Embrace Nature and Community: Volunteer with Sanctuary Forest Today!


April Newlander, Executive Director, Sanctuary Forest Inc.

In the heart of our rural community lies a sanctuary of natural beauty and a home for many forms of life. The headwaters of the Mattole River offer a place of tranquility, inviting us to pause, reflect, and connect with the world around us. At Sanctuary Forest, stewardship and education intertwine, cultivating a deep-rooted connection between people and the natural world. Our Stewardship and Education Programs emphasize not just preserving the environment but also fostering a sense of responsibility, understanding, and appreciation for our surroundings. Through hands-on projects, immersive learning experiences, and community engagement, we strive to empower individuals to become active participants in the preservation and restoration of our precious ecosystems.

Central to the success of these endeavors are our volunteers. Engaging with Sanctuary Forest offers enriching experiences such as streamflow and groundwater monitoring, where you’ll have the chance to explore hidden corners of the forest while collecting valuable data that will inform our community about the state of the river. Other volunteer opportunities include participation in habitat surveys, instream infrastructure repairs, invasive species removal, and native plantings. If you are a hiking enthusiast, you might want to consider becoming one of our hike docents as part of Sanctuary Forest’s summer hike program. Sanctuary Forest’s Education Program, featuring guided hikes and workshops, provides invaluable opportunities for residents and visitors to explore and learn about this unique landscape. Becoming a hike docent offers an ideal chance to share your knowledge and experiences and to learn from others who share a passion for understanding and caring for the natural world.

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of volunteering with Sanctuary Forest is the sense of community and camaraderie it fosters. Working side by side with a neighbor or meeting new people, volunteers forge enduring memories and relationships. Whether you’re an experienced naturalist or a curious novice, there’s a place for you on Sanctuary Forest’s volunteer team. Together, we can make a difference for all who call the Mattole River watershed home, now and for future generations.

If you are interested in becoming a hike docent, Sanctuary Forest is hosting a one-day training workshop on April 7 at the Sanctuary Forest office, located at 315 Shelter Cove Rd, #4, in Whitethorn. During this training, volunteers will gain insights into the history of the Sanctuary Forest Hike Program and the responsibilities of being a docent. For further details, please contact Anna Rogers, Education Director, at 707-986-1087 ext.9#, or via email at [email protected].

Bonus! If you are a high school student in need of community service hours, you can fulfill your hours by volunteering with Sanctuary Forest. Contact us for more information.

For more information: sanctuaryforest.org