Habitat Restoration Program Workday

Fee: Free.

Location: LAT/LONG: 38.040928, -122.799679

Variable, meet at the Bear Valley Visitor Center

Dates & Times


Sunday, January 26, 2020


9:00 AM


4 hours

Type of Event

Volunteer Event


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 sturdy shoes, long pants, long-sleeved tops, and other seasonally appropriate clothing (i.e., extra warm/windproof layers), as well as to bring lunch and at least 2 liters of water. Get involved, meet new people, and make a positive impact on your environment!

Please join us for a Habitat Restoration Program (HRP) volunteer workday on Sunday, January 26, 2020 to tackle the evergreen perennial shrub Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius). More details will be available in mid- to late January.

We will be probably working in a coastal scrub/grassland mix and may be climbing some moderate slopes. Although poison oak may be present in nearby scrub, participants should not have trouble avoiding it during this project. However, if you are extremely sensitive to poison oak, Scotch broom work may be problematic for you. Broom removal can be physically challenging and also very rewarding. We have seen native grasses and forbs expand as we have removed Scotch broom.

Meet at 9 am in front of the Bear Valley Visitor Center. From there we'll carpool and caravan to the work site. We will work until 1 pm, and then have lunch near the work site.

We need at least four volunteers to confirm their participation by 4 pm on Thursday, January 23, 2020, in order to hold this workday. Please RSVP to Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email so that she can plan accordingly. Ellen will be in touch with those who have expressed interest if the workday has to be cancelled due to bad weather or lack of confirmed participants. If you sign up and then need to cancel after 4 pm on Thursday, please let Ellen know (by phone only).

If you are interested in helping restore habitat at Point Reyes, but can't participate in this day's event, visit our Volunteer: Habitat Restoration page to learn about other HRP workdays, including Third Thursday Weeders workdays, which are held on the third Thursdays of some months.

California Invasive Species Action Week

The goal of California Invasive Species Action Week is to increase public awareness and promote public participation in California's fight against invasive species. There are numerous ways for people to participate, either independently, or as part of an organized effort. For example, you can learn which invasive species are issues in your area, remove invasives from your property, select native plants for your garden, harvest them for food, or volunteer to remove invasives from a participating park. California Invasive Species Action Week is usually held in early June of each year. Check back in early 2020 for details about the 2020 CISAW.

California Invasive Species Action Week Youth Art Contest

Kids, you can learn about an invasive species that threatens your favorite outdoor place, and enter the Department of Fish and Wildlife's youth art contest. Winners will be announced during the Action Week! Check out the CISAW web page for poster contest details and to find out how you can take action: www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Invasives/Action-Week.

The CISAW Schedule of Events will be filled with volunteer opportunities and events hosted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, California's National and State Parks, and dedicated volunteer programs and organizations across the state. Check the Action Week web page to find a participating organization or event near you, or for details on hosting a project or event of your own!

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Contact Information

Ellen Hamingson
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