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Upcoming Events

Learn more about the Northcoast Regional Land Trust and the work they do in your community. Get out on the land - hike, paddle and explore!

Wetlands & Working Lands Interpretive Walks    |    Canoe the Slough    |    Lay of the Land     |    Volunteer Days  |    Other Fun Land Trust Gatherings!    |  

Wetlands & Working Lands Interpretive Walks

Put on some sturdy footwear and join the Northcoast Regional Land Trust  for a walk through the meadows, wetlands, and estuary of the Freshwater Farms Reserve. Learn about the natural history of the bottomlands, and about the historic and current land use practices around the bay. Each walk features a special guest presenter covering a specific topic. Families are encouraged. Walk is approximately one mile over uneven terrain. Rain or Shine - dress appropriate for weather conditions. There can be standing water and saturated wetland soils, so rubber boots are recommended. Portable restrooms are available. FREE. No RSVP necessary, unless otherwise indicated.


April 21, 2017 - 8:15 am - 12:15 pm, Freshwater Farms Reserve: Birding for Godwit Days: Join NRLT staff Connie Low and local bird guide Kate Howard for a birding tour and discussion. More than 76 species of birds have been seen on Freshwater Farms Reserve, including hawks, waterfowl, warblers and other songbirds, and a resident barn owl. Limited spaces, to reserve your spot: CLICK HERE

July 9, 2017 - 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Freshwater Farms: Wetland Restoration & Grass Identification: Join NRLT Project Manager Kerry McNamee on a walk through Freshwater Farms Reserve to learn about the native grass restoration project undertaken at the pasture onsite. Tour will walk the 8 acre high brackish marsh restoration area and learn about the challenges and opportunities of this type of restoration. The group will also learn how to identify California native grasses while pulling invasive grasses, and how to incorporate grazing into a successful grassland restoration.  Please wear closed toe shoes, and bring your gloves if you'd like to pull out those pesky invasives!

TBD - 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Freshwater Farms Reserve: Creatures of the Night Tour
Join NRLT Executive Director Dan Ehresman and special guest presenters for a tour and educational discussion focused on the nocturnal mammals and owls who inhabit Freshwater Farms Reserve. We will take a walk around the property and explore clues left by these night visitors.

Contact: NRLT office
Phone: 707- 822-2242
Email: office
Directions: Freshwater Farms Reserve, 5851 Myrtle Avenue in Freshwater (0.3 miles southwest of 3 Corners Market)

Canoe the Slough

Join naturalists and other supporters of the Northcoast Regional Land Trust on a paddle in kayaks or canoes through Humboldt Bay, Freshwater Slough and Freshwater Farms Reserve.

This five-mile paddle is not strenuous but requires sustained activity for the duration. Everyone welcome – families encouraged. Dress warmly, bring water and a snack. Rain or Shine – severe weather cancels.Space is limited - RSVP necessary.

2017 Date: June 25th Solstice Paddle!

Fee: $45 - $5 discount for members
Contact: Sarah Pilkington
Phone: 707- 822-2242
Email: Sarah
Directions: Freshwater Farms Reserve, 5851 Myrtle Avenue in Freshwater (0.3 miles southwest of 3 Corners Market)

Lay of the Land

Join the Land Trust and get the "Lay of the Land", a one-hour presentation that gives an overview on what we are doing to protect and enhance special places − our region’s farms, forests, rangelands, and natural areas. This event  is free and designed to introduce our community to the land trust model of conservation. In particular, the presentation highlights the Northcoast Regional Land Trust’s work – our mission, purpose, accomplishments, goals – and how you can get involved to help protect our wild and working lands.

Lay of the Land presentations are full of visually stimulating information and include a fun Google Earth tour of NRLT projects and a short documentary which shares stories about “This Place We Call Home”.

Lay of the Land presentations can done in our office or can be brought to you - at your home for a house party, to your place of work, to local schools,  to other non-profits or community organizations...we are open to all ideas. This presentation can also be formatted to fit your needs and time frame.

Contact: NRLT office
Phone: 822-2242
Email: office
Directions: Land Trust office, 901 Samoa Blvd in Arcata (on the corner of Samoa and I Street).

 2016 Lay of the Land Dates: Call office for more information.

Freshwater Farms Reserve Volunteer Days

Join NRLT and community members in helping to make Freshwater Farms Reserve a place that you and your family use, enjoy and take care of. We welcome individuals, businesses, community organizations and service groups to participate.

Trail Stewardship Sundays: Join us at the Freshwater Nature Trail the third Sunday of each month from 9am - 11am for a rewarding day of trail management and land stewardship. We will meet in the Freshwater Nature Trail parking lot just south of the barn and then proceed out onto the trail. Please wear work appropriate clothing (closed toe shoes, gloves), and bring water.Tools are available for use. Visit the Humboldt Trails Council for a complete list of Trail Stewards sites (

Contact: Kerry McNamee
Phone: 822-2242
Email: Kerry

Other Fun Land Trust Gatherings!

Join NRLT staff, advisors, board members and supporters at these fun community gatherings. Learn more about out work in conserving wild and working lands and celebrate your love of this place we call home.

March 17, 2017 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Executive Director Meet & Greet: Swing by our office to meet our new ED, Dan Ehresman and say goodbye to exiting ED, Mike Cipra.

June 14, 2017 - 12:00 pm - 12:00 am, Pints for Non-Profits, Redwood Curtain Brewery: Come have a beer with NRLT to celebrate conservation. $1 of each beer sale goes to NRLT. Live music and food.

July 24, 2017 - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Folie Douce Fundraising Dinner: Come have dinner with us! Folie Douce offers a once a month prix fixe dinner on Monday evenings for $50 per person. Profits from this dinner will be donated to NRLT.

October 14, 2017 - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Annual Celebration, Fortuna River Lodge: Celebrate land conservation at our annual gathering at the Fortuna River Lodge. A delicious local meal, live auction and other entertainment will be included in the festivities. Tickets $75 per person. 

December 8, 2017 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Holiday Party, NRLT Office: Join landowners, conservation specialists, board members, advisors, staff and our members as we celebrate the holidays.

Contact: NRLT office
Phone: 822-2242
Email: office