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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 2014-2015. 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 6 Cut back cattails at lake
September 20 Cut back cattails at lake
October 4 Workday cancelled – Red Flag Fire Warning & West Nile Virus threat
October 20 Workday cancelled – West Nile Virus threat
November 1 Workday cancelled – rain
November 8 Make-up workday - cut back cattails at lake
November 15 Cut back cattails at lake
December 6 Work on construction of a teaching garden
December 20 No workday – Winter break
January 3 No workday – Happy New Year!
January 17 Remove non-native plants from experimental plots in burn area
February 7 Remove Sahara Mustard
February 21 Remove Sahara Mustard and plant teaching garden
March 7 Remove Italian Thistles
March 21 Remove Italian Thistles, Castor Beans, Tree Tobacco, Horehound, and Mustard in 'Neck'
April 4 Remove Maltese Star Thistles and Mustard
April 18 Renmove Maltese Star Thistles
May 2 Renmove Maltese Star Thistles around lake
May 16 Clear lake trail
June 6 Remove Maltese Star Thistles
June 20 Workday cancelled – weed season over early this year

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 17 June 2015 by Nancy Hamlett.