It’s the Year of the Volunteer! Meet & Greet, Orientation on Tap

Spring-like weather aided a committed group of volunteers with Bear Yuba Land Trust on Thursday during a work day at Adam Ryan Preserve.

Made up of a diverse range of ages and backgrounds, members of the crew created burn piles, pulled Scotch broom, maintained the trail and beautified the pollinator garden.

“For me, it’s a way to connect to my community, get great exercise and meet great people,” said Volunteer Cathy Scott.

The community-supported non-profit organization founded 27 years ago has protected more than 13,000 acres from development, built over 30 miles of trails and has an active nature education program that gets people outdoors on treks and other learning adventures, thanks to many hard-working volunteers.

Next week, BYLT will host two events designed to recruit new volunteers to the Land Trust team and re-kindle the spirit of veteran volunteers who have returned year after year.

The fun starts with a casual Meet & Greet from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 at Ol’ Republic Brewery, 124 Argall Way, Nevada City. Those interested in volunteering can stop by, meet Land Trust staff and get the low down on all the volunteer opportunities available in 2018.

“Some of our volunteers are looking for more meaning in their lives and want to make a difference. Others come for the camaraderie and social element. They want to meet others in the community with a passion for land conservation, trails, hiking or nature education,” said Petersen

For those ready to commit to the cause, BYLT will follow up with a Volunteer Orientation the next day, 9 am to 1 pm Saturday Feb. 24 at Gold Miners Inn, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley. It’s an opportunity to dive into more depth about the Land Trust mission, trail building, restoration and field work like vegetation management and data collection, outreach and becoming a Land Trust Ambassador, outdoor photography, and ways to get involved with the youth and trek docent programs.

“We couldn’t do the work we do without our volunteers. Everyone plays an important role,” said Outreach and Communications Manager Laura Petersen.