At Save Our Shores, we are lucky to have an amazing base of volunteers that has committed to supporting our work and furthering our mission. Our Sanctuary Steward program began in 1996 to engage members of the community in issues surrounding marine conservation and advocacy on a deeper level. These passionate volunteers are highly trained and qualified to represent SOS,  and dedicate many hours to promoting marine conservation. In 2019, Sanctuary Stewards dedicated over 300 hours to our organization! We would not be able to complete nearly the amount of work we do without them! 

Sanctuary Steward Spotlight

Meet Nick Sola!
What made you want to become a Sanctuary Steward?
I love planet earth. Driven to help protect it for future generations. My hope is to make a big impact.

What are you most looking forward to this year?
Getting more involved helping SOS protect the Monterey Bay.

When you’re not volunteering with Save Our Shores, what are some other ways you like to spend your time?
I enjoy fitness, going to the gym, spending time outdoors. Love nature, hiking, occasionally surf. Have a 4 year old Labrador as well that keeps me busy.

If you could be any marine animal what would you be?

Favorite quote?
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
Thank you, Nick!

Steward Involvement

Leading beach cleanups is one of the biggest roles Sanctuary Stewards take on. In 2019, Stewards led over 40 cleanup events, connected with over 600 volunteers, and removed over 1 ton of trash and 270 pounds of recycling from our environment. A huge thank you to everyone who helped prevent all of that debris from entering our beloved Monterey Bay!

From outreach and beach cleanups to education and advocacy work, our Sanctuary Stewards do it all! Here is a photo of two Stewards, Keith Gudger and Haley Canales, alongside intern Abby Herhold on a day of Storm Drain Marking. For this project, they surveyed storm drains in the City of Santa Cruz placing “Drains to Ocean” decals, and spreading awareness about how litter can travel from our streets through storm drains and into the ocean.

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Interested in learning more about our Sanctuary Steward program, or becoming a Steward? Click here to learn more!