In July, we need your help chopping, pulling, and lopping non-native, invasive plant species that are wreaking havoc on our native riparian ecosystem at Willoughby Preserve! Additionally, we will be cleaning up trash across the preserve. Willoughby Preserve has come a long way over the years, but it's up to us to keep it trash free and chalk full of native plants.River Restoration events are a part of VLT's ongoing efforts to bring the Ventura River back to its natural state and make it more welcoming to human and wildlife visitors alike. Please wear pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, and don't forget sunscreen and water. We'll provide the tools, you provide the enthusiasm!Meet VLT staff at 9 a.m. next to the Main St. Bridge along the bike path near downtown Ventura (at Main St. & Peking Streets). We will gather next to the Land Trust's beautiful Ocean Friendly Garden. Please wear pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, and don't forget sunscreen and water!Please note: River cleanup volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Due to the nature of tools used and bio-hazardous materials occasionally found in the river estuary, we do not encourage young children to participate in these events. Please see our Events Page for more family-friendly outings!Want to contribute more than sweat-equity? The Ventura Land Trust now offers affordable River Restoration Sponsorship opportunities. Environmentally-minded individuals and businesses are invited to support our habitat restoration work by financially contributing to the costs of cleaning, clearing and restoring the land. There's no better way to put your money to work!
Ventura Land Trust is proud to do our part for the 2020 Ventura County Coastal Clean-up Day!
VLT staff will lead the charge at the Emma Wood State Beach group camp area. Join us as we clean and clear cigarette butts, bottles, trash and plastics from the area so it doesn't end up polluting our ocean and wildlife.
This beautiful area has been neglected in recent times, and we need the community's help to deal with large trash piles that build up from illegal camping. Multiple endangered species call Emma Wood State Beach home, and it's one of the last natural sand dune systems in Southern California. Let's work together and make it safe and clean for the plants and animals who live here!
* Please wear a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed-toe shoes (preferably hiking boots) to this event. There is thick brush and poison oak present around the work area. We will be out in the sun so make sure to wear a hat, sunscreen, and bring a reusable water bottle! Please remember, this cleanup will focus on trash removal from abandoned homeless encampments. Participants are likely to get dirty, so please dress appropriately.
* Please note: Cleanup volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Due to the nature bio-hazardous materials occasionally found at cleanups, we do not encourage young children to participate in these events. Please see our Events Page for more family-friendly outings!
Ventura Land Trust and the Ventura Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation are teaming up to host the our Annual Ventura River to the Sea Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers from both organizations are invited to join us as we clean up trash from Emma Wood Group Camp and the Ventura River Estuary.
We will gather together at 9 am at the Emma Wood Group Camp. Look for the VLT pop-up near the bathrooms. After a brief safety meeting, we will break into groups and head to a few different trash sites that have been opened up through California State Park's invasive species removal project. Our goal is to clear out as much trash as possible from the lower Ventura river floodplain BEFORE the rainy season begins and washes the trash onto nearby beaches and into the ocean.
All volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves, close-toed shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Children younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. We will provide trash pickers, trash bags and supervision. You provide the stoke!
All minors under age 18 must submit a volunteer agreement form signed by their parent prior to volunteering.