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COSF News   (May 2013)                                    


Volunteer Opportunities
We are committed to educating our residents about and supporting our 14,000 acre Conejo open space. Our open space is truly a model for other communities and our volunteers are a big part of it! There are a number of volunteer programs that help support our local open space. Our Trail Watch and Trail Patrol volunteers help our rangers keep our open space safe and enjoyable. Our volunteers for Adopt-a-Trail, annual Trail Work Day, and other trail work events help to build new trails, and maintain and repair existing trails. Our annual Trails Education Days teaches our youngsters about our open space and how to enjoy it in safe manner.

Trails Education Days
The 22nd annual Trails Education Days program went off without a hitch: Perfect weather, on-time buses, and lots of assistance from volunteers and staff. Here are a few statistics

  • 1,430 Students participated from all 17 CVUSD Elementary Schools
  • 146 Hiking groups
  • 38 Hike leaders
  • 4 Hikes Avg. per hike leader
  • 10 Students Avg. per group
Additionally, 27 volunteers, 13 rangers, and 6 Animal Actors staff members coordinated the event and put on the workshops. Another 8 gave their time to judge the letter writing contest. Thank you all for your help, we couldn't do it without you. For images of TED 2013 Click here.

Non Native Plant Removal
The May 10th fennel removal was a great success in our efforts to restore the local habitat. Thanks to the great Ranger support as well as help from the volunteers we were able to clear away 1-2 acres of fennel on the Western Plateau. Thank you all for your hard work. For images of the Fennel Fighters Click here.

If you are interested in reducing the spread of non-native plants in our local open space, join our fennel fighting team on Saturday, June 1st, to help us remove this invasive plant. The native plants and animals will be very appreciative! Must be 18+ years of age to participate. No experience necessary. Tools and instructions will be provided. If you are interested, please contact Julie Osborn at (805) 492-6000 or via email at volunteer@cosf.org





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