MONTEREY DISTRICT NATURAL RESOURCES VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

MONTEREY DISTRICT NATURAL RESOURCES MONTHLY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

ABOUT THE MONTEREY DISTRICT NATURAL RESOURCE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM 

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We are happy to be able to host socially distant volunteer work days every month! Come by yourself or with friends and family! Every month we hold four natural resource volunteer event days in our lovely Monterey State Parks.

California State Parks is following current CDC guidlines regarding COVID 19 protocols for groups. We ask that all attendees please be mindful of keeping a 6-ft. distance between themselves and others. Wearing a mask is necessary if you have not been vaccinated. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have had any flu-like symptoms over the last 14 days, we ask that you please stay home. At each work day, remember to bring your own mask, water, sunscreen, and a midday snack when attending out programs. We are excited to get our hands dirty and enjoy safely working with our community of volunteers!!

To RSVP for State Parks Natural Resources projects email: Samuel.Winter@parks.ca.gov

To register for the California State Parks Foundation co-sponsored projects visit: https://www.calparks.org

NOTE: Poor air quality from wildfires, or inclement weather due to rain or high winds, will cancel work days. Social distancing protocols are required.
BE SURE TO RSVP AND EMAIL WITH QUESTIONS!

 The California State Parks Monterey District consists of 17 park units that stretch north to south along the Monterey Bay and Big Sur coast. Some of the   District’s park units are Fort Ord Dunes State Park, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Garrapata State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, and Pfeiffer Big Sur   State Park. Altogether, the District manages approximately 16,000 acres of land to preserve natural resources and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

 These parks are home to a variety of plants, animals, and plant communities, including multiple species of threatened, endangered, or rare plants and   animals. These species include the Smith’s blue butterfly, California red-legged frog, and countless rare annual flowers such as Monterey spineflower, Sand   gilia, Coast wallflower, and Yadon’s piperia. The Natural Resource Division protects these natural resources by restoring and conserving native plant   communities threatened by competition from non-native, invasive plants and increased off-trail use.

The Natural Resource Volunteer Program leads on-going natural resource management projects across the District that include invasive plant control,   revegetation, vegetation mapping, wildlife habitat restoration, sign and fence maintenance, and trail maintenance. It takes many hands to restore and protect   natural resources in our State Parks and we cannot do it without the service and support from dedicated volunteers.

The Natural Resource Volunteer Program currently has regularly scheduled volunteer workdays at four different State Parks: Fort Ord Dunes State Park,  Garrapata State Park, Carmel River State Beach, and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. We can also schedule additional programs for school groups who   would like to come for a class field trip or we can schedule a project for a group of friends, family, youth group, team, club, or non-profit.


WEEKLY & MONTHLY WORK PROJECTS - NATURAL RESOURCES VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

We are happy to be able to host socially distant volunteer work days every month! Come by yourself or with friends and family! Every month we hold four natural resource volunteer event days in our lovely Monterey State Parks. We have added weekly natural resources volunteer days at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds for 2022.

Special Volunteer Event Announcement! 
Join us on Monday, August 1st  (9am-1pm) for another day in the Asilomar greenhouse! We need YOUR help to sow 2,500 seeds in preparation for our volunteer restoration sites at Carmel River SB and Garrapata SP.  Bring water, snack, closed-toe shoes and sun protection. Tools, training, coffee, and glove provided! Meet at Asilomar Greenhouse.
 Contact: Samuel.Winter@parks.ca.gov for more information.

JULY 2022 VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHTS

645 Hours Logged

155 Number of Volunteers

114 Bags of Panic Veldt Grass removed by Point Lobos SNR Docents

1568 Number of seed cells sown at July Greenhouse Day

California State Parks is following current CDC guidlines regarding COVID 19 protocols for groups. We ask that all attendees please be mindful of keeping a 6-ft. distance between themselves and others. Wearing a mask is necessary if you have not been vaccinated. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have had any flu-like symptoms over the last 14 days, we ask that you please stay home. At each work day, remember to bring your own mask, water, sunscreen, and a midday snack when attending out programs. We are excited to get our hands dirty and enjoy safely working with our community of volunteers!!

Come by yourself, or with friends and family!

RSVP for State Parks Natural Resource projects email: Samuel.Winter@parks.ca.gov

Register for California State Parks Foundation co-sponsored projects at: www.calparks.org

NOTE: Poor air quality from wildfires, or inclement weather due to rain or high winds, will cancel work days. Social distancing protocols are required.

BE SURE TO RSVP AND EMAIL WITH QUESTIONS!

Every Friday: ASILOMAR STATE BEACH | Friday, August 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th | 9 AM — 12 PM w/ State Parks Natural Resource Team  Meeting location: Location varies. Contact Samuel.Winter@parks.ca.gov for more information  Project: This is a WEEKLY program where we collect seed, plant native plants, remove invasive plants, cage our endangered species, and more! Project and meeting location will vary week by week.

MONTHLY PROJECTS

  • 2nd Saturday: CARMEL RIVER STATE BEACH | Saturday, 08/13/2022  9 AM — 12 PM w/ State Parks Natural Resource Team Meeting location: Southern Carmel River State Beach, at the intersection of Ribera Rd. & Cuesta Way Project: Join us for a morning of ice plant removal and seed collecting! In preparation for our fall restoration activities, we’ll be pulling invasive weeds along the bluffs and collecting seeds to grow in the greenhouse. *Friendly reminder: Restrooms are not easily accessible from this meeting location..
                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • 3rd Saturday: FORT ORD DUNES STATE PARK | Saturday, 08/20/2022 | 9 AM — 12 PM w/ State Parks Natural Resource Team & California State Parks Foundation
    Meeting location: Fort Ord Dunes State Park NORTH PARKING LOT (end of Lake Court in Marina) Project:
    Join us in the historic Fort Ord Dunes for a morning of volunteer work! This month, we’ll be pulling invasive wild mustard and ice plant from the fragile and dynamic dunes. *Friendly reminder*: Restrooms are not easily accessible from this meeting location.
  • 3rd Wednesday: POINT LOBOS STATE NATURAL RESERVE | Wednesday, 08/17/2022 | 9 AM — 12 PM w/ State Parks Natural Resource Team Meeting location: Whaler’s Cove Parking Lot Project: This month, we’ll be returning to Carmelo Meadow to remove non-native plants! We’ll be pulling invasive grasses to aide in the recovery of this beautiful native grassland.
    *Special note: Inform the kiosk staff that you are attending the volunteer work day for complimentary admission when you enter the park.
  • 4th Tuesday: GARRAPATA STATE PARK |Tuesday, 08/23/2022 | 9 AM — 12 PM w/ State Parks Natural Resource Team & California State Parks Foundation
    Meeting location: The parking area for access to the Soberanes Canyon Trail (Gate 8).
    Project: In preparation for our fall restoration activities, we’ll be removing invasive ice plant from the beautiful Soberanes Point. Note: A half-mile walk is required to reach the project site from the trail head.

Thank you to all the hardworking volunteers who join us each month. Together, we accomplish so much!

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