Every year the city of Napa honors Arbor Day in the most appropriate way: it’s planted over 1,000 trees in the past 30 years. Volunteers learn as they work, getting educated about tree species suited to the Napa climate and proper planting techniques. Pitch in at Alston Park on April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and enjoy a bite to eat and family entertainment when the planting’s done.
On the third Saturday of each month the Marin Municipal Water District leads volunteer habitat restoration efforts from 9 a.m. to noon; this month’s event, April 18, focuses on controlling invasive species such as French broom and Douglas fir. The sites chosen for this work are scenic, accessible and family friendly.
For almost three decades the Conservation Corps North Bay has enlisted people ages 18 to 30 to help restore nature and reduce waste. CCNB’s Natural Resources Program provides training and work experience. Volunteer crews have restored trails, reduced fire fuel and planted thousands of trees across the northern Bay Area — 6,792 last year alone.
How to Help
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For more on Marin:
- To Surf or Not to Surf? And How to Be a Sustainable Surfer?
- Stretch Your Civic Muscles: Volunteer in Marin
- Addressing Changes in Bolinas: Evan Wilhelm On Her Work to Bring the Community Together
Jessica is an international writer and editor who has lived and worked in London, Dubai and Cape Town. A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Jessica is the former editor of Abu Dhabi’s airline magazine, Etihad Inflight. She also worked for six years in a creative agency in South Africa, heading up publications for wineries, jewelry companies, and even an orchestra. She then moved back to California and decided to get serious about digital, brushing up with a course at General Assembly and launching into the role of Digital Editor for both Marin Magazine and the SF Bay section of Better.net. When she’s not checking out the latest exhibit at SFMOMA or searching out the best places to eat and drink near her home in San Francisco, she volunteers at the Marin Mammal Center in Sausalito.