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Irvington High School Change Project

If under the age of 18, you MUST complete this form and bring it with you to any volunteer opportunity. 

Crab Cove / Crown Memorial Beach

Thankful for the Bay Beach Cleanup #18787

Crown Memorial State Beach – Crab Cove Visitor Center                      Morgan Dill
12:30–2pm, Sun, Nov 26, 2017
CRAB COVE VISITOR CENTER: Show thanks for the shore by cleaning up the beach and searching for interesting items that have been washed ashore. Bring your own gloves and bucket or borrow ours. Meet at the Visitor Center. No registration; drop-in. For information, call (510) 544-3187.                                                                    

Bayside Beach Cleanup #18791

Crown Memorial State Beach – Crab Cove Visitor Center                      Susan Ramos
2-4pm, Thu, Dec 28, 2017
CRAB COVE VISITOR CENTER: Winter storms bring oodles of nurdles and other trash to our beach. Come out and help clean this afternoon. Great way to get community service hours! Bring your own gloves and bucket or borrow ours. Meet at the Visitor Center. Info: (510) 544-3187.                                             

New Year’s (eve) Resolution: Weed Warriors Unite! #18864

Crown Memorial State Beach – Crab Cove Visitor Center                      Michael Charnofsky
10:30am-12:30pm, Sun, Dec 31, 2017
CRAB COVE VISITOR CENTER: Resolve to help Crab Cove’s native plant and butterfly gardens by pulling out noxious weeds and beautifying the landscape!  Bring a friend.  Snacks, hot cider, and tools provided.  Constant rain cancels. Info: (510) 544-3187.

Native Plant And Butterfly Gardening  #19396    

Crown Memorial State Beach – Crab Cove Visitor Center                    Michael Charnofsky
12:30-3:30pm, Sat, Jan 20, 2018     
CRAB COVE VISITOR CENTER: Help beautify the Visitor Center as we prepare our butterfly and native plant gardens for the rest of winter.  Spend the afternoon weeding, pruning, and mulching.  Snacks and refreshments served, tools provided.  Students earn community service hours.  Heavy rain cancels.  8+yrs.
Registration Required. On-line at www.ebparksonline.org or by phone 1-888-327-2757,
option 2. Use course code #19396.

Winter Beach Clean Up #19459

Various Parks                                                                                 Interpretive Staff
2-3:30pm, Wed and Thu, Jan 3,4, 2018
10-11:30am, Fri, Jan 5, 2018
12-2pm, Sun, Jan 28, 2018
9-10:30am, Sat, Feb 3, 17, 2018

Crab Cove Visitor Center

Winter storms wash up unusual items, including trash! Get out of the house and help us clean the beach. Bring buckets and gloves or borrow ours. Students earn community service hours. No registration; drop-in. For information, call (510) 544-3187.            

Wed Jan 3, 2018: Encinal Beach.
Thu, Jan 4, 2018: MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline (Garretson Staging Area)
Fri, Jan 5, 2018: Crab Cove  
Sun, Jan 28, 2018: Crab Cove
Sat, Feb 3, 2018: Crab Cove
Sat, Feb 17, 2018: Crab Cove

Coyote Hills Regional Park

Coyote Hills has three projects that are great for Irvington High School Change Project teams:

Creek Clean Up (at Niles Staging Area)

Trash collection along Alameda Creek at the Niles Staging Area. Analyze the trash, categorize it and come up with a public awareness campaign.
Contact the Naturalist staff at Kparkison@ebparks.org for more information or to schedule a meeting time.

Tule House Rethatching (at Coyote Hills)

Help re-build our Tule House and learn about a part of Ohlone culture, past to present.
Contact the Naturalist staff at Kparkison@ebparks.org for more information or to schedule a meeting time.

Invasive Plant Removal (At Coyote Hills)

Remove invasive plants to help restore the full native diversity of the area.
Contact the Naturalist staff at Kparkison@ebparks.org for more information or to schedule a meeting time.

Quarry Lakes Regional Park

Weeding the Rare Fruit Tree Grove – up to 8 students (two groups per day)
Students will work with the Quarry Lakes Gardener to help keep the Orchard at the Rare Fruit Tree Grove free of unwanted weeds.  
Bring your own gloves and a water bottle. 
Contact Quarry Lakes staff at Dpellarin@ebparks.org  for more info or to schedule a meeting time.

Invasive Italian Buckthorn Removal – up to 8 students (two groups per day)
Students will work with the Quarry Lakes Gardener to remove this evergreen bush that is overgrowing parts of the park.
Bring your own gloves and a water bottle.  Wear long sleeve shirt and pants.
Contact Quarry Lakes staff at Dpellarin@ebparks.org  for more info or to schedule a meeting time.

 

Sunol-Ohlone Wilderness

Sunol-Ohlone Wilderness has two projects that are perfect for Irvington High School Change Project teams.

Sunol Invasive Plant Mitigation – up to 10 students (2 groups)

Students will work with Interpretive Staff to identify and remove invasive plants from along the Sunol Visitor Center section of Alameda Creek. We will be identifying plots, and using hand removal to eliminate invasive plants.

Note: We will have 6 dates chosen for work days at the Sunol Visitor Center. Students will be given individual log in for the Sunol Shiftboard group and will be expected to sign up for work days online.

Native Bee Box building – up to 10 students (2 Groups)

Students will work with Sunol Staff to design and prep for construction Native Bee Box Habitats. Much of this work will be done independently with direction from Sunol Staff. The finished product will include the prepared materials to construct the boxes at Wildflower Festival and educational instructions to accompany the completed boxes. Students will also be expected to volunteer at the Sunol Wildflower Festival on April 8, 2017 to help participants “build” the Bee Boxes that the students have prepared for construction.

Citizen Science monitoring using iNaturalist – up to 20 students (4 Groups)

Students will be trained on how to use the iNaturalist app to document biodiversity in Sunol. They will work with Interpretive Staff to identify areas of the park that need more intensive documentation, and create observations in those areas. This project will help create data to monitor change and observe effects of climate over time.

Note: We will have 2 dates for training days at the Sunol Visitor Center. Students will be given individual log in for the Sunol Shiftboard group and will be expected to sign up for training days online. Students will be expected to make their own arrangements to hike areas in need of observation, and must make a minimum of 15 research-grade observations in order to receive volunteer credit.

Contact the Naturalist staff at svisit@ebparks.org for more information about these two environmentally helpful projects.