Community Service Project

OSO is a free program, but each group that participates is required to do a community service project to earn their trip. Community service is very important to us at OSO, and we are proud of the work that our students have accomplished over the years.

You are welcome to come up with your own creative community service project.  See below for a list of common community service projects.

  • School recycling programs
  • Lunch waste composting programs
  • Beach/Creek clean ups
  • Native plant restoration
  • Pollution awareness programs
  • Letter writing campaigns for environmental causes
  • Gardens for the homeless
  • Storm drain stenciling
  • School campus beautification
  • Community environmental awareness projects
  • Creative original project of your own design

Below please find links to some wonderful non-profit organizations that OSO groups have worked with in the past to complete their service projects. Or look for a non-profit in your own community that needs volunteers!

California Coastal Commission- Coastal Clean-up Day

California State Parks

The Homeless Garden Project

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Restoration Project

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Santa Cruz Volunteer Center

Save Our Shores

Shared Adventures

Surfrider Foundation

The Last Plastic Straw

Watsonville Wetlands Watch