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

Workdays have concluded for this academic year; they will resume in the fall.
Please check back for information.

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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Requirements for volunteer workday participation:

Alas, we will no longer be able to offer pizza or other communal eating until all COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Schedule of BFS Workdays for Spring 2021. Please note that plans are tentative – workdays may be canceled or rescheduled for weather or other issues! Check back for updates!

Workdays are usually on the first and third Saturday of each month (and sometimes the fifth Saturday in months that have one), but may occasionally be held on other days. The usual times for the workdays are:

  • September through mid-May: 9:45 AM–12 NOON
  • Late May through June: 8:45 AM–11 AM
  • July and August: No workdays

Date Activity Number of

May 1, 9:45 AM Remove Brassica fruticulosa 6
May 15, 8:45 AM Remove invasive plants in the 'Neck' 12
June 5, 8:45 AM Workday canceled
June 19, 8:45 AM Workday canceled

Meet at the main BFS entrance on Foothill Blvd promptly at the start time of the workday. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, closed-toed shoes, and a mask. Instructions, tools, and supplies will be provided, but do bring water and sunscreen.

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.

Minors under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult.

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 hamlett@g.hmc.edu.

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Page last updated 4 June 2021 by Nancy Hamlett.