The Watershed Institute

Return of the Natives

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Restoration and Education Program

RON is a community and school based environmental education program dedicated to involving students (kindergarten through university) and the community in native habitat restoration in Monterey County, California.

Our mission is to bring nature closer to people, and people closer to nature through hands-on experiences in community based habitat restoration and environmental education.

Covid-19 Update: Starting Again September 2021

RON expects to restart our weekend volunteer program in September 2021.  Please check out our tentative calendar for events.

Please check back for updates and follow Return of the Natives on Instagram or Facebook for current news or contact our AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, Lindsey Ochoa at for more information. Sign up for our monthy newsletter and recieve a once-a-month email!  You'll learn what volunteer opportunites for the month are  available, what RON has been up to, and how the previous month went for our organization. 

Thank you to all our friends at RON for your support! Please consider donating to our small non-profit. 

Watershed Institute