Save Our Shores Seeks Participants for Training to Expand Ocean Volunteer Program

unnamedSave Our Shores Sanctuary Steward Emma Teaches 3rd graders about the impact of coastal plastic pollution and the importance of collecting beach cleanup data.

THE MONTEREY BAY is home to a unique volunteer program that empowers community members of all backgrounds to become local leaders, educators, advocates and experts on issues affecting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). The Sanctuary Steward program was developed in 1995 and is exclusively run by the marine conservation nonprofit Save Our Shores. Training topics range from the history of the MBNMS, best practices in coastal pollution prevention, to becoming involved in leading ocean advocacy events. Trainings run every other month for residents in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey County. Save Our Shores invites community members to join their first Sanctuary Steward Training Crash Course of 2017 on Thursday evening, January 12th. Details:


Save Our Shores Pollution Prevention Outreach on July 4th, 2016


ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Sanctuary Steward Program empowers community members to become local leaders in ocean conservation through direct participation in Save Our Shores’ three initiatives: Pollution Prevention, Clean Boating, and Ocean Health Awareness. Stewards receive a high quality training that includes both educational lectures and significant preparation for becoming event leaders, ocean advocates, and community educators with Save Our Shores.



  • Save Our Shores is a venerable environmental organization that has been at the front of every major effort to combat threats to our precious coast and marine environment during the last three decades.” -Fred Keeley, former member of the California State Assembly,  Class of 2008

  • The most important effort to protect our coastline could not have happened without Save Our Shores.” -Leon Panetta, former CIA Director and Congressman, Class of 2009

  • When I prioritized volunteering last year and began researching local non-profit organizations, Save Our Shores was a natural fit. After a full year on the team, beach clean-ups are only part of what I’ve done with Save Our Shores, but so far it’s been the most fulfilling. Seeing the smiles, community spirit and watching bag after bag, pound after pound of trash and recyclables removed from my playground is the best feeling there is.” – Nancy Connelly, Class of 2011

  • Joining Save Our Shores is a great way to pitch in and help the community and have fun doing it.” – Tom Davis, co-owner of Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, Class of 2010

  • I live blue because my brain tells me that there are countless convincing reasons that water quality is important, and my heart tells me it is the right thing to do.” – Greg Pepping, Executive Director of Coastal Watershed Council, Class of 2009

  • We have a motto in my family. We can’t do it all, but we can all do a little. Every little bit helps. I can’t do it all, but I can do my part.” – Rachael Anderson, Class of 2008


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