Monthly Volunteer Recap: February Workday Impacts! | Cal Parks

Monthly Volunteer Recap: February Workday Impacts!

In February, we had 179 incredible volunteers dedicate 537 hours of service to state parks all over California! These hard-working individuals worked on projects that enhanced park experiences for visitors, protected nature and wildlife, and helped our parks become more climate-resilient. Thanks to these special volunteers who help make our work to protect and preserve California’s state parks possible!  

February Impacts:  

  • 9 workdays  

  • 18,210 square feet of invasive species removed  

  • 545 native plants planted  

  • 65 bags of trash collected  

  • 30 picnic tables repaired 

“My team loved this experience. We had four kids with us, and they learned so much - about native plants, about planting and use of tools, about working with as part of a group, and best of all, building the habit of contributing to their communities and the environment through community service. A real win-win experience! My 8-year-old son said more than once, "I don't want this to end!" We will definitely do it again!” - Volunteer, Los Angeles State Historic Park  

 

Enhancing positive park experiences for all visitors at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park!  

 

16 volunteers joined our workday at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Saturday, February 5. Volunteers stained and waterproofed 30 picnic tables, spruced up food boxes, and prepped the comfort station for painting! Our volunteers support the needs of the parks and their staff by preparing the popular campgrounds for the upcoming opening in April and help create positive park experiences for all visitors.  
 
Click here to join our next workday at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park! 

 

Protecting wildlife and nature at Border Field State Park!  

 

 

18 volunteers joined our workday at Border Field State Park on Saturday, February 5. Volunteers removed 1,000 square feet of invasive plants such as ice plant and wild chrysanthemum. Invasive species compete with native plants for vital resources such as water, nutrients, and sunlight. Removing invasive species will help native plants thrive and benefit important wildlife habitat for the Western Snowy Plover, the California Least Tren, and the Light-footed Clapper Rail.  
 
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Building climate resilient parks at Half Moon Bay State Beach and Candlestick Point State Recreation Area!  

33 volunteers joined our workday at Half Moon Bay State Beach on Saturday, February 12. Volunteers removed 1,550 square feet of invasive species such as ice plant, hemlock, mustard, and thistle. They also planted 375 native plants to help restore coastal habitat. By reintroducing native flora, volunteers create a diverse ecosystem that the native wildlife needs to survive and thrive. Ongoing volunteer restoration efforts also increase the park's resilience to extreme sea level rise, temperature, and rainfall variations.  
 
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17 volunteers joined our workday at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area on Thursday, February 24. Volunteers removed 2,250 square feet of invasive species. Their efforts will help prep the park for planting native plants, which is vital to support the living shoreline around Yosemite Slough. This workday ensures better habitat for wildlife and protects the coastline from sea level rise impacts.  
 
Click here to join our next workday at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area! 

 

Are you ready to join a community of park supporters? Check out our calendar to see what workdays are around your area: volunteer.calparks.org