UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES



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Cowells Beach Memorial Day Relief Cleanup, May 28, 1 – 3 pm

Join Save Our Shores in providing holiday relief to one of Santa Cruz’s most iconic beaches! We are looking for volunteers to help pass out trash bags to beach-goers, encouraging leave-no-trace. Volunteers will also clean up beach debris from earlier in the holiday weekend. Meet at the entrance of Cowell Beach.

Restrooms and drinking fountains are on site. Parking is limited during the summer tourism season. We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

All of Save Our Shores cleanups happen rain or shine. As always, if you have any questions please contact emma@saveourshores.org


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Tree Planting at the Shakespeare Grove, DeLaveaga Park, June 2, 9 – 11 am

Volunteers will be planting 22 15-gallon size native coast redwood trees around the amphitheater area to recreate the redwood grotto tree feel of the venue that existed at the UCSC location.    Volunteers will also be working on installing irrigation to the trees the day of the planting to be sure that trees are watered. Shakespeare volunteers have already planted approximately 40 redwoods here at the site creating a redwood forest feel.  DeLaveaga Park, for more info email Rick Wright at Shakespeare Santa Cruz.


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Landscaping at the Museum of Natural History, June 2 & 16,  10 am – 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! 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month!

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. We will garden in light rain, but will cancel in the case of a downpour.
Email volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org to RSVP!  1305 East Cliff Drive


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Baldwin Creek, Wilder Ranch State Park, June 2, 10 am – 1 pm

This lovely coastal spot is calling us back, and it is time to go scope it out. I’m sure there will be various weedy mustard species, and we will definitely check out the cape ivy sites and determine our course of action. We will meet up at Wilder Ranch and car pool to our work site.    Directions to Wilder Ranch: Take Highway 1 North through Santa Cruz, and continue north to the turn off on the left hand side for Wilder Ranch. Watch for the sign indicating a left turn. Once at the kiosk, let the person there know you are volunteering, and they will give you a parking pass. Meet us at the interpretive sign by the bathrooms in the parking lot. For more info contact: Linda Brodman


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Help the VWC’s Environmental Committee by volunteering at the Redwood Mountain Faire, June 2 – 4.

The Valley Women’s Center’s Environmental Committee works to protect the watershed and to educate the public on forestry issues, erosion control, hazardous waste, recycling and other issues. We also monitor government policies and procedures.  Contact Nancy Macy.  Location: Roaring Camp Railroads 5401 Graham Hill Rd Felton,  (map)

Volunteering for the Valley Women’s Club at the Redwood Mountain Faire is one of our most profitable fundraisers and helps programs that benefit our local watershed and environment, recycling centers, students, the elderly, and much more. Your time spent will also allow us to sponsor several events throughout the year like the River & Road Cleanup, Environmental Town Hall, an Ice Cream Social, Kindergarten School Bags, College Scholarships, and Women’s Issues projects.

This year, the VWC Faire Volunteer jobs will be working the Front Gate, Beer and Wine Booths, and Monday Cleanup. Shifts are only 4 hours each! Volunteering for a shift also gets you in that day FREE! Volunteers for cleanup on Monday, get admission for the Faire day of their choosing. Volunteer for both days and experience it all!

And it will only cost you: your time —spent at a most wondrous event!

                                SIGN UP HERE


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Special Cowells Beach cleanup in honor of World Oceans Day, June 9, 9 – 11 am

For this cleanup, Save Our Shores will partner with the City of Santa Cruz’s Shrinking Shores event. Meet at the main entrance of Cowell Beach near the restrooms.  Restrooms and drinking fountains are on site. Parking is limited during the summer tourism season. We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Anyone and everyone is welcome and signups are not required