Fossils, Fog, Fun, and Friends: Join Our Volunteer Education Team! Apply by Thursday, Jan 10. Training is Jan 17 & 18, 10 am to 3 pm

Sea Cliff State Beach Volunteer Training: , Jan 17- 18, 10am to 3pm
If you’re exploring the field of education and want experience, if you’ve retired from teaching but miss it, or if you just want to spend time on a beautiful beach with our local youth, please consider joining our team of friendly volunteer educators. We uncover real fossils, touch the lives of hundreds of children, and have a lot of fun. If interested, please call (831) 685-6444 or visit the Seacliff Visitor Center before, Jan 10 to apply. Coffee and snacks will be provided at training. Training made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

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Docent Orientations, Jan 15 & 16, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History


Sanctuary Steward Training, Starting Jan 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Interested in becoming a Sanctuary Steward with Save Our Shores? Join us for our four-part training session on January 17, 24, 31st and February 7 from 5:30 – 7:30pm at Community TV of Santa Cruz. For details and to sign up, please fill out this Form. Our Volunteer and Outreach Associate, Nia, will get back to you shortly.
To become a certified Sanctuary Steward, you must attend all four sessions (Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7). Each 2 hour session will include background information about Save Our Shores, guidelines for how to lead and assist with our programs, and engaging guest speakers to deepen your understanding of the science behind why we do what we do. Stewards must be 18 years or older by January 17.


Saturdays in the Soil, Museum of Natural History, Jan 19, 10 am – noon

Help us keep our Garden Learning Center thriving for visitors to learn from. This native plant garden requires general landscaping, occasional watering, weeding, and replanting. All ages are welcome; children under 14 require adult supervision.
 Duties: Watering, pruning, edging, weeding, planting, sign maintenance and restoration
Relevant skills and interests: gardening, landscaping, native plants
. No commitment necessary. Saturdays in the Soil are held on the first and third Saturday of every month, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Please RSVP by emailing: volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org



                 2019 Women’s March Volunteers needed Jan 19

Santa Cruz Indivisible is pleased to have been invited to co-sponsor this years Women’s March event. SCI will be providing volunteers to help with the March, and also with the SCI presence at the Rally after the March. Shifts available between 8:30 am and 2 pm to perform a variety of roles: setup, monitoring, tabling, photographing. To see all roles and signup go HERE. Downtown Santa Cruz


Volunteer Orientation at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve, Jan 23rd, 5:30 -7 pm

Whether you’re a green thumb, an avid interpreter, or a field scientist, there’s a way for you to help at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve! The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve works to inspire conservation and preservation of the unique habitats of the Elkhorn Slough. Volunteers play an integral role in our research, stewardship, and education programs. Join us Wednesday, January 23rd to explore ways you can get involved with this beautiful estuary. No cost, and no RSVP required. Meet at the Reserve’s Visitor Center (1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA 95076). You need only to bring your questions and excitement! Note: Volunteers who would like to become docents (interpretive guides who lead walks for the public) must commit to five Saturdays of natural history training, January 26th-February 23rd. For more information, contact Ariel Hunter at ariel.hunter@wildlife.ca.gov, or visit our website here:

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Photo: Carman

San Lorenzo River Cleanup, Jan 26, 10 am – noon

Join Save Our Shores and our dedicated team of stewards for a cleanup along the San Lorenzo Riverwalk from Water St. to Soquel Ave. Meet us on the riverwalk next to pedestrian bridge, on River St. S- across the street from Regal Riverfront Cinemas.
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 roadside 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.

Volunteers Needed on the Ranch, Apply by Feb 1

Training: Saturdays, from February 9 through March 23 from 10am to 3pm
Help introduce the public to the Wilder Ranch State Park‘s natural beauty and rich history. With school programs, nature walks, special events, and our animal program, there is something for everyone to do at the ranch! Share what you love about the park with visitors from near and far! If interested, please email wrvolcoordinator@gmail.com or call (831) 426-0505 for more information. Training made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. Wilder Ranch State Park, (831) 426-0505