Conservation Works is Taking A Hike!   


Join us--Alone or in a Group!





We are continuing with our wonderful Hike for Habitat in-person spring event and virtual fundraiser. Our Third Annual Hike for Habitat will be both in person as well as online for people like YOU to support our work in habitat restoration and other resource protection! This year, we will be hiking along the coast from the Shell Beach trailhead–exploring on the Kortum Trail, Pomo Trail, and the beach itself. The hike is estimated to be about an hour to an hour-and-a-half, and will start at 9:00 on Saturday May 7th. Anyone is welcome to join us for the walk, or meet then strike off at a faster pace–or even run/jog–and everyone can proceed at their own pace. Being outdoors celebrating together is the key!

Our Goal this year is $20,000, so please visit our Donately fundraising page or use the links below to find a speicific individuals fundraising page and help us meet our goal!

Brian Tajii

Kandis Gilmore

Nancy Robinson

Oona Heacock

Peter Braudrick and Shari Lyons

Rose Calzontzi

Susan Warner

Let us highlight some of our achievements this past year so you know how your dollars are being spent:

The Story of Sydney:  Happy sounds of children at recess fill the air as Sydney, an 8-year-old student from Prestwood Elementary School, walks througWWOWSydneyh the school garden towards the shade of a big tree where her school’s new worm composting system is set up. “These are where the worms live!” she says with a smile. Just a few weeks after helping to set this system up, Sydney shares her excitement, “We are reducing world pollution of greenhouse gas, and we're helping the world, little by little…it's really fun and gonna be fun. We're really trying, too.... we’re giving up one of our recesses at school to help feed the worms.” With a sweet sense of pride, this little climate leader jumps from one foot to the other while smooshing the bag of worm food in her hand before tenderly emptying it into the compost bin to feed the worms. 

The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions can be detailed in the data, but the true impact of these programs is in the sense of hope, relevance, and climate leadership that we give our kids and community.  It is the determination and energy of young people taking local actions to address climate change issues and biodiversity losses that can make all the difference.  The sound of young voices engaged in “taking action” to clean up a beach, remove litter along a creek, or plant pollinator habitat is a joy to hear.  Exploring the natural world to learn about land stewardship, fire resilience, and climate change opens a young person’s eyes to new possibilities to shape their world and the future. Conservation Works reaches hundreds of local youth in California’s North Coast each year and helps build our future change-makers.  

Your help would support these important works:

  • Providing youth a way to take action on climate change. Your gift can provide more classroom education and “take action” work with schools as we carry the Compost Club’s legacy forward to help divert food wastes from local landfills into onsite worm bins that recycle garbage into rich compost material.  Food waste is a huge contributor to climate change. If global food waste were viewed as a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses just behind China and the United States. When food decomposes in landfills, it produces methane--a potent greenhouse gas that is at least 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.  This program can make a big impact to reduce methane.
  • Invasive species control and habitat restoration.  Your help creates opportunities for youth at the Anchor Academy in underserved areas of Fort Bragg that are still struggling due to the closure of its mill.  We work with the Anchor Academy to plant redwoods, ferns, and other local forest seed and berry producing native plants to displace masses of invasive plants that are overtaking Otis R. Johnson Wilderness Park and reducing wildlife habitat in Fort Bragg.
  • Improve diversity and restore pollinator habitat and native grasslands. You can help to plant thousands of square feet of new pollinator habitat with kids and teens each year along community farms, vineyards, and school gardens in rural Sonoma County.  You are also supporting community volunteers working to restore native grasslands after wildfires in Willits and near Santa Rosa. These take-action projects help our community learn important fire-resiliency ecosystem traits and join in implementing solutions to vanishing pollinator habitat.
  • Research alternative methods of reducing fuel loads and fueling local economies.  You can help make it possible to experiment with more holistic means of reducing fire fuel loads in our forests.  Change happens when together we use innovation such as investigating the role of native Turkey Tail and Oyster mushrooms on brush species in managed forests in Mendocino County to naturally replace the use of Roundup or other herbicides to prevent brush resprouting. Our youthful college intern mycologist has been with us over two years on this project, and will continue to be an intern with us even as he leaves community college and takes classes now in the Bay Area, returning periodically to make our field documentation inspections.
  • Provide water conservation and water quality education for youth and our communities.  Your support would help create solutions for drought with water conservation outreach and deployment of free small-scale rainwater harvesting systems along with watershed education at local schools and community gardens across our 4-county area of Sonoma, Marin, Lake and Mendocino Counties.  We are also deploying our Kids Creek Care program in Roseland Creek and Colgan Creek watersheds in southwest Santa Rosa.  Youth are learning watershed stewardship needs, performing creek cleanups, and learning how to measure impacts of pollution and benefits of restoration activities. 
  • Support small socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.  You can help cultivate commerce locally by engaging struggling or start-up farmers and ranchers to learn business sustainability. Systemic disadvantages have limited the ability of socially disadvantaged people to become agricultural producers and thrive sufficiently to help shape the local food system, and these limitations were magnified during the Covid-19 pandemic.  We are working to support these important farmers who help to feed and sustain us.

Note: Conservation Works is the fictitious business name of the North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council which is a 501(c)3 charitable organization EIN 68-0484941.  Donations to the North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.