Bridge. We will meet at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk adjacent to Mimi De Marta Dog Park on 119 Broadway Santa Cruz. 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. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
For info click to Event or call 464-9200 before the event.


Exploring The San Lorenzo River Bioblitz, April 20, 9 – 10:30 am

A BioBlitz is community science event where people learn about, identify and record all the living species they can identify within an ecosystem. A BioBlitz provides a snapshot of the biodiversity in an area and can be used as a tool for residents and researchers to learn about the plants and animals in their community.
On Earth Day and World Fish Migration Day 2019, you’re invited to join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for the 3rd Annual BioBlitz along the San Lorenzo River at the Tannery Arts Center. This is the culminating event of the Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series. Work with fellow naturalists, nature enthusiasts, scientists, and volunteers to study and record the biodiversity along the lower San Lorenzo River.
BioBlitz will start here at the Tannery Arts Center at 9:00. All ages and experience levels are welcome. RSVP today to learn more about the 3rd Annual San Lorenzo River BioBlitz!

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Earth Day, April 20, 11 am – 4 pm  Volunteers Needed!

Earth Day Santa Cruz 2019 is an exciting community event offering educational information, activities for kids including an arts and crafts tent, live music and a focus on green businesses. Come, enjoy and support this fun environmental celebration for the whole family as an Earth Day Volunteer! There’s lots of ways to volunteer before during and after the event. You can help at the rock climbing wall, be an Eco-Station Educator, help the flow of traffic, provide information to event attendees, check drink tickets, gather folks downtown, set up, clean up, and so much more. You’ll be energizing the Santa Cruz community about the environment all while attending a fantastic event and even getting a free lunch. Register to VOLUNTEER now!   San Lorenzo Park



Snapshot Day 2019 Volunteer Training, April 24, 6 – 7:30 pm

This training will prepare you to be a stellar Snapshot Day volunteer, so that you can collect high-quality data and have a fun time at Snapshot Day, on May 4. During this training, you will hone your skills as an environmental scientist by learning the various components of a healthy watershed and practicing techniques for temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, electrical conductivity, and transparency and sample collection. The training will occur at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Exact location to be finalized. On the first Saturday in May each year, hundreds of volunteers join the Coastal Watershed Council and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff to take a “snapshot” of the health of rivers and streams flowing into the Sanctuary. For info: CWC


42nd Bi-Annual Corcoran Lagoon and Coastal Cleanup, April 27, 9 am – 12:30 pm

Join Cabrillo College Oceanography students in this lagoon and beach cleanup. Breakfast, lunch, gloves and bags are all provided for FREE! Meet at KSCO Radio at 2300 Portola Drive. More info soon!

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Hands Across the Sand on May 18th. More info as available!

Founded by Surfrider member Dave Rauschkolb ten years ago, the event brings people together to oppose new offshore drilling and other fossil fuel development and promote a clean energy future. The Surfrider Foundation is an official sponsor of Hands Across the Sand and our participation is a cornerstone of our Stop New Offshore Drilling campaign.  The event is particularly timely given the Trump administration’s plans to drastically expand oil and gas development off our coastlines. Last year, the Department of Interior released a draft proposal to expand offshore drilling to over 90% of U.S. waters, putting the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean at risk of new oil rigs.