Santa Cruz Mission Summer Archaeology Project, Mondays, June 26 to August 21, 10 am – 2 pm

Join Santa Clara University in partnership with California State Parks in gaining hands on experience in treatment and identifying archeological artifacts. Volunteers are needed to sort and process artifacts from the 2-year archaeological excavation at the Mission Santa Clara, conducted by Santa Clara University. Volunteers will receive formal lab training and will gain a clear understanding of California Mission life, based upon this latest research. Lab work will occur at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. For more info, contact Erik Hylkema with the Mission Santa Cruz State Historic Park (831) 425-5849 or email erik.hylkema@parks.ca.gov .


Pogonip Trail Work, Wednesdays, Aug 16 & 23, 5 – 7:30 pm

Our friends at Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz are working with the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation high school trail crew to complete a reroute of the Ohlone Trail, a hiking-only trail, in Pogonip Open Space Preserve. MBOSC performed the trail design and will be overseeing construction.

The original route of this trail follows a steep, fall-line alignment that is prone to erosion and that is not very pleasant to walk on. The reroute will bypass the steep fall line section of trail and provide a pleasant hiking experience. The trail travels through pristine oak and redwood forest. MBOSC is leading trail work sessions every Wednesday evening from 5:00-7:30pm focused on shaping and fine-tuning the rerouted section

The high school trail crew will also be working on the trail Monday-Friday from 8:30am-2:00pm. Volunteer help would be much appreciated! Email info@mbosc.org if you are interested in helping out!
Please lend them a hand if you are able! Sign up here!

Elkhorn Slough Reserve Education School and Youth Programs Volunteer Training, August 26-27, 9 am – 5 pm and Aug 31, 5- 6:30 pm

A special training for people interested in working with school and youth groups.  This two and a half day training will prepare volunteers for leading K-12 students in Reserve Education lessons— from using the microscopes in the Learning Lab to leading activities in the Visitor Center.  August 26 & 27 – 9:00am-5:00pm, and Wednesday, August 31, 5- 6:30pm. Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville.To register, please visit: http://www.elkhornslough.org/events/education-volunteer-training-2017/


Volunteer at the Mole and Mariachi Festival, Sept 9, 10:45 am – 5 pm

The Mole & Mariachi Festival is a benefit for nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in support of Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Proceeds from the festival fund educational programs, visitor services and restoration at the Mission. Whether you volunteer a few hours or the whole day, a donation of your time will help make the festival a success!  Thank you! Please arrive 15 minutes before your shift at the Volunteer Check-In table. If you are a minor, please have your signed liability waiver present. To sign up go to www.thatsmypark.org/volunteer/


Volunteer with the Trail Crew, Sept 16, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park’s ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters. Parking is $10 and supports the park.


Roadside Cleanup at Elkhorn Slough, Sept 16, 9 am – noon

The Annual Roadside Cleanup is a volunteer event for participants at least 18 years old. Meet at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville.  To participate in the International Cleanup at another location near you click here.  For more information call (831) 728-2822.


Sustain Supper at Homeless Garden Project, Sept 16, 3:30 – 7 pm

Volunteers needed to put on this delicious event at our organic farm, Volunteers will help prepare and host a gourmet, 4-course dinner prepared by exceptional, local chefs featuring local, organic food. The afternoon’s event includes engaging talks by renowned speakers focusing on sustainability, including our Keynote Speaker, Tom Steyer, Founder & President of NextGen America. For info: Homeless Garden Project. To volunteer contact our Volunteer Coordinator,  Keren Reichler