Monterey District Natural Resources Volunteer Program

ABOUT THE MONTEREY DISTRICT NATURAL RESOURCE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM:

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The Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) leads ongoing natural resource management projects across the Monterey District of California State Parks. Volunteers and State Parks staff work together on projects including: invasive plant control, habitat restoration, sign and fence maintenance, litter removal, native plant propagation, trail maintenance, and public outreach.

The Natural Resource Volunteer Program currently has regularly scheduled volunteer workdays at eight different State Parks: Fort Ord Dunes State Park, Asilomar State Beach, Carmel River State Beach, Ishxenta State Park, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Garrapata State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. We can also schedule additional programs for schools, groups of friends, family, youth group, team, club, or non-profits.

ABOUT NATURAL RESOURCES IN THE MONTEREY DISTRICT: 

The California State Parks Monterey District consists of 18 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.

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!

Upcoming Special Events


Fort Ord Dunes State Park Volunteer Bike Tour Flyer. Saturday, May 18th, 9 AM — 12 PM  with CA State Parks Foundation & State Parks NR Team. Meeting location: Fort Ord Dunes State Park main parking lot (end of 8th Street in Marina). Project: Celebrate National Bike Month! Join our bike tour around Fort Ord Dunes State Park to remove invasive vegetation along the park's paved trails! The route is approximately 5 miles on a paved bike path. There will be lots of stops and no one left behind!  All types of bicycles, e-bikes, or non-motorized active transportation (skateboards, scooters, etc.) are welcome.  All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Helmets are required by CA law for people under age 18.  Be sure to bring water! RSVP at: calparks.org/volunteer 

Volunteer Bike Tour: Fort Ord Dunes State Park

Saturday, May 18, 9am - 12:30pm

w/ CA State Parks Foundation & State Parks NR Team


Meeting location: Fort Ord Dunes State Park main parking lot (end of 8th Street in Marina)

Celebrate National Bike Month! Join our bike tour around Fort Ord Dunes State Park to remove invasive vegetation along the park's paved trails! The route is approximately 5 miles on a paved bike path. There will be lots of stops and no one left behind!

All types of bicycles, e-bikes, or non-motorized active transportation (skateboards, scooters, etc.) are welcome.

All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Helmets are required by CA law for people under age 18.

Be sure to bring water!

RSVP here with CSPF

Contact Volunteer.Monterey@parks.ca.gov for more info


WEEKLY & MONTHLY WORK PROJECTS - NATURAL RESOURCES VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Each month we hold several natural resource volunteer event days in our lovely Monterey State Parks. Come by yourself or with friends and family!

RSVP for State Parks Natural Resource projects email: Volunteer.Monterey@parks.ca.gov 

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

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

BE SURE TO RSVP AND EMAIL WITH QUESTIONS!


MONTHLY VOLUNTEER PROJECTS:

  • Every Friday: ASILOMAR STATE BEACH | 9 AM — 12 PM w/ State Parks Natural Resources Team
    Meeting location: Location varies. Contact Rosie.Eisner@parks.ca.gov for more information
    Project:
    This is a WEEKLY program where we work in the greenhouse, collect seed, plant native plants, remove invasive plants, and more! Project and meeting location will vary week by week.
  • 2nd Thursday: PFEIFFER BIG SUR AND ANDREW MOLERA STATE PARKS | Thursday, 8/10/2023 | 9 AM — 12 PM w/ State Parks Natural Resources Team
    Meeting location: Meeting location varies. Please visit our volunteer event page for the latest information.
    Project:  Once a month, we volunteer at either Andrew Molera or Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Activities may include weeding invasive plants, habitat restoration, collecting litter, and more!
  • 2nd Saturday: CARMEL RIVER STATE BEACH| 9 AM — 12 PM w/ State Parks Natural Resources Team
    Meeting location:
    Southern Carmel River State Beach, at the intersection of Ribera Rd. & Cuesta Way. Please visit our volunteer event page for the latest information.
    Project: Join us for a volutneer day at beautiful Carmel River State Beach. Activities may include weeding invasive plants, habitat restoration, collecting litter, and more! *Friendly reminder*: Restrooms are not easily accessible from this meeting location.
  • 2nd Monday: Broom Bash - ISHXENTA STATE PARK | 9 AM — 12 PM w/ State Parks Natural Resources Team
    Be part of one of our longest running volunteer projects! Join us at Ishxenta State Park for a morning of pulling invasive French Broom from the beautiful Monterey Pine Forest. Volunteers must be comfortable walking and working in difficult terrain, off-trail, and in areas with poison oak, steep slopes, and ticks. RSVP to Volunteer.Monterey@parks.ca.gov. Meet at this pullout along HWY 1 to catch the shuttle to the project location. *Friendly reminder*: Restrooms are not easily accessible from this meeting location. Please visit our volunteer event page for the latest information.
  • 3rd Wednesday: POINT LOBOS STATE NATURAL RESERVE | 9 AM — 12 PM w/ State Parks Natural Resources Team
    Meeting location: Check in with the front Kiosk for this month's meeting location. Please visit our volunteer event page for the latest information.
    Project: Join us for a volutneer day at iconic Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Activities may include weeding invasive plants, habitat restoration, collecting litter, and more!

  • 3rd Saturday: FORT ORD DUNES STATE PARK | 9 AM — 12 PM w/ CA State Parks Foundation & State Parks Natural Resources Team 
    Meeting location:
    Fort Ord Dunes State Park main parking lot (end of 8th Street in Marina) 
    Please visit our volunteer event page for the latest information.
    Project:
     
    Join us for a morning of invasive plant removal to improve habitat for the endangered Smith's Blue Butterfly and other park inhabitatnts!
  • 3rd Sunday: CNPS Broom Bash - ISHXENTA STATE PARK | 9 AM — 12 PM w/ CNPS Monterey Bay & State Parks Natural Resources Team 
    Be part of one of our longest running volunteer projects! Join us at Ishxenta State Park for a morning of pulling invasive French Broom from the beautiful Monterey Pine Forest. Volunteers must be comfortable walking and working in difficult terrain, off-trail, and in areas with poison oak, steep slopes, and ticks. Meet at this pullout along HWY 1 to catch the shuttle to the project location. *Friendly reminder*: Restrooms are not easily accessible from this meeting location. Please visit our volunteer event page for the latest information. RSVP to montereycnpsstewardship@gmail.com

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

Follow us on Instagram: @Monterey_natresource_volunteer


 

Snowy Plover Guardian Program

The Snowy Plover Guargian Program Logo. An adult plover and a plover chick pose in front of a yellow circle.


The Snowy Plover Guardian Program is currently recruiting interested volunteers to join us for the overwintering season (October - February)! Online training is October 25th. Learn more at our new Plover Guardian webpage.

Contact us to get involved: Volunteer.Monterey@CA.Parks.gov

 

California State Parks and the Monterey Audubon Society are excited to announce the return of our Plover Guardian Program!

The goal of program is to encourage public stewardship of coastal ecosystems and to promote responsible recreation practices that protect native species, especially the Western Snowy Plover, a Federally Threatened shore bird that nests and overwinters on our beaches. Join our team of beach-roaming Plover Guardians and make a difference for this special habitat. 

To learn more about the Western Snowy Plover, visit the Monterey Audubon website. To get involved with the Plover Guardian Program, visit our new Plover Guardian webpage.

For more information, please contact us at: Volunteer.Monterey@CA.Parks.gov