The Sanctuary Stewards Docent Program
Our Stewards puts the 'action' into citizen action!
Sanctuary Stewards are a dynamic team dedicated to protecting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Our Stewards bring a diversity of experience, skills, and perspectives to our organization. They are at the heart of all of our work.
The Steward Program prepares regular people like you to become educators, advocates, and experts on issues affecting the Monterey Bay such as such as pollution prevention, habitat conservation, and fisheries.
During the training course, Stewards receive a professional-level education from renowned Marine Biologists and Conservationists. Each Steward makes a personal pledge to volunteer 50 volunteer hours that year, doing everything from hosting beach clean-ups, presentations, and representing Save Our Shores at events.
Who are the Stewards?
Retirees, business folks, full-time professionals, dedicated parents, college students, and more! We are looking for leaders. Anyone under the age of 16 must have an adult partner to volunteer with. Parent/child teams are encouraged to apply.
Anyone enthusiastic about the ocean and interested in working with the public is invited to apply!
How To Apply:
Now accepting applications for the 2013 Sanctuary Steward docent program.
*Applications for the Monterey training will be accepted up until March 16, 2013.
Step 1: Read the Sanctuary Steward Pledge.
Save Our Shores, ATTN: Rachel Kippen
345 Lake Ave Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA, 95062
Step 3: You will be contacted for an interview between December-February.
The Steward Course
- The Steward course runs from February 21- April 11, 2013.
- Classes take place every Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm, at the First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz on High Street.
- An additional Stewards training will be offered in Monterey, April-May 2013.
A glimpse of the 2013 Steward course:
Welcome and Intro to SOS: SOS Staff and Wallace J. Nichols (Board of SOS, Ocean Revolution)
Data and Why it Matters: Laura Kasa, SOS Executive Director
How and Why we Protect the Monterey Bay: Dr. Steve Lonhart (MBNMS, SIMoN)
Leading a Beach Cleanup, What You Need to Know: Rachel Kippen (SOS)
How Our Consumer Choices Impact the Ocean: Marine Protected Areas
Understanding Plastic Pollution in the Marine Environment: Anna Cummins and Marcus Erikson (5 Gyres)
How To Present to the Public: Chris Reeves (Seymour Center)
Tide Pool Educational Walk: John Pearse (UC Santa Cruz)
Seasonal Kickoff and Volunteer Send-off
Earth Day Santa Cruz
Meet the 2012 Class of Sanctuary Stewards:
And THANK YOU to our 2011 Class of Sanctuary Stewards for your continued support!
Hear from our dedicated Sanctuary Stewards:
"When I prioritized volunteering last year and began researching local non-profit organizations, Save Our Shores was a natural fit. After a full year on the team, beach clean-ups are only part of what I’ve done with Save Our Shores, but so far it’s been the most fulfilling. Seeing the smiles, community spirit and watching bag after bag, pound after pound of trash and recyclables removed from my playground is the best feeling there is."
- Nancy Connelly, Sanctuary Steward Class of 2011
"I had three goals for the summer of 2011. Do something that would benefit my local community, be outdoors as much as possible, and hopefully learn something in the process. The Save Our Shores Sanctuary Steward program allowed me to achieve all three. The most fulfilling moment for me as a Save Our Shores Steward was on the 4th of July.. I was told on numerous occasions how much my efforts were appreciated, and how thankful they were for my being there."
- Curtis Luckado, Sanctuary Steward Class of 2011
"The Sanctuary Steward program was a very enjoyable and informative course about the beauty and bounty of the ocean, but was also disturbing. The training enlightened me as to how much we have lost just in the course of my lifetime, but also hopeful about what we can do together to turn things around and bring it back. It has been a great personal experience and by-the-way, a terrific father/son activity that Travis happily and frequently participates in."
- Ronn Rygg, Sanctuary Steward Class of 2011
"I was volunteering at the Oakland Boat Show and I talked to a guy about the North Pacific Gyre and the giant trash heap. When I showed him photos of the trash piling up on the beach, he started to cry. I knew right then that this information touches people's hearts and once they learn about it, they want to make a change in their own lives to make a difference."
- Bonnie McKinney, Sanctuary Steward Class of 2009
"We have a motto in my family. We can't do it all, but we can all do a little. Every little bit helps. I can't do it all, but I can do my part."
- Rachael Anderson, Sanctuary Steward Class of 2008
"I live blue because my brain tells me that there are countless convincing reasons that water quality is important, and my heart tells me it is the right thing to do."
-Greg Pepping, Sanctuary Steward Class of 2009
- Monthly Beach Cleanups
- Private & School Cleanups
- Adopt-a-Beach Cleanups
- Meet the Beach Adopters
- Earth Day
- July 4th & 5th
- Annual Coastal Cleanup Day
- Cleanup Calendar
Special Projects & Internships
- To Volunteer for Special Projects or inquire about Internships, email email@example.com