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.

August 4, 2018 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Freshwater Farms Reserve: Stewardship Saturday featuring Assemblymember Jim Wood's First Annual Roll Up Your Sleeves Community Day. Volunteers can participate in a morning full of trail beautification and invasive plant removal, enjoy a complimentary picnic lunch, and get a FREE T-shirt! This is a free family fun event. If possible, please bring a water bottle, work pants, gloves, blanket, and closed-toe shoes. Picnic lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Deanna Sisk by email or at (707) 445-7014. See you there! 

August 18, 2018 - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm, Freshwater Farms Reserve: Forestry Practices Hike with Sanctuary Forest and Humboldt Redwood Company. Join NRLT and our partner organizations for a day focusing on recent forestry operations in the upper Freshwater Creek watershed and a tour of our estuary restoration work adjacent lower Freshwater Creek. Bring your lunch! For more details CLICK HERE.

August 25, 2018 - 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, Freshwater Farms Reserve: Join NRLT and Friends of the Dunes to restore biodiversity at Freshwater Farms Reserve, followed by a smartphone-powered BioBlitz. Bring your work gloves, a fully charged smartphone with the iNaturalist app already downloaded, and tons of enthusiasm. We’ll rally some folks who know the area. Together we’ll do some citizen science! Please meet at Freshwater Farms Reserve and park in the Nature Trail Parking Lot area. To learn more about BioBlitz's, visit the iNaturalist website at inaturalist.org. For questions, call: 707-444-1397.

September 22, 2018 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Freshwater Farms Reserve: California Native Plant Society Plant Sale. Visit our partner organization at their Freshwater Farms Reserve nursery and bring home some beautiful native plants. If you have questions about native plants for sale, please do not phone the farm stand or the Northcoast Regional Land Trust; contact CNPS at northcoastcnps@gmail.com.

September 30, 2018 - 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Martin Slough: Join us for a day of stewardship at our Martin Slough property.

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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 special interpretive paddle will allow you access to a network of beautiful slough channels and the majestic Humboldt Bay.  You will travel by tidal wetlands with herons and geese flying overhead.  

This five-mile paddle is not strenuous but requires sustained activity for the duration. Everyone welcome – families encouraged. All boats and gear will be provided by Humboats.  Dress warmly, bring water and a snack. Rain or Shine – severe weather cancels. Space is limited - RSVP necessary. RSVP with Brian at Humboats 443-5157 or brian@humboats.com.  

2018 Date: September 9th, 2018 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Fee: $45
Contact: Beth Bray
Phone: 707- 822-2242
Directions: Meet at Humboats on Woodley Island, Dock A by 1 pm.  We will carpool from there to Freshwater Farms Reserve, launching by 2 pm, and arriving back at Humboats 1.5-2 hours later. 

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: Beth Bray
Directions: Land Trust office, 901 Samoa Blvd in Arcata (on the corner of Samoa and I Street).

Upcoming Lay of the Land Dates: September 12, 2018 5:30 -7:30 pm - Please contact our office if you would like to attend.

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 Days: Join us at the Freshwater Nature Trail each month for a rewarding day of trail management and land stewardship. We 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 (www.humtrails.org

Upcoming Stewardship Dates: 
August 4, 2018 10am-1pm
​August 25, 2018 10am-1pm
​September 30, 2018 10am-12pm

Contact: Karlee Jewell

Phone: 822-2242

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.

October 13, 2018 - 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 14, 2018 - 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