UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew, Nov 10, 9 am – 2 pm

Since 1969, the The Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The 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, or call 338-8883


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Natural Bridges Beach Cleanup, Nov 10, 11 am – 1 pm

Join us for our November clean-up at Natural Bridges. We will provide clean-up gear but don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen! Sponsored by Santa Cruz Chapter of Surfrider


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Sunny Cove Beach Cleanup, Nov 17, 9 – 11 am

Join Save Our Shores and clean up Sunny Cove after one of Santa Cruz’s busiest holidays! Please meet us at the end of Johan’s Beach Drive at the main entrance to the beach. 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 restrooms on site, but there are no drinking fountains. Parking will be limited 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. Contact: Nia Corrico-Diener @ 831-462-5660 ext  2

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Hazelwood Park Community Planting Day, Nov 17, 10am – Noon

Community planting events are a great opportunity to contribute to the restoration and health of our local wetlands and watershed. Volunteers are needed to add native plants that will enhance the natural habitats within the park and capture rainwater runoff from surrounding streets, filtering it before it drains into Struve Slough.  Located near Rolling Hills Middle School this pocket park has a newly paved and improved bicycle and pedestrian trail for students and residents which has been funded by an Urban Greening Grant from the California Natural Resources Agency to the City of Watsonville and Watsonville Wetlands Watch.

Urban pocket parks, like Hazelwood Park, are an oasis for both wildlife and our community.  In addition to environmental benefits such as supporting urban birds and sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, revitalization of green spaces in neighborhoods has been shown to provide many benefits to the public from improving mental health to purifying the air to reducing temperatures and providing shade.  Come on out to this event that will be fun for the whole family and help bring some wild and beauty to this park! Sponsored by Watsonville Wetlands Watch.

Hazelwood Park 297 Herman Ave, Watsonville
For more info contact Denise 831-234-3210 or denise@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org


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Amah Matsun Land Trust Gardens Work Day, Nov 17, 1 – 5 pm

Volunteer work days at Pie Ranch (MAP) are on the third Saturday of each month, from 1:00-5:00. Please RSVP for this workday by emailing the AMLT Team at info@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


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Prospective Volunteer Night, Nov 28, 6:30 – 8 pm

Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Follow Delaware Ave to the UC Santa Cruz Marine Science Campus entrance at the end of the road—this road becomes McAllister Way. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is the final building located on the ocean bluff, next to the giant blue whale skeleton. For info call 459-3800


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Planting Black Oak at Castle Rock, Dec 1, 10 am to 3 pm

We invite you to join Sempervirens Fund in the field and participate in the restoration of a unique black oak woodland at Castle Rock State Park.  Continuing a project we began on Earth Day 2018, we will be planting more oak trees in advance of winter rains, building browsing cages to protect the young oaks from deer, and adding to a temporary irrigation system.  You’ll have a chance to learn about native plants from Sempervirens Fund’s knowledgeable staff and volunteers, and get a behind-the-scenes look at Castle Rock’s new state-of-the-art Kirkwood Entrance. Activities are moderately strenuous and will include digging and planting on sloped/uneven terrain. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please bring a bag lunch and water, and wear closed toe shoes and appropriate attire for working in the dirt.
Your children and friends are welcome; please share the invitation!


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Corcoran Lagoon Beach Cleanup, Dec 1, 9 – 11 AM

Join Save Our Shores and our dedicated team of stewards to ensure the Corcoran Lagoon is clean and free of debris. 
Please meet at the end of 26th Ave. at the top of the stairs. There are no restrooms or drinking fountains on site. Parking is limited during the summer months. Biking and walking to the beach are highly encouraged.
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 nia@saveourshores.org . Come make a difference with us!


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River Health Day, Dec 8, 9:30 am – noon

Make a difference in the lower San Lorenzo River ecosystem by volunteering with a Coastal Watershed Council’s River Health Day. Volunteer and help remove invasive ice plant growing along the banks of the San Lorenzo River and plant beneficial native plants in its place. Ice plant takes over the riverbank, stops other plants from growing and as a result limits biodiversity in the river ecosystem.
We recommend that all volunteers dress in comfortable gardening clothes, include long pants, socks and sturdy shoes. Bring sun protection and a reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is available on Front Street.
This event will take place on the west bank of the San Lorenzo River upstream of the Laurel Street Bridge. Meet at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk behind the Sherwin Williams building located at 408 Front St, Santa Cruz. For more info call (831) 464 9200.


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Public Planting At Hester Marsh, Dec 8, 10 am – 1 pm

Looking for a way to give back to the Slough? Join us at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve’s Hester Marsh for a public planting day! We will aim to put several hundred salt marsh grasses into the ground to restore the native wetland landscape. Our Stewardship Coordinator will give a brief overview of our restoration project and goals before showing everyone how to successfully plant.
No training is required and the event is open to participants of all ages, provided those under 18 have a parent or legal guardian join them. The event will require movement across uneven terrain. Registration required, click HERE