Archives for September 2011

National Wildlife Refuge Week Kickoff

Volunteer Planting Project to Restore Wildlife Habitat

Saturday, October 8th, 9am-Noon
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center


Who? Open to the entire community. Families, individuals, scout groups, local clubs and organizations are welcome to participate. All volunteers under 18 must bring parent-signed permission forms, available by request. Volunteers under the age of 16 must attend with an adult.

What? Help restore habitat by installing native plant species. No special skills necessary to volunteer – only a willingness to get your hands dirty.

When? Saturday, October 8th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What to wear/bring? Volunteers must work in long pants and boots or sturdy shoes. We also recommend bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. The Tijuana Estuary provides work gloves and tools.

Where to meet? For projects held at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge (TSNWR), meet at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center.

For more information:

National Public Lands Day: Sat. Sept. 24

Saturday, September 24th
Border Field State Park
9am to noon

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States.

Volunteers at the Tijuana Estuary will plant native vegetation to help restore a section of Border Field State Park. No special skills necessary, just a willingness to get your hands dirty!

Please be sure to wear long pants and closed toe shoes. Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and reusable water are recommended as well.

Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring signed parent consent forms (available by request), and volunteers under 16 must attend with an adult.

Check out the progress volunteers having been making on this restoration site since 2009:

Photos of restoration site in 2009

Photos of restoration site in 2010

Photos of restoration site in 2011

Last year, 170,000 volunteers worked at over 2,080 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. NPLD volunteers:
-Removed an estimated 450 tons of trash
-Collected an estimated 20,000 pounds of invasive plants
-Built and maintained an estimated 1,320 miles of trails
-Planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants
-Contributed an estimated $15 million to improve public lands across the country