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Earth Day with our L.A. Works Partners

Below we are featuring some of our amazing partners doing great work around Earth Day. Click on an opportunity below. 

Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival


We want to especially highlight The Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival hosted by KCET: a full-day festival on April 21st from 9:30am - 6:30pm of environmental screenings open to the public. There will be hundreds of VIPs, celebs, politicos, and local environmental leaders, participating. KCET has lined up some local celebs to introduce the films in advance. Change-driven organizations that include L.A. Works, the Sierra Club, River LA, Heal the Bay, Citizens' Climate Lobby and Project Save Our Surf will be on site to inform attendees what they can do to make a difference in our community. 

For tickets and information visit: kcet.org/green

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Habitat Restoration at the Audubon Center at Debs Park

Quick Overview: Help beautify and restore the natural flora and fauna of Debs Park. We ask you to join us in removing undesirable weeds and watering our native restoration areas. With your help, we can make Northeast LA a bird friendly community. Mission or Broader Program Description: The Center’s mission is to inspire people to experience, understand and care for the local natural world. The nature-based education and community programs at Debs Park are designed to engage children and their families in the outdoor world, and to give them a personal stake in its protection by making environmental issues relevant to their lives. The Center is operated by Audubon California, a state field program of National Audubon Society, and is a vital part of Audubon’s national outreach initiative to engage Latino audiences. The Center, which is surrounded by predominately Latino neighborhoods, is a unique gathering place and dynamic focal point for outdoor recreation, environmental education and conservation action. Impact: We are a field program of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest conservation organizations in the country. We are situated in the largest piece of public open space in the lower Los Angeles River Watershed. The Center is a vital and unique gathering place for the Northeast LA community. Our mission is to inspire people to experience, understand, and care for the local natural world. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Join us in and around our native plant nursery where we propagate plants and maintain habitat restoration sites. Activities include watering, weeding, mulching, berm building and repair, seed collection, processing and sowing, potting, and planting. Learn about native plants and local bird species as you restore important native habitat within more than 17 acres around the center. Put your hands in some soil and bird while you build habitat! We need you, but more importantly, our neighBIRDS need you! Requirements: Be sure to bring lots of water, sun protection, and clothes you don't mind getting dirty! Remember to wear closed-toe shoes and dress in layers. Please fill out the downloadable waiver below and bring it with you to your first day.

Los Angeles, CA

10/17/18 8:00 AM +more

Grow Native Plants and Restore an Urban Park

Join us at the Audubon Center at Debs Park's nursery to cultivate native vegetation and recreate a natural, sustainable park-scape. WHO: The Audubon Center at Debs Park's mission is to inspire people to experience, understand and care for the local natural world with nature-based education and community programs. WHEN: The 3rd Friday of every month at 9 am WHERE: Northeast LA, exact address to be disclosed once you register below. WHY: Help maintain a school garden in order to provide nourishment & education for kids. ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy to moderate REQUIREMENTS: Must be an RSVP Member ACCESSIBILITY: Street parking only. *This project is managed by L.A. Works for our nonprofit partner and is led by an L.A. Works Volunteer Project Leader. L.A. Works is a nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles, CA

10/19/18 9:00 AM +more

Habitat Enhancement at Steelhead Park!

Quick Overview: Help beautify and restore the natural flora and fauna of Steelhead Park. We ask you to join us in planting, removing undesirable weeds, and watering our native restoration areas. With your help, we can make the LA River watershed a bird friendly community. Mission or Broader Program Description: The Center’s mission is to inspire people to experience, understand and care for the local natural world. The nature-based education and community programs at Debs Park are designed to engage children and their families in the outdoor world, and to give them a personal stake in its protection by making environmental issues relevant to their lives. The Center is operated by Audubon California, a state field program of National Audubon Society, and is a vital part of Audubon’s national outreach initiative to engage Latino audiences. The Center, which is surrounded by predominately Latino neighborhoods, is a unique gathering place and dynamic focal point for outdoor recreation, environmental education and conservation action. Impact: Your efforts will improve the overall health of the Los Angeles River through habitat enhancement. Growing and planting California native plants throughout the park will also increase the biodiversity of the LA River. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: This event will mark the beginning of our planting season at Steelhead Park this year. Join us to plant native plants at our adopted pocket park! Other activities include weeding, trash collection, raking, and removing invasive plants. Please remember to fill out a minor volunteer waiver form if minors (under 18) are attending projects. The form can be found on L.A. Works website Q&A section. Requirements: Be sure to bring lots of water, sun protection, and clothes you don't mind getting dirty! Remember to wear closed-toe shoes and dress in layers.

Los Angeles, CA

10/20/18 9:00 AM

Outdoor Volunteer Day: White Point Nature Preserve

Join us for our Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve! You will help care for the White Point Native Plant Demonstration Garden by planting native shrubs, removing invasive weeds, watering native plants, grooming trails and more! Your efforts will help restore this habitat for wildlife as well as create a beautiful place for the community to enjoy! White Point is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Enter the free parking lot from the Western Blvd as it turns into Paseo del Mar. We are located at the end of the road on the left-hand side. We will be working outdoors, so please wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection and be sure to bring drinking water and a snack. Thank you for volunteering!

Los Angeles, CA

10/20/18 9:00 AM +more

Family Volunteer Days at George F. Canyon

Quick Overview: Join us at George F Canyon Nature Center every 3rd Saturday from 10am to 11am for a fun volunteer day for the whole family! Volunteers will learn about environmental stewardship while engaging in fun activities in our demonstration garden. Great for all ages! Requirements: Children under the age of 15 must come with parent supervision. All participants are required to wear close-toed shoes and outdoor appropriate clothing. Seeking families! Mission or Broader Program Description: The mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC) is to "preserve land and restore habitat for the education and enjoyment of all." Impact: It will get families outdoors and more educated about enviromental issues from a young age Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Families will help with garden activities while learning from our naturalist

Rolling Hills Estates, CA

10/20/18 10:00 AM

Outdoor Volunteer Day: Native Plant Nursery

Come volunteer with us at PVPLC's Native Plant Nursery! You will help transplant seedlings and prepare native plants to be planted in restoration sites around the Peninsula to improve wildlife habitat! The Native Plant Nursery is located in San Pedro on a secured Navy Fuel Support Point. All volunteers must bring a photo ID (driver's license or school ID) and must register 48 hours in advance to participate. Volunteers who do not sign up in advance and receive a confirmation will not be permitted to enter the Navy base. Your vehicle may be subject to search. Please arrive 15 minutes early to account for the security. Volunteers will be working outdoors, so please wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection and be sure to bring drinking water and a snack. Thank you for supporting the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy!

Los Angeles, CA

10/27/18 9:00 AM +more

Outdoor Volunteer Day: Alta Vicente

The mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC) is to "preserve land and restore habitat for the education and enjoyment of all." Program Description: Please join us for our Outdoor Volunteer Day from 9am to 12pm at Alta Vicente Reserve! Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: We will be working to remove invasive weeds which degrade important wildlife habitat and will be replacing them with native, drought tolerant plants! We will be working outdoors, so please wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection and be sure to bring drinking water and a snack. A reusable water bottle is recommended.

Rch Palos Vrd, CA

11/3/18 9:00 AM +more

*SPRUCE IT UP: Revitalize TreePeople Park

What: Maintain trails, plant, and tend the nursery at TreePeople Park. TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles. Volunteer Project: L.A. Works volunteers come out to help maintain TreePeople Park, a 45-acre area that thousands of Los Angeles-area students visit every year to take part in environmental educational programs. Volunteers help maintain trails, remove invasive plants, re-grade slopes and tend the nursery. Special Note: This is a physically demanding project. This project will occur rain or shine. Age Requirement: Volunteers for this project must be at least 14 years of age. Minors: Any volunteer under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. Accessibility: L.A. Works firmly believes that we strengthen the social fabric of our community by involving all in service. If you feel you need accommodations to participate in this project please email us at info@laworks.com. Questions? Email the Opportunity Leader below. If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please click on the SIGN UP button. *This project is managed by L.A. Works for our nonprofit partner and is led by an L.A. Works Volunteer Project Leader. L.A. Works is a nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Beverly Hills, CA

11/10/18 9:00 AM +more

Heal the Bay - True Car

Mission: Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use science, education, community action, and advocacy. Project: Beach Clean Up Sign-up Instructions: -Click the green "sign up" box below to register for this volunteer opportunity. -DO NOT select "sign up with a team." -Should you be interested in being a group leader, please email OEC@truecar.com.

Santa Monica, CA

11/15/18 10:00 AM

Native Garden Volunteer Day

The mission of CNPS is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants. We achieve this mission at the native garden days at Point Vicente Interpretive Center through community based native gardening. Program Description: Volunteers learn about California native gardening which gazing out at the Pacific Ocean at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. The garden provides important habitat for endangered species and inspires people to plant local. The volunteer maintenance of the garden is critical to it's success. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Volunteers will be pruning, weeding, watering, spreading or collecting native seeds, learning irrigation systems, planting, and mulching the oceanside garden. Time Commitment: 2 hours. Requirements: Close-toed shoes, clothes for outdoor work. Benefits: Volunteers benefit by receiving a full training on proper garden techniques that they can use at home and enjoy an enriching educational experience in a beautiful setting. *This project is created, organized and managed by our nonprofit partner. Once you click on EXPRESS INTEREST below a staff person from that organization will contact you to follow up.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

11/18/18 10:00 AM +more

EMBARC - Shipboard Ocean Education Program

WHAT: Shipboard educational program for fifth grade through high school students WHEN: Takes place on weekdays, between 10am - 1pm, when classes are scheduled. WHERE: Marina del Rey WHY: Educate kids about the ocean, its resources, threats posed, possible solutions. Have them participate in onboard scientific activities. ACTIVITY LEVEL: Sitting/standing on a boat for three hours, talking to kids and leading them in activities REQUIREMENTS: Some training, familiarity with marine biology a plus

Marina del Rey, CA

Through 11/23/18

Puente Hills Preserve Trail Watch and Guide

Quick Overview: Our volunteers lead hikes for the public and school field trips, help beautify the open space and act as eyes and ears for our Rangers. Visit our website www.HabitatAuthority.org for more information and to fill out an application. Mission or Broader Program Description: The Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority (Habitat Authority) is dedicated to the acquisition, restoration, and management of open space in the Puente Hills for preservation of the land in perpetuity, with the primary purpose to protect the biological diversity. Additionally, the agency will endeavor to provide opportunities for outdoor education and low-impact recreation. Impact: Our volunteers help maintain open space for wildlife while teaching people about its value and how to enjoy it in a safe and sustainable way.. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Our training class will meet on 6 consecutive Saturdays and upon graduation all volunteers will be CPR/first aid certified, and have detailed interpretive and trail watch training. Requirements: We require a background check, CPR certification and 48 hours per year of service in uniform. Background Check and CPR training are at no cost to the volunteer. CPR card and uniform shirts require purchase. Additional Details: Interviews will begin in November. Classes begin in January. All 6 classes must be attended unless currently CPR certified, then an excused absence for that class can be granted. Accessibility: Our trails require are moderately strenuous and our guides/hikers are responsible for assisting persons on the trails. If your participation is limited due to mobility or disability but you would like to volunteer in a different capacity, please contact Terri Hernandez.

Through 12/15/18