Volunteer Appreciation Week 2019

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week! ECOSLO loves our volunteers – in 2018 alone, we had nearly 2,000 volunteers involved in our programs like Coastal Cleanup Day and Seas to Trees Day, Beach Keepers cleanups, Nature Projects, and SLO Stewards docent-led hikes. We’re so grateful for everyone who’s been involved with us – whether it was for one cleanup or hike, or whether they’re out there with us every weekend getting involved, our volunteers truly do make a difference! We wanted to highlight some special volunteers who’ve really stood out in the last year and how they’ve been involved with ECOSLO, so we asked them some questions about what fuels them and what made them want to get involved with us. Read below to learn more about these awesome volunteers!   Andrea Biniskiewicz “There’s a positive to every situation – learn to see it! Being in the environmental realm, especially as passionate as we are, can be draining sometimes – understanding the science, results, and solutions to the issues, but there’s always a positive (and it usually starts with having amazing organizations of people to spearhead a movement!!)” “I got involved with ECOSLO as a social media intern. My background is both in environmental science and marketing, so this was the perfect opportunity to expand skills and get involved with an organization that I truly believe shares the same values as me,” shares Andrea. Since then, her main focus has been marketing – collaborating with Mary, the Executive Director + Kayla, AmeriCorps Member, on social media strategy and campaigns, and also serves on ECOSLO’s Board of Directors. She’s passionate about exploring...

August Hike with Chris: Cerro San Luis

Cerro San Luis: August, 13 2017, Lead: Chris Only one hiker participated in this hike, which took place under overcast skies, but it went well. The duration of the hike was approximately one hour. The lemon grove and new trail construction were of interest, as were the various points of interest (including several other City open space areas) that are visible from the trail....

July Hike with Katie: Islay Hill

Islay Hill Hike: July 22, 2017, Lead: Katie Sweep: Carolyn There were 6 non-docents on this morning’s hike, including SLO Stewards docent, Chris’s, wife and son.  We started the hike under a nice, cool marine layer, which broke about the time we reached the summit.  At this point in the summer, there weren’t many wildflowers in bloom but did see plenty of pasture tar weed and mustard plant flowers.  Carolyn pointed out several bedrock mortars where Chumash speaking Native Americans broke apart and ground acorns that were adjacent to the trail (I recently learned that Chumash is not a specific tribe but rather a group of languages spoke by the numerous different tribes ranging from Monterey Bay to Santa Barbara).  On our way down, we saw a bald eagle soaring directly above the trail a little northeast of...

July Hike with Dale: Islay Hill

Islay Hill Hike: July 15, 2017, Lead: Dale Sweep: Chris Our group had a perfect morning to traverse the 482 vertical feet of Islay Hill. We saw lizards all over the trail as the sun got higher and we passed many patches of Turkey Mullein which likes the disturbed ranch lands near the base of Islay. We also saw poppies and wild roses on the way to the top, where we were rewarded with a 360 degree...

July Hike with Seth: Laguna Lake

Laguna Lake Hike, July 8, 2017, Lead: Seth We had a beautiful start for our hike no wind 72 degrees Blue Skies. We only saw one person during our hike in three miles we finished in pretty quick time. We saw some cool wildflowers, shared some stories, and checked out the surrounding views. All three people had never been before so it is always fascinating to show people are surrounding...

June Hike with Chris: Guidetti Ranch

Guidetti Ranch Hike, June 25, 2017, Lead: Chris Thirteen hikers met up on June 25 for the final Guidetti Ranch hike of 2017.  The day was beautiful, and started off with a large gopher snake sunning itself in the road right at the parking area.  Various native plants were still flowering, including sticky monkeyflower, deerweed, Indian paintbrush, Indian pink, and pearly everlasting.  The Pismo clarkia was still blooming vibrantly, while the Indian Knob mountain balm was winding down.  The views from the top of Indian Knob were much admired by the group and included a mule deer buck that was hanging out in the small cave below the peak.  The day was capped off by the smoke trail from a rocket launch at Vandenberg AFB on the way back.  All in all, it was an excellent...