Join Peninsula Open Space Trust and Grassroots Ecology for this fun and unique opportunity to volunteer at Ravenswood Open Space Preserve.

Join Peninsula Open Space Trust and Grassroots Ecology for a community event to restore California habitat!

Volunteers will be planting native plants at Ravenswood Open Space Preserve, learning about the history and ecology of the site along the way. Volunteers can expect to work in a flat area, this includes having their backs bent over for long periods, carrying buckets of water, and use of gardening tools. No prior experience required!

Ravenswood Open Space Preserve in East Palo Alto features a restored tidal salt marsh that serves as critical habitat for hundreds of species of shore birds, fish, and mammals, including the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse and Ridgway’s rail. The preserve is managed by Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and its main trail is part of the Bay Trail network, which circumnavigates San Francisco Bay.

Visit Grassroots Ecology’s Ravenswood Open Space Preserve webpage to learn more about the ecosystem and accessibility considerations. We will release more details closer to the date of the event. Keep an eye out for an email containing information about what to bring, wear, etc!

Grassroots Ecology is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for public lands and waters across Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Each year they engage thousands of people in hands-on education and service that improves our local environment.

Grassroots Ecology’s aim is to restore natural functions to the ecosystem by keeping invasive plants in check, growing locally native plants at their nursery, supporting stream restoration and fish passage projects, and planting a diversity of species in order to feed wildlife. Learn more at:

Join Us!

Grassroots Ecology encourages people from all identities and backgrounds to participate in our programs. Many of our programs are outdoors and involve moving and working in a variety of landscapes. If you have accessibility concerns (e.g. allergies, limited mobility, learning differences), our projects are flexible and we are happy to work with you. Please reach out to the workday facilitator so we can prepare for your participation.

Accessibility concerns? Questions? Cancellations? Email [email protected]

Please also note that this activity is best for children ages 14+. All minors must be accompanied by adults for the entirety of the event. Thank you!

COVID-19 Guidelines: We ask that you do not attend this event if you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms including: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea. Masks are not required but recommended.

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