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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! During the academic year, we 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 2015-2016. Plans are tentative – workdays may be canceled for weather or other issues! 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 5 No workday – Happy Labor Day!
September 19 Cut back cattails at lake
October 3 Cut back cattails at lake
October 17 Cut back cattails at lake
November 7 Remove non-native plants in ‘Neck’
November 21 Remove non-native plants in ‘Neck’
December 5 Clear lake trail
December 16 No workday – Winter break
January 2 No workday – Happy New Year!
January 16 No workday – Winter break continued
February 6 Remove Sahara Mustard
February 20 Remove Italian Thistles, Horehound, etc., around lake
March 5 Remove Indian Mustard by RSABG
March 19 Remove Italian Thistles, mustard, horehound, etc. by College Ave
April 2 Remove Italian Thistles, mustard, horehound, etc. from several areas
April 16 Remove Italian Thistles, mustard, horehound, etc. from several areas
May 7 Canceled
May 21 Canceled
June 4 Remove Maltese Star Thistles and other non-native plants

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.

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Page last updated 3 June 2016 by Nancy Hamlett.