Monterey District Natural Resources Volunteer Program

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The Monterey District Natural Resources Vounteer Program has a new website! Visit the links below to learn more about our program.

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!

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