In the office with Coastwalk

Goodbyes at the Office

Two interns from Sonoma State University’s planning departments joined Coastwalk this past year. Their projects primarily involved database work on the Conservancy signage grant. Both wrapped up their internship hours over the summer, and we are thankful for all the work they put into Coastwalk. (more…)

2013 Volunteer Appreciation Campout

2013 Volunteer Appreciation Campout

We had a great turnout at our Volunteer Appreciation campout at Bodega Dunes Campground in Sonoma County. There were lots of good ideas and excited energy looking forward to next year’s Walks season already.

We ended our last night by going around in a circle and answering the prompt: “What keeps you coming back as a Coastwalk volunteer?” Below, are some highlights. (more…)

Sonoma County did it again!

Sonoma County volunteers cleaned up today! With the addition of new sites at the Laguna de Santa Rosa we had record breaking numbers despite the early morning downpour. 371 volunteers came out and picked up over 3,115 pounds of trash and 1,250 pounds of recycling. Over 100 volunteers brought their own cleanup supplies reducing the trash created by the cleaning over 50 miles of the coast and inland waterways!!!

Stay tuned for the statewide results!!

Cleanup events across California and internationally take place today in all countries in all types of weather.

Coastwalk California is the non-profit designated by the California Coastal Commission to coordinate Coastal Cleanup Day in Sonoma County. We partner with the Sonoma County Water Agency and non profit groups to cleanup 15 beaches and 8 inland sites. We need your help! Spend a a morning at the beach doing good for our coastal environment and celebrate with us in the afternoon. To get more information and to pick your site, click here!

If you are located outside of Sonoma County, you can find a California cleanup near you by visiting the California Coastal Commission’s webpage.

Last year Sonoma County volunteers picked up over 6,000 lbs of trash and recycling!

California Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup, and is the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day is one of the largest volunteer events in the world!

To learn more and to register, click here!

This year’s 30th Anniversary Season of Coastwalks is a hit! With registrations up from 2012 and several walks only a few spots away from selling out, be sure to make your reservation soon!

The Majestic Del Norte Coastwalk, back after a hiatus, and the San Luis Obispo Coastwalk have only a few spots left before moving on to a waitlist. And don’t forget about our Family Walks! Perfect for the younger Coastwalker and beginners. In need of something more advanced? Check out both the Trans Catalina Trail Coastwalk and the Lost Coast Backpack.

If you’d like to request a brochure, please email Stephanie at [email protected]

In Memorium: Huell Howser of “California Gold” Passes Away

Huell Howser, who did a segment about Coastwalk and the California Coastal Trail in a program titled California’s Golden Coast passed away on Monday, January 7 at the age of 67. To read the New York Times obituary, click here.

He contributed greatly in sharing all the wonderful places of California with its public. Mr. Howser also donated his life’s work to Chapman University, where episodes of his show are available for free public viewing. Please visit to look through his work.

The episode, “California’s Golden Coast”, has not yet been uploaded to the archives. Please check back next week for an update on the status of the episode.  The episode, however, does air periodically on PBS.