The habitat restoration in Leo Carrillo State Park is part of a larger project to restore Arroyo Sequit creek for the endangered Southern California steelhead trout. The project involves removing non-native vegetation, planting native species to restore the riparian habitat and removing barriers so that steelhead can migrate upstream. Invasive plants have negative impacts on natural habitats, so removing them is vital for a healthy watershed. Volunteers will focus on uprooting invasive, poisonous Cape Ivy from areas along the creek, benefiting freshwater fish as well as marine life: Arroyo Sequit empties right into the Pacific.
After you help restore the creek, go enjoy all the shoreline has to offer. Explore the tidepools, have a picnic or just hang out. You'll have earned it!
How to Prepare: Please wear sturdy shoes. Long pants and a long-sleeved work shirt are strongly recommended. Bring plenty of water, a snack and a hat/sunscreen. Be prepared to get dirty. Gloves and tools will be provided. In the unlikely event of heavy rain, the restoration will be cancelled and you can sign up for a future restoration event. We will notify you by email in the event of a cancellation.
Directions & Parking: Leo Carrillo State Park is about 10 miles north of Malibu and 28 miles north of Santa Monica so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get there. There will be a special event sign placed out front. Request a parking pass for the Heal the Bay/Mountains Restoration Trust restoration event at the front gate. We'll meet in the parking lot near the entrance; look for a sign placed next to the organizer's vehicle.
Important: All participants must sign liability waiver forms. This event is open to volunteers age 10 and over. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those under 18 must have their waiver forms (also available at the event) signed by a parent or guardian and must also fill out a State Parks Juvenile Volunteer waiver.
Space is limited; we are accepting volunteers on a first come/first served basis. Sign up now!