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Working day on the farm

A drop-in volunteer work day is scheduled for Thursday from 1-4 p.m. at the Bayside Park Farm in the Town of Arcata, 930 Old Arcata Road.

Projects may include planting, weeding and harvesting. No experience is necessary and families are welcome. Appropriate attire would be closed shoes, long pants, sleeves and a sun hat. Bring a bottle of water and snacks, and be sure to pack trash and recyclables. (Animals must stay at home). COVID-19 protocols must be followed when visiting Bayside Park Farm.

Drop-in volunteering is for individuals, families or friends in groups of five or less. Large groups wishing to volunteer should contact the service farmer.

Volunteers must show up 15 minutes before 1 p.m. to sign the paperwork. For more information, call 707-822-8184.

Heritage Days

Friends of Elk River will hold its first Heritage Days event Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Humboldt Grange No. 501, 5845 Humboldt Hill Road, Eureka.

Free entry. Masks and proof of full vaccination are required. Dress warmly as windows and doors will be open for maximum ventilation.

Local historian Jerry Rohde will discuss the rise of Elk River in the late 19th and early 20th century, sharing images and stories from the valley’s not-too-distant past. Attendees will also learn a bit more about Elk River’s neighbors Fields Landing and King Salmon.

family arts day

The Humboldt Arts Council is hosting Family Arts Day Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Morris Graves of Museum of Art, 636 F St., Eureka.

Families are invited to participate together in this monthly artistic creation workshop which complements the current exhibitions at the museum. These workshops focus on intergenerational learning and creation in a museum setting.

This weekend, attendees will visit Barrie Love’s “The Divine Feminine” exhibit and find inspiration for the project of the day. After the tour, everyone will gather in the youth classroom to create collages and painted photographs with the help and guidance of art educator Geneviève Kjesbu. All materials will be provided.

The Morris Graves Museum of Art is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for seniors (65+), military veterans and students with ID; and free for children 17 and under, families with an EBT card and valid ID, and museum members.

Vegetable hike

Sanctuary Forest will feature an “edible and medicinal plant hike” in the upper reaches of the Mattole River on Saturday.

Local herbalist and naturalist Michele Palazzo will lead hikers along the Mattole River and up the ridge, stopping to point out and discuss the edible and medicinal properties of a variety of plants. By the end of the hike, participants will have picked and eaten various local herbs and learned the names and characteristics of many more.

This hike is rated as easy to moderate, covers a mile and a half of flat terrain, and includes a lunch stop at a waterfall on the Mattole River.

RSVPs are suggested for all rides as details are subject to change. Everyone will meet at 10 a.m. at the Restoration Forestry gate (first on the right after Whitethorn Elementary School). Bring lunch and water, wear sturdy shoes, and dress in layers. The hike is free, but donations are accepted.

For questions or to RSVP, visit, email [email protected], or call 707-986-1087, ext. 9#.

Sanctuary Forest is a land and water trust whose mission is to conserve the Mattole River watershed and surrounding areas for wildlife habitat and aesthetic, spiritual and intrinsic values ​​in cooperation with this diverse community.

Plants for sale

The Blue Lake Wha-Nika Women’s Club is holding a plant sale on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parking lot of the Blue Lake Museum, 330 Railroad Ave. For more information, call Adelene Jones at 707-668-5567.

Swamp tower

The Friends of Arcata Swamp is sponsoring a free tour of the Arcata Wildlife Sanctuary and Swamp on Saturday.

Meet Chief Paul Johnson at 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Interpretive Center on South G Street for a 90-minute walk, rain or shine, focusing on the ecology of the marsh. Masks are recommended but not required inside the building, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. For more information, call 707-826-2359.

Marsh Field Trip

The Redwood Region Audubon Society will present a free guided excursion to Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Bring binoculars and meet leader Michael Morris at the end of South I Street (Klopp Lake) in Arcata. RSVP to Ralph Bucher at [email protected]

bird watching tower

The Redwood Region Audubon Society will present a birding tour of West End Road on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

This tour begins with a short walk on the Arcata Ridge Trail, then continues to Blue Lake with as few vehicles as possible (vaccinations required, masks optional, windows open). The focus will be on bird watching by ear, so this will be a good opportunity to learn or perfect the vocalizations of a wide variety of species.

Everyone will meet leader Ken Burton at the north end of the Arcata Ridge Trail (40.8924 -124.0800) just north of the US Highway 101 overpass on West End Road at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Ken Burton at [email protected]

bird watching tower

The Redwood Region Audubon Society will be offering a free guided birding tour along the Eureka Waterfront Trail on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with Chef Ralph Bucher. This relatively urban trail offers the opportunity to observe the abundance and diversity of species comparable to many more remote locations. This walk is on an easily accessible flat, paved path. Contact Ralph Bucher to register for this field trip at [email protected]

“Frankly Franklin”

KEET-TV will present “Frankly Franklin,” a screening and discussion with educators about Benjamin Franklin’s impact on America, on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Host James Floss will moderate a panel discussion with historians from Cal Poly Humboldt, Chico State University, and a college science and engineering professor.

Register for this online event at

Volunteer work day

Volunteers are invited to a work party to plant, pull weeds and improve the native plant gardens at Black Sands Beach at Shelter Cove on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sponsored by Friends of the Lost Coast and BLM King Range National Conservation Area, this monthly volunteer service event rotates between three public access sites in Shelter Cove. Everyone will meet at 10 a.m. at the Black Sands Beach parking lot, 856 Beach Road. Be sure to dress in layers and bring gloves. Tools are provided. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected]

Garden visit

The Eureka Heritage Society is hosting a tour of the gardens June 12 from noon to 5 p.m. The tour will begin at the Annie B Ryan Home and Gardens, 1000 F St. in Eureka, and will include eight gardens.
Artists and musicians will be in the gardens and refreshments will be available in the Annie B Ryan Garden. There will also be a pop-up garden shop and garden specialists to answer questions about the garden.
Advance tickets are $25. Tickets will cost $35 on the day of the visit. Tickets can be purchased online at or at Greenlot Nursery, Eureka Books, Bev’s Real Kids, Ring Pharmacy and Green’s Pharmacy.

Celebrate the Trails

The Humboldt Trails Council invites everyone to get out and celebrate National Trails Day on June 4th and stop by one of their three activity stations to learn more about the important role the community plays in protection and promotion of trails.

The Humboldt Trails Council will host activity stations at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, the Eureka Waterfront Trail North near Blue Ox Mill (accessible from the end of Y Street) or on the Hikshari’ Trail (at the parking lot at the end of Hilfiker Road) . Participate in a “trail scavenger hunt,” share what the trails mean to you, or join a mailing list and be eligible to be entered into a draw for a $50 gift certificate from Pacific Outfitters.

Activity stations will offer light refreshments, local trail information, sharing bike maps and other ways to access and get involved in supporting local trails.

Community members can also choose to participate in the June 4 Volunteer Work Day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and be entered into the draw. Contact Stacy at [email protected] to register for the Workday event.

For more information on local trails and National Trails Day activities, visit

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