Acterra Stewardship's work depends upon community volunteers. Volunteers may carry out habitat restoration work at our project sites, adopt a plot or stretch of creek to steward, conduct research, or help out at our nursery. Volunteer individually, or contact us to arrange a special workday for your corporate or community group.
Our volunteer days offer something for everyone:
- NEW! Habitat Tracker Program: We invite youth, teachers, classes, and volunteer groups to participate in our recently developed Habitat Tracker Program, which actively engages youth in land stewardship by teaching student facts about the ecosystems through a fun, adventurous activity. Students team up and use Global Positioning System (GPS) to find educational geochaches hidden along Arastradero Preserve's trails. It's a perfect synergy between our technologically "plugged-in" lives and the outdoors. Students will learn how to navigate themselves with GPS units and deepen their connection with nature. For more information, please contact Joan Dudney, joand*acterra.org
- Saturday Workdays: Generally open to individuals of all ages except where noted. Help with habitat restoration at Arastradero Preserve, Redwood Grove, or along creeks on the lower peninsula. You will learn about local ecology while helping to improve it!
- 3rd Tuesdays: Join our hard-working 3rd Tuesday crew for a chance to get outdoors during the week. This program rotates to each project site.
- 21 and Up Workdays: 21 and Up is for community members old enough to remember life before Facebook. Workdays followed by optional socializing and possibly a hike.
- Wednesday Weed Warriors: Held every Wednesday at Arastradero Preserve. Work alongside our experienced weed warriors to tackle problematic invasive plants.
- Native Plant Nursery: Nursery volunteer days are Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. At times, there is a waiting list of prospective volunteers so it is best to call in advance before visiting the Nursery.
- Groups: Have a community or school group that would enjoy working together on a restoration project? Please fill out the Group Event Request Form and email it to stewardship*acterra.org.
- Custom Corporate Packages: Looking for a unique employee teambuilding retreat or a custom-designed employee volunteer day? Our experienced team will work with you to design an unforgettable day of habitat restoration, learning, and fun in one of the Peninsula's most beautiful nature preserves. Packages start at just $500. Contact Stewardship Director Alex Von Feldt at alexv*acterra.org.
Improve the ecological health of landscapes at home, school, or work. Replace thirsty lawns and invasive plants with edible landscapes and drought tolerant, native plants that attract wildlife. Store rainwater to use later on your summer garden. Learn more through our Urban Ecology programs.
Acterra Stewardship staff and other local experts host a variety of hikes and hands-on workshops. Learn about ecology and sustainability practices at these fun and informative events. For more information, please visit our Hikes and Workshops webpage.