Tunitas Creek Beach Clean-up, July 15, 10 am

Be part of the effort to clean and preserve Tunitas Creek Beach by joining the TLC Locals for weekend beach clean-ups.  Six months ago, the Peninsula Open Space Trust protected 58 acres at Tunitas Creek Beach, just a few miles south of Half Moon Bay. The beach had become a popular place for overnight raves, parties and campouts. Quite simply, it was being loved to death. We protected this beach to save it from further abuse and make it available for everyone to safely enjoy. After acquiring the property, we transferred its management to San Mateo County Parks. With their leadership, we are in the process of preparing Tunitas Creek Beach to be opened as a new County Park—a process we hope to complete within three years. To Register


Saturdays in the Soil, July 21, 10 am to noon

Help the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History keep our Garden Learning Center thriving! We have worked hard to transform our surrounding grounds from a creekside jungle of invasive ivy, blackberry, and mattress wire vine into a pollinator and California native plant haven — and there is always more work to be done! As a garden volunteer, you will help us with general landscaping, occasional watering, weeding, and replanting. You will also learn about sustainable gardening practices and California Native plants! All ages are welcome; children under 14 require adult supervision. 1305 East Cliff Drive.Email volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org to RSVP!


Amah Matsun Land Trust Gardens Work Day, July 21, 1 – 5 pm

Volunteer work days at Pie Ranch (MAP) are on the third Saturday of each month, from 1:00-5:00. The next volunteer day will be Saturday July 21st from 1:00-5:00 pm. Please RSVP for this workday by emailing Dominic Lopez at dlopez@amahmutsun.org.  Following the workday, Pie Ranch hosts a barn dance and a pot luck which volunteers are welcome to join. Volunteer days are a great opportunity to meet new people, learn about the Amah Mutsun Land Trust and Tribal Band, and do something positive for Mother Earth. We hope you will join us! Pie Ranch, 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero

Apprentice Orientation Tour UCSC Farm, July 26, 1 pm

Learn about the 6-month Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture organic farm and garden training program on this hour-long walking tour of the UCSC Farm. This tour is specially designed for people who may be interested in applying for the Apprenticeship program. Learn more at https://casfs.ucsc.edu/apprenticeship/index.html. Please note that you will need to buy a parking pass to park on campus. Additional tours take place on August 9, August 23, September 13, and September 27. UCSC Farm map


River Health Day, July 28, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem! Join Coastal Watershed Council staff in making a difference in the lower San Lorenzo River. Volunteers will help with caring for native plants as they grow and create habitat along the river. While you are at the river, take a closer look at the willows, alders, evening primrose and mugwort native to the watershed. Listen to the calls of bushtit and warbler over the babble of the lower river. And learn about this unique river ecosystem.We recommend that all volunteers dress in comfortable gardening cloths, include long pants, socks and sturdy shoes. Bring sun protection or rain layer depending on the weather and be sure to bring a reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

This event will take place at our restoration site on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk between Soquel Avenue and Laurel Street Bridges. Meet at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk adjacent to Mimi De Marta Dog Park on 119 Broadway.


Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew, Aug 11, 9 am – 2 pm

The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of the month. A typical workday lasts until mid afternoon. Participation is flexible, with most trail crew members working an average of six Saturdays a year. Since our main focus is maintaining existing trails, we are busiest during the Winter and Spring as we work to keep up with storm damage. It seems we get our largest turn out in the rain. Bring yourself, lunch, water, boots, gloves, and a good attitude.  We have tools but you are welcome to bring you own.  See you on the trails.  Meet in front of Big Basin State Park Headquarters. Contact us at bbvtc.org@gmail.com

Elephant seal at Ano
Photo: Carman

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