Volunteers Make it Happen

Point Lobos Native Plant Restoration Crew Welcomes You to Join in the Fun! Point Lobos Native Plant Patrol crew welcomes you to join our team the 1st and the 3rd Friday of every month and the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Come help restore the beautiful Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Restoration work activities include: weeding, seed collection, and planting! No experience is necessary to join in, everyone is welcome! Please bring water and wear clothing that will protect against poison oak, weather and ticks (long pants and long sleeved shirt). Gloves and a snack will be provided. Native Plant Patrol crew will meet from 9am-12pm, however may end early if weather conditions are difficult. Long considered the “crown jewel” of the California State Park system, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a magnet for nature lovers the world around. From its breathtaking beauty to its fascinating wildlife to its friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, Point Lobos is a place where one can escape to the serenity of nature at its best. While the California State Park system is working to find creative ways to sustain our State Parks, Point Lobos is flourishing due to the support of the Point Lobos Foundation. The Foundation is the sole source of funding for the model volunteer program, protects the Reserve's environmental health by funding work on trails, facilities and invasive plant removal, and is continuously striving to improve programs and services for children, people living with disabilities, and all visitors. Directions: Take Hwy. 1 South past Carmel. Take the turnoff on the right for Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. When entering the Reserve, let the kiosk attendant know you are volunteering with the Native Plant Patrol. Enter the Reserve and turn left down the service road opposite the turn to Whaler's Cove. Park and meet at the Rat Hill parking area to gather tools and carpool to the worksite. Please contact abonnette@pointlobos.org to RSVP and for more information.

Point Blue's Community College Conservation Summer Volunteer Program (Ongoing). Hosted by the Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed (STRAW) program, Point Blue’s Community College Conservation Summer Volunteer Program is an opportunity for community college students to be part of local conservation efforts, and learn more about environmental career pathways through an 8 week program, twice a week. Each week will include one Field Day and one Seminar Day, both days we will meet in Point Blue Conservation Science headquarters in Petaluma, CA. Transportation will provided for Field Days and Seminar Days will be held at Point Blue’s headquarter. During Field Days, volunteers will be immersed in first-hand experiences in conservation and habitat restoration through opportunities with non-profit, private, and government sectors. Field Days will include learning restoration techniques and methodology and then applying that knowledge to active restoration sites with the guidance of professional restoration technicians; additionally, field days can include field trips to other conservation sites such as conservation easements, plant nurseries, and public lands. Field Days are predicted to be 8 a.m. - 2 p.m, give or take an hour and will be held in different conservation sites throughout the northern San Francisco Bay Area. Seminar Days will focus on learning different environmental field career pathways such as environmental education, conservation biology, restoration science, urban planning, wildlife monitoring and conservation and much more. Seminar days will also emphasize creating tools and structures for students to envision and accomplish their academic and professional goals; taking time to learn about topics such as resume building, transferring to four year institutions, and navigating internship, undergraduate and graduate programs. A portion of the weekly seminar will be used to prepare and orient volunteers for their upcoming field day. Seminar Days are predicted to be from 9 am - 12:30 pm. Volunteers should be comfortable working in and around uneven terrain. This opportunity can be ideal for community college students looking to gain volunteers hours or field experience. Volunteer weekdays will be confirmed once volunteers have been selected to accommodate as many schedules as possible. For more information, please contact Alba Estrada López, STRAW Conservation Educator, aestrada@pointblue.org; Application link: https://forms.gle/4aXkqFvXUjw2BthH6.

Stewardship at Martin Griffin Preserve with Audubon Canyon Ranch. Participate in environmental stewardship with Audubon Canyon Ranch at Martin Griffin Preserve! We will be focusing on invasive plant management, so this is a great activity for those who enjoy weeding in the garden. Please bring a lunch, clothes you would garden in, sturdy shoes, and a water bottle. We will provide gloves, snacks, and tools. All experience levels are welcome! Volunteer stewardship workdays run on select Saturdays from 11am-3pm, we will be meeting at the parking lot at Martin Griffin Preserve in Stinson Beach. Public transportation to the meeting site is available via the West Marin Stagecoach route 61. Anyone is welcome, please RSVP so we know to expect you. Visit the ACR website’s calendar to see which Saturdays we are running programs. https://egret.org/calendar-public. For more information, contact Henry Inman at henry.inman@egret.org or 415-868-9244 ext. 102. Directions to the MGP's Picher Canyon are found at https://www.egret.org/directions_martin_griffin.

The American River Parkway Needs Volunteers for Invasive Plant Patrols (Ongoing). With over 40 species of fish, hundreds of plant species and 220 species of mammals the American River Parkway is an important natural oasis in our growing metropolitan area. From iconic Valley Oaks to endangered Salmon the Parkway contains some of the last remnants of our Great Valley. One of the largest threats facing the park today is invasive plants. Since 2009, the American River Parkway Foundation has managed the invasive plant population on the entire American River Parkway. Invasive Plant Patrol volunteers are committed individuals who receive training from ARPF Staff to identify and remove invasive plants from the Parkway throughout the year. Volunteers can work on their own or in groups. For more information, contact Jordan Powell at volunteer@arpf.org.

Presidio Trust Weekly Volunteer Programs! Volunteer activities happen just about every day of the week in the Presidio. Whether you have three hours or 500 hours to give, weekly volunteer programs provide flexible opportunities that work with any schedule. A summary of programs can be found on our website and include: Habitat Restoration, Horticulture, Sustainability, Forestry and Nursery opportunities. Our webite has the full calendar listing for more details: www.presidio.gov/volunteer/weekly-volunteer-programs.

Marin Municipal Water District Volunteer Program. Generally, on the third Saturday of each month, we lead volunteer habitat restoration events from 9 a.m. to noon. Individuals, groups, non-profit organizations, and families are all invited and encouraged to attend. This program focuses on invasive species control with a special emphasis on French Broom and Douglas fir. Sites are chosen to be scenic and accessible. Habitat restoration events are suitable for ages eight and up; volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and all volunteers under age 18 must bring a permission form signed by a parent or guardian. Individuals are welcome to drop in, groups should pre-register. Please contact us for a form: (415) 945-1418. For more information: marinwater.org/192/Volunteer-Opportunities.

San Elijo Lagoon Platoon. Join the thrill of hands-on conservation in San Diego's San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Lagoon Platoon is an all-volunteer community habitat restoration program. Volunteers are engaged in planting native species, invasive weed control, and debris removal. Location varies, contact Platoon@SanElijo.org or visit SanElijo.org/Restoration-Events to get involved! Weekly Steward Workshops—Wednesdays, 9:30am–12pm; Monthly Restoration Events—Third Saturday of the month, 9am–12pm

Help nature in the East Bay with Friends of Five Creeks. Join Friends of Five Creeks protecting and restoring restoring watersheds and nature in the East Bay (Berkeley to Richmond)! Our all-volunteer group, founded 1996, works hands-on, with projects from Tilden Regional Park to the Bay. Opportunities include: --Tuesday morning "weekday weed warriors"at different sites each week -- email to be notified of locations. --Monthly weekend work parties for the general public (listed on our web site, www.fivecreeks.org) . --Many work parties for student, religious, and business groups on their schedule. --Opportunities to lead groups. --"Adoption" of specific areas for ongoing stewardship. --Varying uses for professional and expert skills, helpful in building experience. Possibilities include GPS/GIS, photo monitoring, monitoring for pollution, monitoring for various kinds of wildlife, historic research, research into issues and possible advocacy, updating www.bluegreenbldg.org (website showing low-impact development), developing wide variety of outreach materials. Please see our website at: www.fivecreeks.org and contact: f5creeks@aol.com.

Starr King Open Space Call for Native Plant Restorationists and Land Stewards! Every 3rd Saturday of the month, neighbors and friends of SKOS meet on Coral Drive and Carolina (1215 Carolina St. 94107) in San Francisco and get down and dirty while sprucing up our Open Space. Starr King's maintenance, health and beauty depends on our volunteers. You may be surprised how much fun it can be helping out! Bring the family along and learn what's native and what's not. See you Saturday! We really appreciate your help. For questions, please contact starrkingboard@gmail.com or visit www.starrkingopenspace.org.

Point Reyes National Seashore Weed Watchers. As a Weed Watcher you will learn to identify invasive plants of the region, and how to map and report your findings. Volunteers will be trained in progressively more complex weed identification and data collection. Deepen your understanding of the natural world while playing an important role in the protection of the unique resources at the park. Gain valuable training in general botany, invasive species, and Global Positioning System (GPS) units and their use in conservation and resource management. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of this spectacular park, while also becoming a stewardship leader in your community. For more information on the Point Reyes Weed Watchers, please contact Natalie Howe, Natalie_Howe@nps.gov or 415-464-5201.

Golden Gate Weed Watchers. Become a citizen scientist of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Weed Watchers patrol national park trails in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin Counties, detecting and mapping weeds as they first invade. Discovering weeds before they become well-established is critical to preventing damage to ecosystem integrity, avoiding the loss of habitat for rare plants and animals, and reducing the need for costly natural resource management. For more information, contact Jennifer Jordan, 415-331-5023, Jenn_Jordan@nps.gov.

For information about the Weed Watching program in all of the San Francisco Bay Area National Parks, visit http://www.sfnps.org/weed_watchers.

Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch Stewards. Every Monday from 8:30 to 12:30 in Sonoma Valley. The 500-acre preserve includes a variety of habitats including a vernal pool grassland, oak woodland, riparian and chaparral. Many projects involve removing invasive species. Some are tied to a specific on-going restoration projects. For example, as part of our vernal pool restoration project, this group helped install fencing, rake accumulated thatch, remove two invasive species which were threatening the area, used GPS units to map another invasive species threatening the area, propagated seeds of native species in the greenhouse, and planted those propagated plants in the restoration area. The group meets every week, however individual members come when they are able. We would welcome volunteers who could join the group at least once a month. For more information please contact Sherry Adams: Sherry@egret.org, 707-938-8417. To learn more about Audubon Canyon Ranch please visit our website at www.egret.org.

Literacy for Environmental Justice. Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) is an urban environmental education and youth empowerment organization created specifically to address the unique ecological and social concerns of Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco, and the surrounding communities of Mission, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley, and Excelsior. The following are two volunteer opportunities for two different programs run by LEJ. 

Plants Gone Wild: Native Plant Nursery. Every 1st Saturday of the month 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 1150 Carroll Ave. SF, CA 94124. Volunteers will be: propagating native plants that are used to restore Candlestick Park and Heron's Head Park, working with youth from LEJ, helping with any current project going on in the nursery (i.e. building a new green house). For more information and RSVP contact: Patrick Rump 415-282-6840, Sloughyouth@lejyouth.org.

Heron's Head Park: 24 acre restored wetland. Every 2nd Saturday of every month 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The park is located at meeting of Cargo Way & Jenning St, SF CA. Depending on the season, volunteers help to plant native plant species, weed non-natives, and clean and maintain the wild areas of the park. For more information and RSVP contact: Myla Ablog 415-282-6440, heronshead@lejyouth.org.

Point Reyes Habitat Restoration Volunteer Program. Second and last Sundays of every month, 9am-2pm, at Bear Valley Visitor Center. We do accommodate large groups on other days and dates. Help protect a portion of California's rich biodiversity. Volunteer efforts are essential to the protection of many endangered animals found at Point Reyes National Seashore, such as the western snowy plover and California red-legged frog. Indigenous plants also benefit from our endeavor. Native plant communities support an enormous variety of diverse wildlife here at Point Reyes National Seashore. The work performed will have a lasting and positive effect on the native flora and fauna at the Seashore. A great learning opportunity for students and adults. Please RSVP with the Habitat Restoration Volunteer Coordinator. If coming with a group of 5 or more please contact the volunteer coordinator in advance. Bring sturdy shoes, long pants and shirt that can get dirty, warm layers, sun/warm hat, rain gear, sun block, lunch, snacks, water. Contact Kevin Sherrill 415-464-5223 kevin_sherrill@partner.nps.gov.

Redwood Creek Native Plant Nursery and Stewardship Program. Wednesdays and Saturdays (except holidays) from 10 am to 1 pm at Redwood Creek Watershed (Muir Woods to Muir Beach), Mill Valley, CA (RSVP for Meeting Spot information). Help restore a watershed! Not appropriate for small children; no experience necessary. Bring sturdy shoes, long pants and shirt that you can get dirty; warm layer (such as a sweatshirt or fleece jacket); sun hat/warm hat, depending on weather; rain gear, depending on weather. Call (415) 383-4390 or email RedwoodCreek@parksconservancy.org. RSVP for Directions.

Bolsa Chica Land Trust Stewards and Jr. Stewards Program. The Stewards meet twice each month — on the first Sunday and third Saturday, (rain or shine) — to restore native plant habitat at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (3842 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92649). We invite the community to join us at 9:00am (till noon). Please come dressed for mess with long pants, closed toe shoes and sunscreen — we provide everything else. This volunteer opportunity is open to the entire community, is great for families, school groups, scout groups, employee spirit days, church green-teams, etc. Great for all ages (little ones with parent/teacher please). Please call for more information or arrange for a group of 25; (714) 846-1001 or email Erin at erin@bclandtrust.org.

Upper Newport Bay Restoration Teamwork. Reservations required for groups over five. For more information, contact Matt Yurko, California Coastal Commission, 949-640-0286; www.coastforyou.org. Volunteer opportunities include:

Steward Days: Propagate native plants every Wednesday 9 - 11am. Meet at the Exotic Hut on Shellmaker Island, 600 Shellmaker Drive, Newport Beach

Restoration Teamwork: Help remove invasive plants and plant natives one Saturday each month 9 a.m. - 12 p.m at different sites around the Upper Newport Bay each month. Refreshments and tools provided. Contact Matt Yurko for more details.

Conservation Volunteer - America Conservation Experience (ACE). ACE is a non-profit conservation corps offering unpaid, team-based, entry level crew member opportunities for both American and International citizens ages 18-40 to take part in challenging outdoor projects in many of the most beautiful National Parks, National Forests and wilderness areas in the Western U.S. We often offer living stipend positions and as well as education awards through our AmeriCorps affiliation. Please ask us for more information on these seasonal positions and monthly start dates. ACE is dedicated to providing professional development and service learning opportunities for emerging land managers, environmental stewards, and conservation-minded corps members in culturally diverse and naturally inspiring settings. ACE members embody an ethic of environmental stewardship, learn practical conservation skills, and explore career options while accomplishing vital conservation projects in many of America's most spectacular open spaces. Potential applicants interested in meeting people from different countries while improving many of the most beautiful areas in the American West are strongly encouraged to apply! ACE accepts applications throughout the year. All positions are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis due to limited capacity and high demand for this program. Apply by completing our online registration at http://www.usaconservation.org/programs/conservation-volunteers/ and submitting a motivational statement stating your goals, background, and reasons for wanting to participate in our program. 

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