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Welcome to the official Ventura Sierra Club meetup group! We are everyone in Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Somis, El Rio, Port Hueneme, and all the little places inbetween. Want to hike locally? This is the place to be! Ease into fitness at beginner walks, get going on intermediate half or whole day hikes, or make new friendships on overnight backpacks. Want to volunteer for the environment? Check out our service activities! We do beach/river clean ups, trail repair, native plant restorations and more. Your personal fulfillment awaits! "Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life." ~John Muir 1901

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Anacapa Island Eco Day Trip

Anacapa Island


Welcome to an eco day on Anacapa Island. Ventura & Santa Barbara Sierra Club are co-hosting this day trip of volunteering, good vibes and a walk through paradise.

You will be doing hands on native plant restoration under the direction of Channel Islands Institute of Environmental Studies. Get ready for a feeling of satisfaction doing something measurable to help the environment! More about CIES at https://ciesresearch.org/about-us/

Donation of $50 per person is required and the trip is limited to a maximum number of attendees. Payment must be recieved via Paypal. Please be aware no refunds of the donation will be made regardless of weather, illness, ferry cancellations or any other reason.

The trip will likely sell out, register soon. Upon reaching the limit Meetup will produce a wait list. IF YOU ARE WAITLISTED respond quickly if you are notified a spot opens. IF YOU ARE REGISTERED AND MUST CANCEL PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY in consideration of a waitlisted person who wants to participate. THANK YOU!

The club is providing: arrangement for volunteer work with CIES; guided island walks after the volunteer time.

The club will NOT provide: transportation from Island Packers, individual food and water, any equipment.

.... READY TO SIGN UP ?? Follow these steps ....

1. RSVP 'yes' and remit $50 to paypal account '[masked]'

2. You are responsible to reserve a ticket with Island Packers on the following ferry, and RECOMMEND YOU RESERVE ISLAND PACKERS TICKET IMMEDIATELY AFTER RSVPing on this MEETUP OUTING.

>Depart Island Packers OXNARD LOCATION
Sat 10/23/2021 9:30am Oxnard to East Anacapa

>Return Island Packers to OXNARD LOCATION
Sat 10/23/2021 3:15pm E Anacapa to Oxnard

2. Download and sign the 2 CIES waivers and read the Hanta Virus packet (links below). SIGN the Hanta Virus form AND p. 2 of the volunteer agreement. Scan and send the signature pages back to the event organizer via private message. IF YOU DO NOT PROVIDE THE SIGNED WAIVERS YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DO THE PLANT RESTORATION PART OF THE TRIP.
a) Volunteer services agreement
b) Hantavirus signature page
c) Hantavirus information packet

Then just pack and see you soon!
Trip Itinerary

9:30am Depart Oxnard Island Packers – Responsibility of each guest, not part of the official club trip
11:00am Arrive Anacapa Island, follow event leader to shadehouse
11:10am SIGN IN Sierra Club Waiver. This is the Official Trip Start.
11:15am CIES Intro
11:15-1:15 Volunteer Time with CIES
1:15 - 1:45 Brown Bag Lunch
1:45 - 3:00 Your Choice: (a)Hike/Explore/Photo Shoot (b) resume volunteer time with CIES
3:15 Depart Anacapa

>As part of the Sierra Club group, you understand that you may be with vaccinated and non vaccinated people and chose to participate regardless. Do not attend if you exhibit COVID symptoms.
>Under age 18 must be accompanied by adult all club activities
>All personal items should be carried in a backpack
>All funds are received as donation and are not tax-deductible
>In the event of trip cancellation a make up trip will not be provided

>Each attendee will be required to sign a volunteer service waiver (download from event pics, sign and return to leader via PM)
>Each attendee will be required to sign a notice of hanta virus presence (download from event pics, sign and return to leader via PM)

>Island Packers Info at: https://reserve.islandpackers.com/
>Follow Island Packers requirements which are given at the time of your ticket purchase

>Anacapa Island Info https://www.nps.gov/chis/planyourvisit/hiking-anacapa-island.htm

Hill Canyon from Newbury Park

Rancho Conejo Boulevard & Conejo Canyon Open Space Trail

We'll take 6 mile hike through Conejo Canyons. This is a loop hike with an approximate 600 ft elevation gain. There will be shade in Hawk Canyon otherwise the trail is exposed.
You will be hiking with vaccinated and unvaccinated people. If you sign up and participating, you do so knowing this.

Oak Tree Planting

Telephone Road & South Kimball Road

Volunteers are invited to help plant oak trees at Community Park (Kimball & Telephone Rds., Ventura). Sierra Club agrees trees are a climate change solution and valuable asset to our region.

We will be installing 10 trees along the benches at the west bike path side of the park (2 trees per bench location). Meet at the west side of the park.

Wear long pants, long sleeves, bring a shovel, bring a filled reusable water bottle. Kids ok with supervising adult at all times. No dogs please.

When attending a Sierra Club outing, the participant may be around both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Therefore it is the participant’s choice to attend. If you are ill, don't come. If you become ill and test positive for Covid, you are required to notify the leader. Leaders will then submit an incident report.

This event is a collaboration of: East Ventura Community Council, Ventura Tree Alliance, Ventura Sierra Club. Special Thank you to: City of Ventura

Santa Clara River Nature Clean Up Day

Windrow Park

Come take care of the Santa Clara River and lessen the human caused impacts before rains arrive and (a LOT of) trash washes into the ocean. We remove paper, plastic and all manner of junk along the top of the south bank levee and a bit into the river setting where it is normally closed to the public. When you participate, you will be amazed how quiet and really natural the river environment can be, and how close and valuable that nature is to our homes.

A biologist is invited to set up a wildlife observation station full of binoculars for you to borrow and see species in the riparian corridor. A river exhibit booth will also be there to learn about the environmental science issues at the Santa Clara RIver.

Wear long pants and closed shoes. Bring gloves, filled reusable water bottle, and sun protection. This Clean Up Nature volunteer work day is a partnership of Ventura Sierra Club and Friends of the Santa Clara River. Kids 14 and under must be with an adult. No dogs please.

Note that going on this Sierra Club outing you are potentially around both individuals vaccinated and unvaccinated. It is your choice to attend the outing knowing this information. The leader can not and should not reveal the status of participants vaccination or reject a participant based on their vaccination status. DO NOT attend if you are experiencing any possible COVID symptoms or are sick.

Street parking near Windrow Park, walk up through the gate onto the levee to sign in.

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