Big Creek Volunteer Stewardship Program  

Big Creek's mission is to encourage research and teaching while preserving the ecological integrity of the Reserve. While we work hard towards being good caretakers, there are many tasks that need to be done that our staff simply can't do without extra help. Our trails and roads need regular maintenance. Many invasive species are constantly threatening to push out native ones and fundamentally change the landscape. Control or removal of invasive plants needs to be followed by restoration. Proper stewardship requires a commitment to managing all these tasks now and into the future.

Our stewardship program is a way for people concerned with the above issues to volunteer and learn about these aspects of land management while helping to keep Big Creek as pristine as possible. We are also interested in offering ways for students to earn education credit by participating.

We offer the following stewardship opportunities:

  • Trail maintenance
  • Campground maintenance
  • Invasive species removals

By integrating these tasks into our long term vision of land stewardship, we provide our volunteers with a hands-on learning opportunity and hopefully the satisfaction gained by being a part of a concerted effort to protect Big Creek Reserve.

To join our contact list please send an email to bigcreek@ucsc.edu

If you would like more information, please call the Big Creek Reserve office: (831) 667-2543.

 

Thank You!