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 12, 2018, Freshwater Farms Reserve: Restoring Tidal Wetlands: Inclusive, Process-based Restoration in Working Landscapes Tour for the Salmonid Restoration Conference: Join NRLT staff, Kerry McNamee, Conor Shea of US Fish and Wildlife and Elijah Portugal from Redwood Community Action Agency for a guided tour about the various stages of restored and abundant tidal wetland habitat, pasture restoration, tide gates, project scope and goals, and if possible, a demonstration of capturing and tagging juvenile coho salmon. Limited spaces, to reserve your spot: CLICK HERE

April 20, 2018 - 8:15 am - 12:15 pm, Freshwater Farms Reserve: Birding Tour 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

May 12, 2018 - 10:00 am - Noon, Freshwater Farms Reserve: Mother's Day Nest Walk: Join NRLT staff and local bird guide, Julia Cavalli, for a nest walk where we will be exploring the parenting habits of our avian neighbors. No reservation necessary. Meet at the trail parking lot at 10:00 am. 

June 9, 2018 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Freshwater Farms Reserve: Grass ID walk and Stewardship Day: Join NRLT staff, Kerry McNamee for a discussion of native grasses and grass identification, followed by an opportunity to do some hands on restoration work! No reservation necessary. Meet at the trail parking lot at 10:00 am. 

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.

2018 Date: September - TBD

Fee: $45 - $5 discount for members
Contact: Beth Bray
Phone: 707- 822-2242
Email: Beth
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).

 2018 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 days: Join us at the Freshwater Nature Trail each month for a rewarding day of trail management and land stewardship. Dates announced on our home page and facebook. 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 (www.humtrails.org

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.

April 10th - Pints for Non-Profits, Humboldt Cider Company: Come have a cider with NRLT to celebrate conservation. $1 of each pint goes to NRLT. Live music and food.

June 25th - 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 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