Green Org

Green Organization Community Members

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Friends volunteers are a big reason Santa Cruz's state parks are thriving.

Friends In Deed How the innovative nonprofit stepped up in a time of need to become a leading supporter of state parks in the Santa Cruz area and a model for partnership statewide.

Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

The  San Vicente Redwoods (formerly Cemex Redwoods)—the biggest piece of unprotected redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains until its purchase in 2011. Photo courtesy Land Trust.

Conserving Land Since 1978 The group that got its start protecting Antonelli Pond is making its mark on some of the region’s highest-profile conservation projects—including a mountain lion crossing on Highway 17, the Coastal Rail Trail and the incomparable San Vicente Redwoods.

Sempervirens Fund

Castle Rock State Park, designated in 1968, forms a vital piece of the Great Park envisioned by Sempervirens Fund. Photo by Phillippe Cohen.

The Folks Who Brought You Big Basin Specialists in preserving Santa Cruz Mountains redwoods, Sempervirens Fund is reassembling a Great Park from Silicon Valley to the Pacific Ocean. Join the effort now!

Bike Santa Cruz County

Bike Advocacy for Santa Cruz County. Bike Santa Cruz County's mission is simple: to promote bicycling through advocacy, education and community building.

Blue Marbles Project

Spreading Ocean Love The brainchild of marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, the Blue Marbles Project promotes “random acts of ocean kindness” through a simple gesture: passing a blue marble to anyone who is ocean-minded, and helping the ocean in some small way.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Making Small Farms Stronger Small family farms are an integral part of a sustainable community. The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is a Watsonville-based organization that strives to build shared values around agricultural practices and food. Partnerships between family farmers and their communities generate economic vitality and improved health—for both the environment and the humans who depend on the products of local farms.

California Ocean Science Trust

Helping Science and Policy Get Together The mission of the California Ocean Science Trust is to make sure sound science has a seat at the oceans policy table—not always an easy task.

California Native Plant Society

Sticky monkey-flower by Eugene Zelenko.

Protecting California's Native Plants Heritage Active since 1965, the California Native Plant Society is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants.

Coastal Watershed Council

Monitoring Watershed Health Since 1995, the Coastal Watershed Council has been on a mission to preserve our coastal watersheds. The CWC's annual Snapshot Day, held the first Saturday in May, mobilizes "citizen-scientists" from all over the Monterey Bay region to gather water samples from each watershed that drains into Monterey Bay.

Ecological Concerns Incorporated

Design-Grow-Build. That’s the mantra of Ecological Concerns, Inc., a local ecological landscape and consulting firm that specializes in habitat restoration through the use of native plant species. From creek restoration and erosion control to invasive plant removal and drought-tolerant landscaping, ECI works on projects big and small to enhance biodiversity.