Restoration Saturdays, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Nov 23, 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!


Family Volunteer Day, Nov 23, 9:30 am – noon

Join the Coastal Watershed Council and spend time with your family rehabilitating the San Lorenzo River! Family Volunteer Day is a global day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods. At the San Lorenzo River, you and your family are invited to help plant native species along the river to support birds, bugs, pollinators and a thriving river ecosystem. All ages and experiences are welcome. The first 20 volunteers to register on CWC’s website will receive a free Family Volunteer Day t-shirt. For more info and to register go HERE


San Lorenzo River Cleanup, Nov 23, 10 am – noon

Join Save Our Shores  dedicated team of stewards and the City of Santa Cruz for a cleanup along the San Lorenzo Riverwalk from Water St. to Soquel Ave. Meet us on the riverwalk next to pedestrian bridge, on River St. South – across the street from Regal Riverfront Cinemas.  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.  No RSVPs are necessary, but please sign our online waiver ahead of time to save time and reduce our paper use at saveourshores.org/waiver. For questions call Emily at 462-5660, x3

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Volunteer Information Night, Dec 5, 5 – 6:30 pm

Join us for an evening talk on opportunities in research, education, and stewardship at the Reserve. We will share background on the Reserve’s volunteer program and highlight the myriad of ways you could get involved. The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve provides critical habitat for an abundance of organisms, from sea otters and sharks to bobcats and salamanders. Whether you are passionate about restoring habitat or looking to share your love of nature with others, there’s a spot for you on our team – come discover it! Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville.  Questions? Contact Ariel Hunter, Volunteer Coordinator: ariel.hunter@wildlife.ca.gov, 728-2822, x303  FREE! No RSVP required!


Scott Creek Beach Cleanup, Dec 7, 9 – 11 am

We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a filled reusable water bottle. Save Our Shores encourages volunteers to avoid single-use plastics at our cleanups. Learn more about our current campaigns to reduce plastic pollution. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. We STRONGLY recommend closed-toed shoes at all of our cleanups.
There are no restrooms or drinking fountains on site. Parking is limited, so please plan accordingly. Please note that this location is not handicap accessible; there is a steep trail and no defined path to the beach. Please print, complete & bring our waiver to save time.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at emily@saveourshores.org.


Public Planting Day at Hester Marsh, Dec 7, 10 am – 1pm

Help restore critical salt marsh habitat in the Elkhorn Slough! Participants will explore the Hester Marsh restoration project with the Reserve’s Stewardship team, and plant native salt marsh plants. Naturalists will be on hand to point out salt marsh wildlife and loan binoculars. Gloves, tools, and light snacks will be provided. For more info: Ariel Hunter, Volunteer Coordinator:  ariel.hunter@wildlife.ca.gov  728-2822, x303. Free and Registration is required. Elkhorn Slough Reserve’s Hester Marsh


Tree planting, Dec 11, 10 am – noon

The City of Santa Cruz, Environteers & Sierra Club will be planting 25 trees (10 maples & 15 coast live oaks).  The City will provide tools & trees and pre-dig the holes! Bring your gloves, boots and water. Please sign waiver when you arrive. Meet across from 360 Meder Street at University Terrace park near the western intersection of Nobel Dr & Meder street. For info email Leslie Keedy at lkeedy@cityofsantacruz.com


Docent Training at the The Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Jan 8 – March 11, 2020

Docents work in our visitor hall to connect the public with the ocean using hands-on, marine science interpretation. Docents are also trained to lead 30 and 45-minute tours of the Seymour Center and Long Marine Lab research facilities. Learn about sea life and current marine science research at our 10-week docent training! All training sessions take place at the Seymour Center on Wednesdays (5:30-8:30 PM) and Saturdays (10 AM-3 PM), January 8th – March 11th, 2020. Docents must be 18 or older and willing to commit to one volunteer shift every other week for one year after completion of training.