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Become a BFF of the BFS – Volunteer at the Bernard Field Station!

Please join us to help maintain, improve, and study the unique ecological resources of the Bernard Field Station! We currently hold volunteer work days on the first and third Saturday of every month to remove introduced weeds and invasive brush, clear trails, assist with ecological monitoring, and carry out other activities that facilitate study and research at the field station. We invite all who care about our local environment to join us. No experience is needed! Because access to the BFS is restricted, volunteering is a great way to visit the BFS and learn more about the field station while helping out.

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Schedule of BFS Workdays for 2013-2014. Plans are tentative – Check back for updates!

Workdays are 10 AM – 12 NOON on the first and third Saturday of each month unless otherwise noted


Date Activity

September 7 Clear brush around field house and infirmary – Note that we will start at 8:00 AM to avoid the worst heat!
September 21 Clear brush around field house and infirmary
October 5 Because of the "Red Flag Warning" for extreme fire danger, this workday has been canceled!
October 19 Cut back cattails at lake
November 2 Clear lake trail
November 16 Remove Trees-of-Heaven and Chinaberries from Foothill Blvd parkway
December 7 Remove remaining Trees-of-Heaven from Foothill Blvd parkway and clear wash
December 21 No workday – Winter break
January 4 No workday – Happy Holidays!
January 18 Clear lake trail and sampling sites
February 1 Clear lake trail
February 15 Remove non-native grasses from experimental plots in burn area
March 1 Workday canceled because of winter storm!
March 15 Remove Sahara Mustard from Foothill Blvd parkway and finish clearing lake trail
April 5 Remove Maltese Star Thistles from burn area and weed experimental plots
April 19 TBA
May 3 TBA
May 17 TBA (Commencement weekend)
June 7 TBA
June 21 TBA

Meet at the main BFS entrance on Foothill Blvd at 10:00 AM on the workday. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and closed-toed shoes. Instructions, tools, and supplies will be provided, but it’s a good idea to bring water and sunscreen. If you plan to bring a group larger than a half dozen or so, we ask that you contact the Volunteer Coordinator ahead of time to be sure that the work planned can accommodate a large number of volunteers and that we have plenty of supplies on hand. We will provide lunch after the work is finished!

Please note:
Volunteers who are not Claremont Colleges employees or students must sign a waiver of liability. Waivers for minors need to be signed by a parent or legal guardian. You may download the appropriate form, sign it, and bring it with you. We will also have forms available when volunteers arrive.

You can see previous volunteer workdays in our BFS blog – just click on the “volunteers” tag.

For more information or to be notified of volunteer workdays, please contact the BFS Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Hamlett, at nancy_hamlett@hmc.edu or 909-607-3811.


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Page last updated 2 April 2014 by Nancy Hamlett.