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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 2018-2019. 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 sometimes be held on other days. The usual times are:

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

After the workday, volunteers are invited to stay for either a pizza lunch (for workdays that end at noon) or a pastry brunch (for workdays that end at 11)!

Date Activity

September 1, 9:45 AM No workday – Happy Labor Day!
September 15, 9:45 AM Clear cattails from pHake Lake
September 29, 9:45 AM Clear cattails from pHake Lake
October 6, 9:45 AM Clear cattails from pHake Lake
October 20, 9:45 AM Clear cattails from pHake Lake
November 3, 9:45 AM Clear lake trail; cut cattail regrowth
November 17, 9:45 AM Remove non-native plants in 'Neck'
December 1, 9:45 AM Plant out plants to revegetate disturbed area
December 15, 9:45 AM No workday – Winter break
December 29, 9:45 AM No workday – Winter break
January 5, 9:45 AM No workday – Happy New Year!
January 19, 9:45 AM Remove Sahara mustard along Foothill & Mills fences
February 2, 9:45 AM Workday canceled because of rain!
February 16, 9:45 AM Remove Sahara mustard along Foothill & Mills fences
March 2, 9:45 AM Workday canceled because of rain!
March 16, 9:45 AM TBA
March 30, 9:45 AM TBA
April 6, 9:45 AM TBA
April 20, 9:45 AM TBA
May 4, 9:45 AM TBA
May 18, 9:45 AM
Graduation weekend – date may be changed
Note 8:45 AM start time for June workdays!
June 1, 8:45 AM TBA
June 15, 8:45 AM TBA
June 29, 8:45 AM TBA

Meet at the main BFS entrance on Foothill Blvd promptly at the start time of the workday. 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 hamlett@g.hmc.edu.

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Page last updated 27 February 2019 by Nancy Hamlett.