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The Sanctuary Stewards Docent Program

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Our Stewards put 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 community members of all backgrounds to become educators, advocates, and experts on issues affecting the Monterey Bay and work towards local pollution prevention.

Stewards Training

The Stewards training course is a 2 day commitment.

The first day is an in-house training at our office every other month, on the 3rd Thursday from 5:30-9pm. At this in-house training we get to know each other, talk about what it means to be a Steward and go over logistics of leading an event.
After the in house training, we ask all new Stewards go to our public monthly cleanup the following Saturday. 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.

To enrich the Sanctuary Steward experience, volunteers are invited to quarterly lecture series highlighting the work of world renowned scientists, authors, photographers, artists, conservationists such as Beth Terry, Judith and Richard Selby Lang, Marcus Erickson and Ana Cummings of 5 Gyres and March Shargel.

Read the Steward Job Description and Volunteer Pledge!


How To Apply:

Now accepting applications for the 2014 Sanctuary Steward docent program. You must be 18 years old.

Step 1: Read the Sanctuary Steward Pledge.

Step 2: Fill out the online Steward Application here or print and mail
your Steward-Application to us at:

Save Our Shores, ATTN: Marina Maze
345 Lake Ave Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA, 95062


The Steward Course

2014 Steward crash courses are held every other month on these specific dates:

March Training:
Thursday March 13th (SOS office) 5:30-9pm
Saturday March 15th (4 Mile Beach) 10am-noon

May Training:
Thursday May 15th (SOS office) 5:30-9pm
Saturday May 17th (Capitola Beach) 9:30am-noon

July Training:
Thursday July 17th (SOS office) 5:30-9pm
Saturday July 19th (Manresa State Beach) 9:30am-noon

No Training in September (Annual Coastal Cleanup Day is September 20th)

November Training:
Thursday November 13th (SOS office) 5:30-9pm
Saturday November 15th (Cowell Beach) 9:30am-noon

If Marina receives less than 5 RVPS before the event will be canceled
and volunteers will be encouraged to come to the next scheduled training.


Hear from our dedicated Sanctuary Stewards:

"Joining the Stewards program changed my life - which was kind of the point. But the unexpected part was that I could create change in others. I selfishly volunteer! Whenever I stop volunteering for a while, there is not as much good in my life. I volunteer because it gives me good karma. You get what you give!"
-Kenny Palmer, Sanctuary Steward Class of 2013

"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


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