August 21, 2017

International Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 16th

International Coastal Cleanup Day is the world’s largest annual preservation and protection event and volunteer effort for our ocean, waves and beaches. It is a global movement that encompasses 6 million volunteers in 90 countries and all of the United States. The cumulative result is not only cleaner and healthier coastline but also a raised consciousness for accessible actions people can integrate into their lives to promote healthy
beaches on a daily basis.
For the 13th year in a row, the Mendocino County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will be sponsoring the Ward Ave. cleanup from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Stop by and say hi, and join in the fun. Please bring gloves and a container for trash.  We’ll have a home base at the Ward Ave. Parking Lot.  A friendly reminder: Ward Ave. north to 10 Mile Beach is one of the few areas on our coast that doesn’t allow dogs on the beach, even with a leash.
If you fill up a bag and want to do more, please join our friends from Noyo Center, who will be cleaning Noyo Harbor Beach on the same day.
Let’s keep Mendocino County beaches clean!
August 9, 2017

Science Talk – Friday, August 11, 6-7:30pm

Join us for a co-hosted talk this Friday evening at the Old Rec Center Gym in Fort Bragg.

July 19, 2017

Noyo Center’s Orca Articulation Workshop

Join the Noyo Center’s month-long Orca Articulation Workshop, and help us re-assemble a 26-ft Orca skeleton, bone by bone. Mixing art, science and engineering, everyone involved will get a rare and intimate look into the life of a killer whale.

In 2015, an adult male Orca washed ashore on the Mendocino Coast tangled in crab pot line. He was identified as an Alaskan transient. The Noyo Center for Marine Science, in collaboration with California Academy of Sciences, collected and prepared the bones.

Now, three master articulators will lead us through the exciting process of articulating the skeleton in a way that reflects this magnificent mammal’s power and beauty. Throughout the workshop, as we build the whale, we will dive deep into killer whale anatomy, habitats and
communities, ecosystems and food chains, human interactions and conservation strategies. You don’t need a particular expertise to join our team, just an inquisitive mind, a love of bones, a penchant for puzzles, and a collaborative spirit.

Still not sure? We have more! We want you to fall in love with the Noyo Center and our stretch of the Mendocino Coast, so we will also offer a range of additional activities, including whale watching trips, kayak adventures, nature photography classes, scientific illustration instruction, scientific lectures and more. It will be a true Orca summer.


At the Noyo Center we believe in experiencing science and are excited to offer this incredibly unique learning opportunity. Whether scientist or carpenter, retired grandma or inspired student, all will be considered through our application process. Just tell us a little bit about yourself. We will ask about your skills, but nothing is required. If you have a skill to share or a story to tell, please let us know. Students over 15 are considered with parental consent, and a limited number of scholarships are available. We will book only 12 slots per day.


July 17th – August 12th, 2017        Mondays – Saturdays      9:00am -5:00pm


Old Rec Gym in Fort Bragg


$50-$200 dollars a day, sliding scale. Please contribute what you can.

Noyo Center Sustaining Members get 3 days free.

A limited number of student scholarships are available, local students get preference.

Fees cover the cost of the workshop. A 50% non-refundable deposit will be required. Spaces are limited.

Find out more on the Noyo Center website.

October 20, 2016

Bring your reusable bag with you today and every day!


October 11, 2016

Vote Yes on 67 – Protect the Bag Ban in California



In 2014, California passed a law to phase out wasteful, single-use plastic grocery bags, with broad support from local governments, business groups, unions, retailers, and environmental organizations. More than 150 communities across California have already banned plastic bags. But plastic bag companies from Texas, South Carolina, and New Jersey are trying to overturn this law. Now it’s up to us to protect California’s plastic bag ban—the first statewide bag ban in the nation—to save our oceans, marine wildlife, and our neighborhoods from plastic pollution.

Vote YES on Prop 67 to protect California’s plastic bag ban.

Sign the pledge, then share this page with your friends and family to keep the conversation going that all of California needs to VOTE YES ON PROP 67!

January 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

Hare Creek Needs Our Help!

The City of Fort Bragg has approved plans for a new shopping center on the ocean side of Hwy. 1, above Hare Creek. This is bad news for downtown businesses, and also bad news for run-off into Hare Creek. For anyone who can attend this meeting, it will hopefully be an opportunity to state our opinions on the proposed development.
The Fort Bragg Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, January 28th at 6:00pm at the John Diederich Center at 208 Dana St. in Fort Bragg. At the conclusion of the meeting the Planning Commission will consider adoption of the draft mitigated negative declaration by the California Environmental Quality Act.

Staff reports and other documents that will be considered are available on the City’s website at:

May 12, 2014

International Surfing Day is Friday, June 20th


Who: Join the Surfrider Foundation’s Mendocino County Chapter

What: The Mendocino County Chapter will be hosting a beach clean up and surf
paddle out at Big River State Beach on Friday June 20th from 2:00pm to
7:00pm. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner and a warm wetsuit if you want to
play in the water. Lots of cool prizes for participants.

Where: Meet at the bottom of the stairs next to the volley ball courts or
on the east side of the Big River overpass in the State Park Parking Lot.
In an effort to reduce usage of single use plastic bags for garbage
collection we are encouraging participants to bring a 5 gallon bucket or
pail for trash collecting. We will have extras at the beach.

February 24, 2014

Join Us At The Meeting in Fort Bragg On Friday, March 7th To Stop Sonar & Explosives Testing

Join Us At The Meeting in Fort Bragg On Friday, March 7th To Stop Sonar Testing

March 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

Tsunami clean up dates

The Mendocino County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in conjunction with The California Coastal Commission, NOAA and California State Parks will be hosting four beach clean up days in 2013, one in each quarter of 2013. The purpose of the cleanups is to determine if any debris from the March 2011 earthquake / tsunami in Japan has started to reach our shores. This effort will be taking place along the entire California Coast in 2013.

The Beach, Dates and Times for the Mendocino Coast are:
Saturday March 30, 2013 Ward Ave to Ten Mile Beach 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Saturday May 18, 2013 Ward Ave to Ten Mile Beach 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Saturday September 21, 2013 Ward Ave to Ten Mile Beach 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Saturday November 16, 2013 Ward Ave to Ten Mile Beach 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Volunteers are needed and there will be cool prizes for participants!

For those not familiar with Ward Ave / Ten Mile Beach it is the most isolated beach close to a large population base ( Fort Bragg) because it is inhabited by endangered species it  has special restrictions. There are no Dogs allowed on the beach even with a leash. (Your cooperation is greatly appreciated)

The California Coastal Commission has developed and posted web pages describing the Tsunami Debris Cleanup Program. You can find the pages and on-line calendar here:

Contact Walt for any questions

January 27, 2013

Mermaid Carnival


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