Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer and DonateFun volunteer opportunities continue year-round on the beautiful land that is the Hamilton/Bel Marin Keys Wetlands Restoration Project! Enjoy the outdoors with fresh breezes off the bay while planting natives, managing invasive species, collecting seed, and monitoring flora/fauna. Enjoy the indoor native plant nursery and garden while cleaning and planting seed, tending to young seedlings and watering growing nursery plants!

All new volunteers are provided an orientation, which includes: project overview, site safety, scheduling, and the interests of each volunteer, all to ensure a positive and enriching volunteer experience. No prior experience is necessary, and accomodations can easily be made for all abilities.

To learn more, please contact:

Christina McWhorter

monitoringVolunteer Trail Monitoring

The State Coastal Conservancy is looking for volunteer monitors to collect data on trail use at Hamilton Wetlands. The data will be used to assess the need for trail management that increases protection of habitat and wildlife.

Monitors will be stationed at 1 of 3 overlooks at the wetland site and will record observations of trail users on datasheets, noting types of trail uses (e.g., walking, running, bicycling), adherence with trail rules, and any incidental observations of wildlife disturbance.

Monitoring will occur for a few hours on 1 or 2 days each month, including some weekend days, from October 2016 through October 2017. Monitors should have good quality binoculars, familiarity with local wildlife, and be able to commit to at least one day of monitoring.

If interested, please contact Laura Cholodenko (laura.cholodenko@scc.ca.gov; 510-286-0752). A schedule will be developed based on volunteer availability.

 Thank you for your interest!

ArtWorking with Our Wetlands: A Community Project Supporting Stewardship of the Hamilton Wetlands

The ArtWorking with Our Wetlands Project aims:

  • to inspire and instruct local students
  • create scientifically-accurate, beautiful art such as paintings, murals, and 3-D art installations
  • tell the story of the ecological significance of the habitats, wildlife and restoration efforts of the HWRP
  • to install the art work along the SF Bay Trail overlooks at the Hamilton Wetlands
  • to use recycled, reclaimed and/or sustainably created, low-toxin materials
  • to help engage and inform visitors to the HWRP site

The project partners include: Olive Elementary School Teacher Fran Rozoff and her Fifth Grade Class and their families, Artist/Naturalist Ane Carla Rovetta, Novato Community TV, Leadership Novato sponsored by Novato’s Chamber of Commerce, and School Fuel, the Novato Foundation for Public Education.


The ArtWorking with Our Wetlands Project is hoping for your financial support to help install current artworks along the SF Bay Trail at Hamilton and enable student artists to create more art for phases 2 and 3 of this project.

Donate to the ArtWorking with Our Wetlands Project. Make checks payable to “School Fuel” with the memo Wetlands Project and mail donations to 448 Ignacio Blvd., #410, Novato, CA 94949 or go to School Fuel at www.nfpe.org/support-us/donate/