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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! 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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Schedule of BFS Workdays for 2017-2018. Plans are tentative – workdays may be canceled or rescheduled for weather or other issues! Check back for updates!

Unless otherwise noted, workdays are on the first and third Saturday of each month at the following times:

  • September through May: 10 AM–12 NOON
  • June: 9 AM–11 AM
  • July and August: No workdays

Date Activity

September 2 No workday – Happy Labor Day!
September 16 Clear cattails from south shore of pHake Lake
October 7 Clear cattails and bulrushes from northeast corner of pHake Lake
October 21 Clear cattails from pHake Lake
November 4 Work day canceled because of schedule conflicts
November 18 Plant native plants where vegetation was removed for Redford Conservancy renovation
December 2 Move tools and equipment from temporary shed to refurbished garage!
December 16 No workday – Winter break
January 6 No workday – Happy New Year!
January 20 Remove non-native mustard and other invasive plants
February 3 Water outplants, organize garage equipment storage
February 17 Workday canceled because of illness
March 3 Workday canceled because of rain
March 17 Remove Sahara Mustard and other invasive plants
March 31 – Extra Work Day! Remove Italian Thistles and other invasive plants
April 7 Remove Sahara Mustard, Short-pod Mustard, and other invasive plants
April 14 – Extra Work Day! Remove Short-pod Mustard and other invasive plants
April 21 Remove Mustard and Maltese Star Thistle
May 5 Remove Mustard, Italian Thistles, and Maltese Star Thistles
May 19 Remove Mustard and Maltese Star Thistles
Note 9:00 AM start time for June workdays!
June 2, 9:00 AM Remove Mustard and Maltese Star Thistles
June 9, 9:00 AM - Special Green Crew Work Day! Remove Mustard
June 16, 9:00 AM Remove Maltese Star Thistles

Meet at the main BFS entrance on Foothill Blvd at 15 minutes before the start time of the workday, so we have time to sign everyone in. 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.

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Page last updated 29 May 2018 by Nancy Hamlett.