Happy Earth Day

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What better way to mark Earth Day than to give thanks for the lovely bit of habitat in our neighborhood that we call the South Pasadena nature park? I encourage everyone to visit and offer thanks to the wonderful native plants, animals and other organisms that live there. While you are there, pick up litter and pull a few nonnative annual grasses (preferably before they go to seed) to give the native plants a chance to grow and multiply in the park.

weedy annual grasses
Small pile of weedy annual grasses pulled before it goes to seed

Volunteers make all the difference

With the help of countless volunteers we are making wonderful progress in the park. On this Earth Day I am thankful to everyone who has been a part of this journey, and to the birds, bees, butterflies, lizards, insects, coyotes, and others who live in harmony in the park.

  • Girl Scout sign at park entrance
  • volunteer
  • volunteer in the park
  • western sycamore
  • quizzical scrub jay enjoys the park
  • owl box
  • coastal sage scrub plants in nature park (March 2021)

Volunteer Days Resume

We will be resuming our scheduled monthly volunteer days on the third Saturday of the month, May 15th. As usual, we will be there from 9 AM to noon. ­Although the spread of covid outdoors is not a high risk, please wear a face mask and maintain social distancing of 6 feet as recommended by health authorities.

Meet at the park to pull weeds, pick up litter, and enjoy the park. Come for the whole time, for an hour, or just stop by to say hello. Remember to:

  • Bring and wear a face mask – covering both mouth and nose
  • Wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Bring water
  • Bring gardening gloves and tools, weeders, trowels, whatever you use in your own garden (extra gloves and tools will be available, if needed)
  • Wear comfortable work clothes, including work shoes (sneakers or boots), long pants and sleeves
  • Bring binoculars for bird watching (optional)

Children must be under adult supervision at all times. There is poison oak in the park, which we will point out before we start.

Future Volunteer Days

  • May 15, Saturday, 9 am – noon

  • June 19, Saturday, 9 am – noon


  • September 18, 9 am – noon

  • October 16, 9 am – noon

Scheduled volunteer days may change. Please confirm on Facebook or email. Click here to be added to our mailing list.