UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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Day of Service to Honor Martin Luther King Jr., Jan 20, 9:30 am – 2 pm

A volunteer day of service with a speaker, regarding social justice, lunch and farm tasks such as weeding, planting and planning for Spring. Homeless Garden Project Farm, end of Delaware Ave. and turn right on Shaffer Rd.


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Elkhorn Slough Reserve Docent Training, Jan 25, Feb 1,8,15 & 22, 9 am – 3:30 pm

Docents engage visitors on interpretive trail walks, sharing the natural history and modern conservation successes of the Elkhorn Slough. Through hands-on activities, guided walks, and presentations from local experts, we’ll help you build the background and confidence to lead inspiring hikes during this five-Saturday course! Participants will learn about Elkhorn Slough’s wildlife and plants and the history of human impacts. Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville.


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Restoration Saturdays, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Jan 25, 9 am – noon

Come on out with our fabulous restoration staff to help plant native plants, remove exotic invasive plants, and/or help in our native plant greenhouse. We always make time for bird watching or a short hike around the wetlands for folks who are interested. Meet at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center, 500 Harkins Slough Road, at the top of Pajaro Valley High School next to the basketball courts to carpool to sites. And every 4th Saturday!


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Hidden Beach Cleanup, Feb 1, 9 – 11 am

Meet us at the entrance at the end of Cliff Drive before the playground.
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 parking available, so please plan accordingly. No RSVPs are necessary, but please sign our online waiver ahead of time at saveourshores.org/waiver. For other Save Our Shores beach cleanups in Feb, click HERE


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World Wetlands Day 2020, Feb 1, 9:30 am – noon

World Wetlands Day is an international day of action to restore wetlands and raise awareness about their importance. This year the Watsonville Wetlands Watch and the City of Watsonville will be planting native plants to restore the habitats of Struve Slough and planting native trees to improve Watsonville’s urban forest. This event will also feature live music, activities for kids and the whole family, food, and lots of fun. We’ll be out rain or shine so be sure to bring good gear. Meet us at the parking lot of Body Zone behind Nob Hill, (1810 Main St) at 9:30 to walk out to sites. For info email: yesenia@watsonvillewetlandswatch


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Beach Flats Neighborhood Cleanup – Limpieza del Vecindario, Feb 1, 10 am – noon

Beautify your street. Connect with your neighbors. Protect the San Lorenzo River.
Give back to the Beach Flats neighborhood during the Neighborhood Cleanup Day on Saturday, February 1 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. During this event, we will be picking up trash and beautifying the streets between Beach Flats Park and the San Lorenzo River, and the adjacent Santa Cruz Riverwalk. This is a fun way to get to know your neighbors and show the neighborhood some TLC. For info contact River Scientist Whitney Reynier at the Coastal Watershed Council at (831) 464-9200 or wreynier@coastal-watershed.org. Meet at Beach Flats Park, 133 Leibrandt Ave

Embelleces tu calle. Conéctes con tus vecinos. Protejas el Río San Lorenzo.
¡Apoyas al vecindario de Beach Flats, durante de Limpieza del Vecindario el sábado, 1 de febrero de 10:00 AM a 12:00 PM! Durante este evento, recogeremos basura y embelleceremos las calles entre Beach Flats Park a lo lado del Río San Lorenzo. El evento es un buena manera de conocer a tus vecinos y cuidar a tu vecindario. Equipo será provisto por Coastal Watershed Council y el Departamento de Obras Públicas de la Ciudad de Santa Cruz. Por más información, contacta a Whitney de Coastal Watershed Council al (831) 464-9200 o wreynier@coastal-watershed.org.


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River Health Day, Feb 8, 9 – 11:30 am

Join Coastal Watershed Council in planting native seedlings along the banks of the San Lorenzo River to increase biodiversity and revitalize the river ecosystem. We will meet on the east riverbank between the Soquel Ave and Laurel Street bridges. Gloves, tools and light refreshments provided. All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Info call: 464 9200 x104 before the event. Note that we’re starting 1/2 hour earlier than usual. RSVP HERE


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Younger Lagoon Reserve Restoration, Feb 8 & Mar 8, 9 am – noon

Younger Lagoon Reserve staff, student interns, and volunteers are working to restore approximately 47 acres of former agricultural land to native grassland, scrub and seasonal wetland habitats.  Located on UCSC’s Coastal Science Campus and known as the “Terrace Lands”, these lands were farmed for nearly 70 years, and left fallow for approximately 20 years until restoration efforts began in 2009.  Restoration efforts require extensive weed control, propagation of native plants, planting, and maintenance efforts; similar to farming or gardening, but in a wild-land setting. Each quarter, the reserve sponsors dozens of undergraduate interns and volunteers who participate in all aspects of restoration and stewardship activities. We will be prepping and planting our current restoration site. Please RSVP with Restoration Field Manager, Vaughan Williams at vwilliams@ucsc.edu in order to attend!

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Natural Bridges Tide Pool Docent Training, March 7 – April 8

Do you love to spend time in nature? Do you enjoy interacting with people? Does ocean life leave you in awe? Natural Bridges State Beach needs your help! Starting March 7th, come learn about the amazing tide pool habitat and how to lead tide pool tours for school groups on weekdays and the public on weekends. Docent training goes from March 7th-April 8th. Wednesday nights and Saturday afternoons. Student internships available.