Calling all women and non-binary identifying community members! Join Peninsula Open Space Trust and Grassroots Ecology for an affinity group volunteering event to restore California habitat at Pearson-Arastradero Preserve. Our facilitators have years of experience building welcoming and inclusive spaces for community members. This space will be held for cisgender women, transgender women, and nonbinary people to gather and develop a sense of belonging in the outdoors. 

Volunteers will remove weed species from restoration zones and sensitive habitat areas within Arastradero Preserve. Additionally, we may support the maintenance of planting areas by shoveling and moving mulch with wheelbarrows. This event will involve lifting, digging, carrying, bending, and walking on uneven terrain.

Pearson-Arastradero Preserve has expansive oak woodlands and grasslands with beautiful trees and wildflowers and is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, bobcats, coyotes, and many species of birds and insects. The work you do will support the health of the preserve’s ecosystems!

Visit Grassroots Ecology’s Pearson-Arastradero Preserve webpage to learn more about the ecosystem and accessibility considerations. We will release more details closer to the date of the event. Keep an eye out for an email containing information about what to bring, wear, etc!

Grassroots Ecology is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for public lands and waters across Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Each year they engage thousands of people in hands-on education and service that improves our local environment.

Grassroots Ecology’s aim is to restore natural functions to the ecosystem by keeping invasive plants in check, growing locally native plants at their nursery, supporting stream restoration and fish passage projects, and planting a diversity of species in order to feed wildlife. Learn more at: https://www.grassrootsecology.org/

Please also note that this activity is best for children ages 14+. All minors must be accompanied by adults for the entirety of the event. Thank you!

This event is part of POST’s community event series. These events are open to the general public and POST donors alike, and we hope you will join us! We also curate a separate series of private events for our donor community. Find out more about how you can support POST here: openspacetrust.org/support.

COVID-19 Guidelines: We ask that you do not attend this event if you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms including: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea. Masks are not required but recommended.

 Please register using a valid e-mail so you receive your e-ticket & the pre-event instructions.

Click Here to Register – 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, May 13

About Pearson-Arastradero Preserve

This popular preserve has expansive grasslands and oak savanna that house an abundance of wildlife including deer, bobcats, coyotes, and many species of birds. Owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto, this open space is located within the Matadero Creek Watershed, and borders Foothills Nature Preserve.

About the Organizers

Peninsula Open Space Trust protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all! Since 1977, POST has protected over 80,000 acres of open space.

Grassroots Ecology restores natural functions to the ecosystem by keeping invasive plants in check, growing locally native plants at their nursery, supporting stream restoration and fish passage projects, and planting a diversity of species in order to feed wildlife.

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