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Docent of Native Species

Assist in our native plant greenhouse and garden. Help sow seeds, transplant, weed, water, and care for native plants grown for habitat restoration. There is a possibility of increasing responsibility with increasing experience as a Return of the Natives Docent of Native Species (RON’s DONS).

Volunteer requirements

  • No experience is necessary, though we welcome those with experience in horticulture, or restoration and native plants to share their expertise
  • Willingness to get your hands dirty and work outdoors
  • Can work outside in cold or hot weather
R.O.N.'s D.O.N.S. support the growth of around 20,000 native plants each year

When and where

Tuesdays from 10:30 am to 12:30pm, at the Watershed Institute native plant nursery on the CSU Monterey Bay campus.

Training and orientations

A short orientation will be conducted on your first day of volunteering, and most training is “on the job” but more formal trainings are also available. Fill out the Docent Interest form below to start your training with RON!

More information

Contact Eessa Vanderspek at (831) 582-3686 or email

Return of the Natives

(831) 582-3689