Volunteer: Habitat Restoration

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Surrounded by sand dunes, four volunteers with shovels dig up invasive grasses.
HRP volunteers remove invasive European beachgrass from dunes near Abbotts Lagoon.

Following guidance from the County of Marin Public Health Department, all volunteer programs have been suspended until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Join the original Habitat Restoration Program (HRP) at Point Reyes National Seashore to help protect and restore endangered plant and wildlife habitat at Abbotts Lagoon, the Lighthouse Bluffs, the Estero area, 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. Get involved, meet new people, and make a positive impact on your environment!


  • Conduct manual removal of invasive non-native plant species under supervision of park staff
  • Track amount of plant material removed in each workday
  • Use hand tools safely and responsibly, returning them to park staff at end of workday

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Desired

Ability to perform moderate physical labor, sometimes on steep, uneven terrain in windy, wet, foggy, cool, or hot conditions.

Special Requirements of the Position

Volunteers are advised to wear long pants, sturdy shoes and other seasonally appropriate clothing, as well as bring lunch and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. Weather at work sites may be considerably cooler than that at Bear Valley.

Schedule and Time Commitment

Workdays are scheduled throughout the year on either the second or last Sunday of the most months and on some third Thursdays.

For the Sunday workdays, we meet at 9 am at the Bear Valley Visitor Center and carpool to a work site elsewhere in the park, then work until about 1 pm. If you wish to participate in a Sunday workday, please confirm your attendance with Ellen Hamingson (see contact information below) before 4 pm on the Thursday immediately preceding the Sunday workday.

You are also invited to join the Marin Chapter California Native Plant Society's Third Thursday Weeders. This group meets on the third Thursday of most months. Please email Ellen Hamingson (see contact information below) in advance to get directions to the meeting place and other details. Plan to meet near the work site at 9:30 am and work until 1 pm, followed by lunch on-site.

For additional details about the next Sunday HRP workday or the next Third Thursday Weeders workday, visit our Calendar page and search for "Habitat Restoration."

Currently scheduled workdays for early 2020 include:

  • Sunday, May 10, 2020 - CANCELLED
  • Thursday, May 21, 2020 - CANCELLED

Volunteers are not required to work more than one day at a time. However, volunteers are welcome to work as many of the work days as desired.


Training is provided on-the-job.

Benefits to the Volunteer

Volunteers have the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful areas in the park and learn about local plant ecology while working alongside park staff. Volunteers enjoy the satisfaction of helping to protect and restore endangered plant and wildlife habitat.

Group Type

Individuals and groups welcome. Minimum group size is 4, maximum group size is 20. If you have a group of 5 or more, please call as far in advance as possible to see whether space is still available since many sites can support only a limited number of volunteers. Many groups contact us a month or more in advance. However, do not hesitate to call as late as the Thursday preceding the Sunday workday. Program staff usually take their weekends on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Sunday workday.

Minimum Age

Minimum age is 9. Minimum age for groups of 8 or more is 16. All volunteers under 18 must have a signed parental consent form. Please contact us (see below) for more information.


Housing and RV sites are not available.

Application and Contact Information

Please confirm your attendance before 4 pm on the Thursday immediately preceding the Sunday workday, or apply here. (You will be directed to Volunteer.gov.)

To confirm attendance and to request more information, contact Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email.

Visit the Habitat Restoration Volunteer Program page for more information.

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) is a nationwide event occurring in the spring to raise awareness of the threat of invasive species of plants and animals and what people can do to prevent their spread. Representatives from local, state, and regional organizations gather in Washington, D.C. in late February to discuss policies and changes that can be made to prevent and manage invasive species. A series of educational and advocacy events are planned online and in local communities. In the late spring, local partners hold public events to remove invasive species and educate the public. For 2021, NISAW will occur from Saturday, May 15 through Saturday, May 22. Visit NISAW's website to learn about local invasive species prevention, removal, and educational events.


California Invasive Species Action Week

The 2021 California Invasive Species Action Week will be observed from Saturday, June 5, through Sunday, June 13, 2021. The goal of the 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.

Artistic rendering of the acronym 'CISAW' as various invasive species. And the words 'California Invasive Species Action Week: Youth Art Contest.'

California Invasive Species Action Week Youth Art Contest

Kids, you can learn how to be an "Invasive Species Detective" and protect California by taking actions to stop invasive species from spreading. Invasive species are plants, animals, and microorganisms that are not native to an environment, and once introduced, they establish, quickly reproduce and spread, and cause harm to the environment, economy, or human health. Invasive species spread in various ways, including attaching to clothing or vehicles, or pets released by owners.

Create an original piece showing the actions an "Invasive Species Detective" can take to protect your community by stopping the spread of invasive species and enter it in the Department of Fish and Wildlife's "Invasive Species Detective" youth art contest. The deadline for entries is May 5, 2021, and 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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Last updated: April 1, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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