Marin Chapter California Native Plant Society
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Volunteer Opportunities in Marin County
Growing Natives! lend a hand at the Marin CNPS Native Plant Nursery
No sooner do we sell all the beautiful plants we’ve been
growing than we get busy propagating still more plants!
We’ll start a number of plants from seed that we have
collected during the summer, including wildflowers for
the spring sale. We’ll also be potting on cuttings that
were being rooted during the summer, and when the
weather cools, we’ll be dividing Douglas iris, and taking
cuttings of Heuchera. I have a particularly vigorous stand
of Heuchera “Old la Rochette” in my garden from which
to take stem cuttings. It’s a learning experience, and our
volunteers usually make a party of it; we’ll have food and
drink and good cheer to share after we’ve done the work!
Soon we’ll also be learning a whole new set of skills
as we enter into an exciting partnership with Marin
County Parks and Sam Abercrombie, Ring Mountain
Stewardship Coordinator. We’ll be growing buckwheat,
blue-eyed grass, and several species of native grasses
to help restore a sensitive grassland ecosystem on the
mountain. Volunteers will have a chance to be engaged
in the whole restoration cycle—from collecting the seed
on site; to growing, transplanting, and tending the plants
in our nursery; and then planting them out, back on
site. Volunteers can contact Sam at (415) 473-2128 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on
his Ring Mountain work days, which are scheduled on the
last Saturday of each month, January through October.
Come help us propagate! Each session is fun and
educational. We work in the shade under a canopy,
where the tree frogs also like to hang out, and where
we have a good view of all the bird life in the area.
We’re all volunteering our time, sharing good energy,
our love of California natives, and tips and ideas
for their culture in the garden. As an added bonus,
volunteers helping with propagation often take home
choice plants for their own garden!
Following is a schedule of work days and times:
Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. : November 12,26; December 10
Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. : November 7,21; December 5
Come to Green Point Nursery, 275 Olive Ave. at the
corner of Atherton Ave. in Novato. No need to bring
anything; we have gloves and tools on hand, all necessary
supplies, and lots of grow-power!
I’m looking forward to sharing in the abundance of
plants propagated here at Green Point!
email@example.com, (415) 892-9148
Save Native Plant Habitat at Point Reyes
“Third Thursday Weeders”
Would you like to help improve plant habitat with your own two hands?
Join the “Third Thursday Weeders” -- a collaboration of the Marin chapter of CNPS and the
Environmental Action Committee of West Marin -- to tackle invasive weeds that threaten important plant habitat
in the Point Reyes National Seashore.
The Weeders meet regularly on the third Thursday of
every month, either in the Seashore or at other sites in
West Marin. The location of each work party is set in
consultation with Seashore staff. Over the past two years, we have removed infestations
of iceplant, veldt grass, European beachgrass, perennial
pepperweed, cape ivy and Napa star-thistle. We
have a good time and it’s highly rewarding to see the
native plants making a comeback in these areas!
Upcoming work days:
November 21 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
To sign up and receive notification of upcoming meeting places, please send an email to Ellen
Hamingson at Ellen_Hamingson@nps.gov. Be sure to let
Ellen know whether you plan to attend so we’ll know to
wait for everyone before heading to the work area.
Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks, warm and
wind-stopping layers, sturdy shoes, and work clothes.
For more information, contact Carolyn Longstreth at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 669-7514. Hope to
see you there!
The Zen of Weeding - Samuel P Taylor State Park weeding parties
Support Samuel P. Taylor State Park here in our own back yard and volunteer to participate in their new restoration program.
Please join us to relax and rejuvenate under the redwoods as we pull invasive forget-me-nots.
Sunday, November 3 from 1 to 3pm
Friday, November 8 from 1 to 3pm
Sunday, November 17 from 1 to 3pm
Bring gloves. Enter at the Camp Taylor sign on Sir Francis Drake.
To get in free, tell the rangers at the kiosk you are a volunteer weeder.
They will give you directions where to park and where to meet us.
Nancy Hanson 488-4202
More Volunteer Opportunities in Marin:
Mt. Tam - Marin Municipal Water District
Point Reyes National Seashore
Marin County Parks
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Save the Bay
Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
Audubon Canyon Ranch
Other Volunteer Opportunities Bay Area:
California Academy of Sciences
San Bruno Mountain Watch
SPAWN" (The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network)
Every Saturday, 10am - 1pm, Creekside Habitat Restoration
Join us as we plant, prune, remove invasives, and improve endangered coho
habitat in the San Geronimo Valley! Its a wonderful opportunity to learn
more about salmon and share rewarding experiences with like-minded folks
of all ages while restoring our local ecosystem.
Location varies, please visit SPAWN"S upcoming events for more details!
Every Friday, 10am - 1pm, Native Plant Nursery Day
Come out and help SPAWN volunteers at our very own Native Plant Nursery!
We cultivate beautiful plants destined for restoration sites throughout
the valley - everything from native blackberries and grasses to majestic
redwoods and Douglas fir. Be a part of transforming creekside habitat from
the ground up!
Mt Tam Watershed Volunteer Opportunities
To pre-register or for more information about MMWD volunteer events,
call 415-945-1128 or email.
Please call the morning of the event for rain cancellation notices.
It could be raining on Mt. Tam. but sunny 10 miles away or vice versa!
close-toed shoes and long pants, dress for variable weather and bring a reusable water bottle.
We will provide breakfast snacks, water, tools, parking passes and inspiration!
- Mt. Tamalpais Trail Crew Generally the 1st Saturday of
Trail Crew Days: November 2, December 7, January 11
Saturday, November 2, 9 AM to 2 PM
Fern Creek Trail
Join our Trail Crew and help us with vegetation, tread and drainage maintenance along
Fern Creek Trail. You will
be rewarded with a crisp start to the day and stunning views of the Golden Gate.
Meeting time and location: 9 a.m. at Mt. Tamalpais State Park's East Peak parking lot. A free day parking pass will be provided.
See our online map for this and all event locations:
- Mt. Tamalpais Habitat Restoration Generally the 3rd Saturday
of each month
(Drop-ins and families encouraged)
Habitat Restoration dates:
November 16, December 14, January 18
Saturday, November 16, 9 AM to 2 PM
Habitat Restoration & Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Help restore oak woodland and grassland habitat by removing outcompeting Douglas-fir seedlings on
Mt. Tamalpais and learn how to use the evergreen branches to make holiday decorations for your home.
All wreath and decoration supplies will be provided but please bring additional materials and
personal tools if you have them. Be creative and bring small ornaments, ribbon, dried flowers or sparkly bits
of recycled materials that can be repurposed for your own unique decorations.
The Habitat Restoration activity will be from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. After a lunch break (please bring your
own lunch; we will provide drinks), the workshop will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 pm
A free day parking pass will be provided.
This event is FREE but limited to 30 participants, so please reserve a space. The whole family is welcome!
Meeting time and location: Meet at 9 a.m. at the Lake Lagunitas parking area, at the end of Sky Oaks Road, off of Bolinas Road in Fairfax.
See our online map for this and all event locations:
Point Reyes National Seashore Volunteer Opportunites
At Point Reyes Seashore, we have a very great need for volunteers.
There are thousands of known species here, 131 of which rare, endangered, or threatened.
Nearly 20% of the State's flowering plant species are represented on the peninsula and
over 45% of the bird species in North America have been sighted here. That's a lot of plant
and wildlife to protect, and plenty of habitat to restore. That is why we need you to come
and lend a hand. This great and beautiful planet we call our home belongs to all of us and
therefore everyone must do his or her part to maintain its vibrance, diversity and health.
The greatest opportunity we will ever have to save our planet's ecosystems is right here,
right now. Come to Point Reyes and fulfill your sense of stewardship and express your love
for the environment. A volunteer will find few places more beautiful, captivating or rich
in diversity than Point Reyes National Seashore.
Habitat Restoration Program
We meet at the Bear Valley Visitor Center at 9am every second and last Sunday of the month.
Come as often as you would like. All help is welcome. Bring a lunch and water! We usually end at 1pm and eat lunch
together. Tools are provided.
There are scheduled dates we do not meet. Email or call ahead to make sure the group is meeting
the day you wish to volunteer. As always, the workday will
occur only if at least four participants confirm attendance by the preceding Thursday.
On Saturday, November 2, we'll be working with a national
Sierra Club service outing to remove iceplant patches north of Sir Francis Drake, staging from the
Lighthouse parking lot and probably working towards the cypress trees. Note that due to
complications with scheduling of the Boathouse for the Sierra Club, the workday will be on
Saturday instead of Sunday. I hope that some of you can join us for some much-needed help
targeting a number of small-to-medium-sized
patches that have grown while we have been working other regions of the site.
Since the Sierra Club group is joining us, this workday is definite. However, it would help me
in planning tools and logistics if you could phone or email me by 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1,
if you plan to participate.
As usual, we'll meet at the Bear Valley Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. and carpool or
caravan out to the Abbott's Lagoon trailhead. We will work until 1:00 p.m and then
eat lunch on site. Please wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and other work clothes, and
bring water, snacks, and lunch.
Future HRP workdays are currently scheduled for the following Sundays:
-Ellen Hamingson, Restoration Biologist Point Reyes National Seashore
e-mail or phone 415-464-5196 or fax 415-464-5183
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Volunteer Opportunites
The Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program
is a cooperative parkwide effort of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service,
and the Presidio Trust.
We need your help! Come out and lend a hand while enjoying the scenic landscapes of the
Golden Gate National Parks. Whether it be protecting endangered species habitat, restoring
historic features, improving trails, or caring for native plants in one of our nurseries,
you'll get to explore beautiful areas of the park, make a lasting impact on the
protection of your national park next door, and meet new people in your community.
Volunteer opportunities are available throughout Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo County.
Individuals and groups of all ages are welcome.
For more information, contact us at: (415) 561-3044 or email@example.com.
Marin County Programs:
California Academy of Sciences Volunteer Opportunites
The California Academy of Sciences is looking for volunteer plant mounters to prepare California botanical specimens for research.
Plant mounters glue dried plant specimens and accompanying labels onto acid-free paper.
We will provide training in the techniques used at CAS. Once adept, volunteers can schedule
their time here on weekday mornings.
Volunteers will need good manual dexterity, good eyesight, the ability to sit for long periods;
it helps to be free of plant allergies. You do NOT need a science background to participate.
We are asking for a regular time commitment of at least 2.5-3 hours, one morning per week.
Volunteers may come more often if their time permits.
New to CAS? Please call or email Rosalind Henning; 415-379-5111, firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Please call or email Rebecca Peters: 415-379-5392, email@example.com
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