Volunteer Resources


Wood Duck Box Monitoring Lunch Meeting

On February 11th at 12pm the Wood Duck Team will be meeting to discuss the upcoming monitoring season. We are in need of new members to help monitory wood duck box routes on the Preserve! Don’t have any experience? That’s quite alright. You will be assigned to a team to shadow and learn hands-on about monitoring. If you would like to attend this meeting, please RSVP to whitesa@saccounty.net to find out more details.

Meeting Location: Plaza Del Sol Restaurant, 8523 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95624. Restaurant is CASH ONLY.

Horseshoe Lake Survey

Saturday, February 15th is the quarterly Horseshoe Lake survey! This is the last year to participate in the Horseshoe Lake restoration project, as it will be completed in August. If you have yet to volunteer at Horseshoe Lake, now is the time! Please email Chance Davis at j1davis@blm.gov to learn more and help with the various surveys. This particular workday will take place from 8am-2pm. You will be getting your hands dirty and it will take place rain or shine.

CA Duck Days Festival

On Saturday, February 22nd from 9am-4pm the Yolo Basin Foundation will have their annual CA Duck Days Festival. If you are interested in volunteering at the Ooutreach table, please sign up on Volgistics or email whitesa@saccounty.net. This is a family-friendly event that provides educational activities, exhibits, and tours.

Horseshoe Lake Image Analysis Training

Learn how to analyze drone imagery data and identify and count rookery
species using aerial images. This is the last year of this study so don’t miss
your chance to get a rare ‘bird’s eye view’ of the action! Team meetings will take place every other Sunday from 9am to 1pm, February through
August. The drone crew will fly every other week so we’ll have data to look at every two weeks. The team meets throughout the rookery season, which covers nesting, egg-laying, rearing of young and juvenile fledging. By end of August, almost all the birds will have left the rookery. Training is Sunday, February 23red, 10am-12pm in the Visitor Center.

Raptor Survey Training

On February 26th from 9am-1pm we will have our annual Raptor Survey Training. Being a part of the Raptor Survey Team allows you to gain even more knowledge on raptors and hone your identifying skills. After the training, you will be assigned a route with other teammates and participate in the twice-monthly surveys on those routes. Surveys take place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from March through September. RSVP to whitesa@saccounty.net

Paddle Team

Are you interested in joining the Paddle Team? This group leads visitors on guided paddling tours along the river and sloughs. It’s a great way to spend time on the river and share your own personal love for canoeing, kayaking, and the Preserve with visitors. There will be a Paddle Team Canoe Barn Cleanup and Meet N Greet on Saturday, February 29th from 9am-2pm. This will take place at the Farm Center. The first half of the day will include the team going through the canoes, kayaks, paddles, and life vests in the Canoe Barn and cleaning/organizing for the upcoming season. The second half will be a Meet N Greet in which we’ll enjoy refreshments and talk about what we’d like to see for the upcoming season. RSVP to whitesa@saccounty.net

Vernal Pool Guided Hike Training:

Whether you are an experience vernal pool/wildflower enthusiast or would like to learn more, join us for the March 8th Vernal Pool Guided Hike Training from 9am-3pm. You will learn about the Vernal Pools at Rancho Seco along the Howard Ranch Trail and a lesson on leading interpretive hikes by one of our experienced vernal pool leads. By attending this training, you will be able to help lead hikes this Spring! RSVP to whitesa@saccounty.net 

Volunteer ONLY Guided Photography Walk:

Join our experienced Volunteer Docent, Jim Dunn, on a Volunteer-Only guided photography walk on Sunday, March 15th from 8am-12pm. Are you interested in tuning up your outdoor photography skills? Jim will give you tips and tricks on taking the best outdoor photographs. Aside form learning more about photography, you’ll also get to mingle with other volunteers who have the same passion and hobby as you! Please RSVP to whitesa@saccounty.net Meet at the Visitor Center.

Swallow Box Monitoring Training:

On Monday, March 16th from 9am-1pm we will have our annual Swallow Box Monitoring training. As a swallow box team member, you will be assigned to a team and specific route to monitor weekly. You’ll get to access parts of the Preserve not open to the public and help us collect data on the nesting swallows scattered throughout the riparian forest. RSVP to whitesa@saccounty.net

The Valley Oak Newsletter: 

The Valley Oak Newsletter Winter 2020

Activity Calendars:

Habitat Restoration Team Calendar

Volunteer Forms:

Risk Assessment Document

Volunteer Service Agreement

Volunteer Job Descriptions:

Job Description for Outdoor Activities

Job Description for Volunteer Naturalists