Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer at the Hedrick Ranch Nature Preserve

When: Starts at 9:00 am
Sunday, March 8th
Saturday, April 4th

Where: 20395 South Mountain Road – Santa Paula, CA 93060 (map)

HRNA has been protected for wildlife and Santa Clara River restoration for many years and volunteer days are essential to help to maintain and continue the effort. Help nature whilst sharing a morning with the birds, plants and wildlife who call it home. Here is the monthly schedule, please note if the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday! Tools and gloves are available but you’re very welcome to bring your own. Please bring water to drink and clothes to work in vegetation that may have some poison oak and brambles.

Here’s the general work list: 

  • Remove downed trees along the trail.
  • Pull weeds along trail
  • Remove tree tobacco throughout that area.
  • Remove baccharis (mulefat) and willows that are taking over the bioswale area. 

Directions: From the entrance on South Mountain Road, drive down the field road to the kiosk at the HRNA entrance.

The dates are show above through April. We will work in light rain but cancel if heavier. Please look out for updates prior to the day.


Santa Clara River Clean Up Nature Day

When: Starts at 9:00 am
Saturday, April 4th

Where: 802 Owens River Dr – Oxnard, CA 93060 (map)

It’s the second time ever we are opening the Santa Clara River to the public! Everyone is invited to explore and help do clean up on the river levee from Windrow park to Hwy 101. We’ll have a wildlife observation station full of binoculars for you to borrow and see species in the riparian corridor. Check for red tailed hawks especially now that there are new raptor poles every 500′ on the river. A professional biologist will be available to assist spotting animals.

Many other interesting things to do including a live river model to experiment with hands on. Really shows science is fun!

You will be on location of the proposed Santa Clara River Loop Trail

This Clean Up Nature volunteer work day is a partnership of Ventura Sierra Club and Friends of the Santa Clara River. Kids 14 and under must be with an adult. No dogs please.

Please wear long pants and sleeves for protection from thorns or glass! Bring water in a reusable bottle, and sun protection! We’ll have some gloves and bags, but bring yours to use if you want.

Street parking near Windrow Park, walk up on the levee to sign in.


Ethnobotany Nature Trail at the Fillmore Fish Hatchery OptOutside Event #OptOutside

When: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Where: 612 E Telegraph Road – Fillmore, CA (map)

Please join us at the Fillmore Fish Hatchery to prepare the new Interpretive Trail for its official public opening (coming soon)! There will be weeding, trail work, planting in the garden and planning for the opening in late March.

The Ethnobotany trail is growing with help from volunteers every 3rd Saturday of the month. Starting December 21st, be a part of creating and maintaining an interpretive trail telling the story of the river, it’s and history. This project is a collaboration between FSCR, The Santa Clara River Conservancy and CDFW. Initial funds were provided by the Coastal Conservancy to establish some first plants and now it is growing with care from volunteers and community donors. It is a resource for environmental science field trips as well as a peaceful trail to explore our local plants. Hope to see you there!

Please wear sturdy shoes, long pants, a hat and clothes you are happy to get dirty! We’ll have water and snacks but it’s always good to have your own water and sunscreen. We’ll have gloves and tools but bring your own if you’d like.

Directions: From Highway 126, take the turn for the Fillmore Fish Hatchery, 1/2 mile east of Fillmore. Please give time to look and make the turn safely as 126 can be busy. Parking available.

More Information at https://www.rei.com/blog/news/optoutside-will-you-go-out-with-us


Ribbon Cutting for the Ethnobotany Native Plant Nature Trail at the Fillmore Fish Hatchery

When: Saturday, March 28th 2020, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: 612 E Telegraph Road – Fillmore, CA (map)

You’re invited! Please join us on Saturday, March 28th for the public opening. Come fill your senses and be a part of the day!  Friends of the Santa Clara River received grant funding for this wonderful Interpretive garden and trail from the California State Coastal Conservancy.  USCB and the Santa Clara River Conservancy supported the effort along with volunteers from the public.  Enjoy the trail through the garden and learn about our local ecology, wildlife and habitat restoration along the Santa Clara River.  Many of the plants share a long history with the local Chumash and Tataviam peoples of the area who used these plants for food, medicine, and building materials. We’ll have locally grown refreshments, native plants for sale to take home and more!

Directions: From Highway 126, take the turn for the Fillmore Fish Hatchery, 1/2 mile East of Fillmore. Please give time to look and make the turn safely as 126 can be busy. Parking available.