Bay Nature magazineSummer 2023


How to Be Helpful: Your Summer 2023 Stewardship Opportunities

Yes, summer is for getting outside. But it is also a season for new experiences and new people. Here’s how to combine all three.

July 20, 2023
A bobcat.
A bobcat rests in a bed of duff in the Santa Cruz Mountains. (Photo taken with a custom trail camera by Max Allen Photography)

SF & Coast: Beach Beautifiers
A perfect summer day at a San Francisco or San Mateo coast beach: stretch out on the sand, read a summer novel, take a dip in the chilly waves, and meet other ocean-loving peeps while spending an hour or two in an organized Pacific Beach Coalition cleanup. The weekend gatherings are held regularly; all ages are welcome.

South Bay: Trail Angels Needed
Build trails, restore habitat, and repair fencing on the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority’s more than 30,000 acres of protected land in Coyote Valley and the surrounding hills. Land Steward volunteers help staff and can show up just once or on a monthly basis.

California Coast: You Otter Help
Seals, sea lions, and sometimes otters are rescued up and down the California coast and brought to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito for medical care. Want to get in on the rescue and response action by helping to assess and transport animals? The center depends on volunteers, 21 and older, for that. Look for this and many other volunteer opportunities at

Pittsburg, Contra Costa County: Farm to Fork
Help run the 3.5-acre organic Family Harvest Farm in Pittsburg and learn about the land and local food systems. Work outdoors, use your strength, and be part of the diverse team that makes this farm, a project of the John Muir Land Trust, thrive and grow. Read more on
Sonoma & Napa Counties: Creep on the Local Wildlife
Want to help your neighbors learn about the mountain lions and other wildlife of Sonoma and Napa? Join the Living with Lions Trail Camera Project and work with Audubon Canyon Ranch to install a trail camera on your property. The images will help answer questions about wildlife density and habitat needs and will most definitely delight the local community.

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