Sand, Surf, and Family Service along the California Coast
- Help restore the environment by removing invasive plants and plating natives
- Spend free time swimming, fishing, surfing, or looking for sea otters, seals, and other wildlife
- Enjoy all that Santa Barbara area has to offer
- Oceanside camping with hot showers and flush toilets
- All necessary tools
- All meals
|Dates||Jun 22–28, 2014|
We will be removing invasive plants and planting natives to restore habitat that can support a rich assemblage of dune vegetation. The Coal Oil Point Preserve, where we will work, has become a nesting site of the endangered Snowy Plover, and is part of the Audubon Society's Goleta Coast Important Bird Area. Our second project will restore native plants in the San Marcos Foothills Preserve, which looks out over miles of coast and ocean.
The trip starts at 4 p.m. at the El Capitan State Beach campgrounds, 17 miles north of Santa Barbara. The four work days and day off will be scheduled based on weather and final project needs.
The nearest airports are in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. While transportation to the campground is the responsibility of the participants, a roster will be sent out in advance to facilitate carpooling. Maps and directions to El Capitan State Beach will be provided.
Accommodations and Food
We will be staying in one of the most beautiful state beach campgrounds in California, with hot showers, flush toilets, and even a store. RV hookups are available. The campground offers swimming, bike and hiking trails, coast access for fishing, surfing and kayaking, as well as plenty of shade. Meals will be provided, beginning with dinner on Sunday, June 22, and ending with breakfast on Saturday, June 28, the day we break camp. Food will be organic when possible, vegetarian friendly (but with plenty of meat options), and kid friendly. Your answers to a questionnaire sent in advance will allow the cook to include some of your favorites and avoid food allergies. Come with the attitude that food is part of the adventure!
Equipment and Clothing
Tools will be furnished, but each family member will need to have sturdy work shoes (not tennies), long pants, and long-sleeved work shirts to protect from sun, insects, and scratches. Everyone also needs a hat for sun protection. Santa Barbara has a mild climate. It is best to have layers of comfortable clothing, as temperatures may range from 40 to 85 degrees.
In addition to camping equipment, each participant will need a day pack to carry lunch, water, sunscreen, etc. to the worksite, a plastic container to hold lunch, and a plate, cup, fork, knife and spoon for meals in camp. We have a well-stocked first-aid kit for emergencies, but you should bring bandages, OTC painkillers, and any medication you require.
In 2014 America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The Sierra Club, various other organizations with a wilderness focus, and the four federal wilderness management agencies are vigorously planning this celebration. The goal of the effort is to assure that a broader public knows about the concept and benefits of wilderness. Sierra Club Outings is a vital part of the celebrations for wilderness.
While the Act was far in the future when our outings program started, we were already promoting the principle behind it: to forever set aside from human developments certain special places, by civic agreement. This is the basic principle on which the Sierra Club was founded. The wilderness anniversary gives us an opportunity to highlight our organization’s leading role—in publicizing this principle, in passing the 1964 Act, and in achieving more designated wilderness since then.
Notes for Sierra Club Outings
- Carbon Offsets
- Electronic Billing and Forms
- Electronic Devices
- How to Apply for a Trip
- Leader Gratuities
- Liability Release and Assumption of Risk
- Medical Issues
- Non-discrimination Statement
- Participant Approval
- Reservation and Cancellation Policy
- Seller of Travel Disclosure
- Travel Insurance
- Trip Feedback
- Trip Price
- Wilderness Manners