A “Thankuary” Gift For You! + More fun

It’s Thankuary! And here at Big Sur Land Trust, we are starting this new decade with grateful hearts. In late 2019, we announced the Campaign for the Lands You Love – Big Sur Land Trust’s first major fundraising campaign since our founding in 1978. We set a $7 million goal covering five priorities to be raised by the end of 2019.

And you, our generous donors, did it! In fact, you exceeded this challenge by raising $7.1 million! Because of your support:

  • Salinas is getting more green space and restored wetlands
  • More actions are being taken to help the magnificent forest at Mitteldorf Preserve recover
  • The Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement Program (Carmel River FREE) continues to move forward
  • Increased funding means we can act more immediately on land conservation opportunities
  • Our stewardship experts can keep the lands you love healthier and more resilient

You can learn more about what you’ve made possible here.

To show our gratitude for your unwavering dedication, here are some beautiful photos taken on the lands you love throughout Monterey County. Enjoy them as screen savers or wallpaper for your phone and check back monthly to see more.

Happy Thankuary – together we are making a difference!


Carr Lake Community Volunteer Planting Day

Saturday, February 8
10:00AM – 1:00PM
Carr Lake, Salinas

Our community volunteers are planting and caring for trees and perennial native plants. This thriving and ever-expanding garden is helping to sequester carbon in the soil which can help lessen the effects of climate change. Want to be part of the solution? Join us at our next community planting day on Saturday, February 8th!

Learn more and register here.


Art Show Opening 

Convergence: Carr Lake Ecology & Community
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, February 19

6:00 – 7:30PM
CSUMB City Center, Salinas

We are excited to collaborate with California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB)’s Salinas City Center, Arts and Culture on this exhibition! The show is free and will run through early August. Free “First Friday” events will be held in March, April, May, June, and August.

Learn more here.

Artwork: Juan-Carlos Gonzalez


Volunteer Open House

Thursday, February 27
5:30 – 7:00PM
BSLT Office, Monterey


With Big Sur Land Trust, your energy, time, curiosity and passion are put to good use to care for the lands you love throughout Monterey County.

Please join us at our Volunteer Open House to learn how you can contribute your skills, to get inspired by stories from current volunteers and to sign up as a volunteer for one or more of the opportunities we will have throughout 2020. Learn more and RSVP here.


Purchase Tickets for An Evening with Richard Louv 

Friday, March 6
7:30 – 9:00PM
Hidden Valley – An Institute of the Arts
Carmel Valley


Join Big Sur Land Trust for an inspirational evening with Richard Louv, best-selling author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.


Race for Open Space

Saturday, April 11
7:00 – 10:00AM
Marks Ranch, Salinas

This year at the Race for Open Space, BSLT asks you to run in the name of conservation. Run to inspire others to care about the places that are special to you. Run to bring nature back into our urban areas. Run for the lands you love. Learn more and register to participate here. 

Not a runner? Consider being a volunteer to help create a moment for people to connect to themselves, to each other and to the beauty of nature at Marks Ranch. Learn more and sign-up to volunteer here.

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