Volunteers help protect and restore endangered plant and wildlife habitat at Abbotts Lagoon, the Lighthouse Bluffs, and other high value habitat areas at Point Reyes National Seashore. Visit some of the most beautiful areas in the park and learn about local plant ecology while you work alongside park staff to carry out ecological restoration projects. We encourage volunteers nine years of age and older of all backgrounds and experience levels to participate. Tools, gloves and training are provided. Participants are advised to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and other seasonally appropriate clothing, as well as to bring lunch and water. No shorts or open-toed shoes. Get involved, meet new people, and make a positive impact on your environment!
Join the Habitat Restoration Program on Sunday, December 8, meeting at 9 am at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. From there, the HRP team will be heading out to the Estero Road for Scotch broom removal. Work that day will require some climbing of steeper sites as most of the plants that have germinated in the last year or two are located along ridges. Depending on the size of the group, we may move down Estero Road from the junction with Sir Francis Drake, to the first ranch road, and possibly even to the Estero Trailhead.
If you wish to join this workday, please RSVP to Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email by 3 pm on Thursday, December 5. If we do not have at least four participants confirmed by then, the workday may be cancelled.
HRP, the "Sunday Team," meets in front of the Bear Valley Visitor Center (directions) at 9 am. Call in advance to confirm the workday (occasionally the team travels to another park) and to discuss carpooling needs. We generally work until 1 pm, then eat lunch on site. Groups of volunteers ages 16 and older may schedule additional weekend or weekday dates; contact Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email.
Thanks to those of you who joined us on November 2 to assist the Sierra Club service group with much-needed iceplant removal in the area between the Lighthouse parking lot and the Lighthouse apartments. Two returning and one new volunteer joined 20 Sierra Club participants to dig out 240 square meters of dense iceplant. We will return to the area to build on this progress.