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 http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html

California State Parks http://www.parks.ca.gov/

The Homeless Garden Project http://www.homelessgardenproject.org/index.php

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary http://montereybay.noaa.gov/educate/volunteer/welcome.html

Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Restoration Project http://mbstp.org/

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History http://www.santacruzmuseums.org/index.htm

Santa Cruz Volunteer Center  http://www.scvolunteercenter.com/

Save Our Shores http://saveourshores.org/

Shared Adventures http://www.sharedadventures.org/index.htm

Surfrider Foundation http://www.surfridersantacruz.org/

The Last Plastic Straw http://thelastplasticstraw.org

Watsonville Wetlands Watch http://www.watsonvillewetlandswatch.org/index.html