Coastal Cleanup Day, Sept 15, 9 am – noon

Save Our Shores Site Captain volunteer slots are filling up! Sign up today!

Want to show the ocean some extra love? Sign up to lead a beach cleanup for Annual Coastal Cleanup Day- the biggest beach cleanup event of the year!

Play an important role in the biggest beach cleanup for the year! We are looking for dedicated volunteers to lead cleanup sites for Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 15.

An evening training is required on either:  Thursday, August 23 from 6-8pm at Community TV/ Satellite Coworking and Digital Media Studio located at 325 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz (parking will be limited out front, but more can be found behind the building); or Thursday, August 30 from 6-8pm at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History located at 165 Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove.

To pick your cleanup location and to sign up as a Site Captain, please fill out this form. Let’s work together to keep our ocean clean!

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45th Annual Grey Bears Harvest Picnic, Sept 18, 10:30 am

Volunteers needed to make the Grey Bears 45th Annual Harvest Picnic a great event. Lots of small  and quick jobs or spend your volunteer time focused in one area. All help will be appreciated. There will be a savory barbecue lunch (veggie options), canopy seating, live music, dancing, raffle, mingling and fun. Ride a bike in or carpool with friends, parking at Portuguese Hall with van shuttle to/from picnic area and valet bike parking. Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St, Santa Cruz 95060 Contact  Tina Forest at  831.479.1055 ext 235, tina@greybears.org. to Volunteer.

Community Restoration Work Day, Sept 22, 9 am – noon

Join Watsonville Wetlands Watch on for our monthly community restoration day at Strueve Slough!  You don’t have to be a scientist or field biologist to help! Come join the Wetlands Watch and be a part of this project. We will work from 9:00 a.m. to noon (with breaks for birding!). We supply the gloves, tools, and a snack. Meet at our Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center located at the top of the Pajaro Valley High School.

If you have questions, please contact Mary Paul at mary@watsonvillewetlands.org
or (831) 566-4938

Citizen Science: Arboretum Phenology Walk, Sept 22, 11 am

Calling all citizen scientists! hikers! families! students! educators!
Do you enjoy watching plants change through the seasons?
 Would you like to be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change?
 Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.
 The Arboretum & Botanic Garden Phenology Walk gathers data on seasonal changes in plants including when they leaf out, flower and form fruit.
Come to a workshop Phenology researcher Karen Tanner provides hands-on data collection training.
Help us monitor 18 permanently marked California native plants while touring the beautiful Native Plant Garden. Your data will be uploaded to the USA National Phenology Network’s (link to USANPN) database for use in research, policy and land management.
Space is limited. Advanced registration is recommended.

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Habitat Restoration, Sand Hill Bluff, Wilder Ranch, Sept 23, 10 am – 1 pm

The Habitat Restoration Team is a volunteer group working to restore native habitat in the parks and protected lands in Santa Cruz County. Our program provides an opportunity for people to learn about the natural systems that surround them while helping to restore special and wild places. No prior work experience is necessary, just show up at the park. We welcome individual volunteers from 8 to 80 years, as well as special group projects. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring something to drink, and lots of enthusiasm! We work rain or shine, but if things get particularly unpleasant, we call it a day. Tools provided; bring gloves. Santa Cruz Chapter of the California Native Plant Society  Contact: Program Leader, Linda Brodman 831.462.4041, redwdrn@pacbell.net.

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Volunteer Docent Training, Starting Sept 23 

Are you interested in learning and interpreting natural and cultural history of Año Nuevo?  Our three-month training program (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, sharks, general wildlife and more. Additional training is provided on interpretive techniques for educating visitors and logistical skills on working inside the coastal natural preserve. To request an application or for more information our Docent Recruitment Coordinator at 650-879-2032 or email anovolcoordinator@parks.ca.gov


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Sycamore Grove Clean-Up, Oct 13, 9 am – 12 pm

Help give back to the land that provides us with our drinking water.  The Sycamore Grove Clean-Up Project aims to restore an area of public land along the San Lorenzo River near Highway 9 before the “first flush” of rain arrives and washes debris down the river. Restoring this sensitive riparian habitat will increase water quality in the river, therefore benefitting the wildlife that resides there. In addition, Sycamore Grove is directly upstream from the intakes for the City Water Department drinking water treatment plant. Restoring the area will also improve drinking water quality for City of Santa Cruz residents.  Under the guidance of Santa Cruz Park Rangers and the City of Santa Cruz Water Dept & Parks and Recreation Dept, volunteers will be picking up trash and removing it from the area. Gloves, trash grab-sticks and trash bags will be provided.  The terrain is mostly flat but can be steep in some areas.

What to Bring: Bring clothing appropriate for outdoor work: boots, long pants, long sleeves and a hat. Bring your own water bottle. Light snacks and water will be provided.

For info: http://scvolunteercenter.org/programs/cityserve/