by: Alex Warneke (Cabrillo National Monument)

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This past month, Cabrillo National Monument partnered with eight AmeriCorp VISTA and NCCC (National Civilian Community Corp) volunteers to promote urban garden initiatives, community building, and outreach in our underserved communities.

The team mostly hailed from across the east coast, with members from New Jersey, Pensylvania, Kentucky, Atlanta, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. Traveling the west coast for about 10 months they were recently stationed at their last project – Cabrillo National Monument.

Here at the Monument, this hardworking group of young people (ages 18-24) facilitated the expansion of our greenhouse for future educational programs, removed over 60 pounds of trash from our coastline, furthered plant restoration efforts, and acted as Cabrillo ambassadors, assisting local farming communities to promote Cabrillo’s urban gardening program.

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Working toward the next century of stewardship these members serve their country through activism and engagement and are dedicated to giving back and making a difference. Cabrillo is proud of this partnership with Americorps in helping answer the NPS’ Call2Action and we hope to foster many more collaborations of this nature in the future.