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What's Happening

The latest news from FFRP


•4th Annual CCC Volunteer Workday
•Make A Difference Day
•Bluff Restoration
•Invasive Removal
•Coastal Cleanup
•Conservation Easement Monitoring
•Docents & Volunteers Needed
•Upcoming Ranch Walks
•Haiku On Nature

4th Annual CCC Volunteer Day
Saturday, October 17

Hundreds of volunteers from the California Conservation Corps, nonprofit groups and California businesses are joining forces on Saturday, October 17, to work on environmental projects from Humboldt County to San Diego that promise to have high impact on local communities. Cambria, and specifically the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, will be beneficiaries this year.

Las Padres Center of the CCC, including approximately 60 corpsmembers and most of their staff, are inviting community members to come out and help with projects benefiting our public openspace in the heart of Cambria.
The volunteer day will last for approximately 4 hours — from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The projects will include:
  • Trail repair work on the Santa Rosa Creek Trail
  • Erosion control and repair on a trail near the north Windsor entrance
  • Chipping along the Forest Loop Trail
  • Ice plant removal along the Bluff Trail
  • Possible replacement of the bridge near the Trenton entrance
We will meet at the Vet’s Hall parking lot at 8:00 am, split into work groups based on our interests and skills, then go to the various sites on the Ranch.
Following the day’s work we will meet at the VFW dining area for lunch and socializing. Lunch will be provided by the CCC’s.
The 3-C’s have a long history of projects in and around Cambria, including building the Bluff Trail. We are fortunate to have a center near our small community.
The California Conservation Corps was created in 1976. Since then, 120,000 corps members have provided more than 67 million hours of conservation work – planting more than 21 million trees, improving stream and fish habitats, building and maintaining more than 11,000 miles of trails, and improving California park and recreation areas. Corpsmembers have also spent more than nine million hours assisting with fires, floods, oil spills, earthquakes and pest infestations.


Make a Difference Day
Saturday, October 24

Millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others and their communities. In its 24th year, Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of community service. You can be a part of it! We’ll be hosting volunteers on the Ranch to help us with a citizen science project that involves gathering data about the health of our forest from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Holly at or (805) 239-3928.

Bluff Restoration

Carlos Mendoza, Ranch Manager has installed barriers along the north Bluff Trail advising walkers to stay off erosion areas and to keep back from the steep bluff edge. We will be scoring the bare dirt and scattering native seeds closer to the rainy season.

Invasive Removal

Our Wednesday Weeders continue to stay one step ahead of the milk thistle, bull thistle and Italian thistle as well as catching radish and mustard before the seeds open. This dedicated group of volunteers works every Wednesday from 8:00 until 10:00 am removing invasive plants to make way for the native wildflowers to flourish.

If you would like to help with invasive removal, contact us at You will be added to our email list and notified of Wednesday Weeder projects.

Coastal Cleanup

FFRP volunteers participated in Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer event on the planet! Ranch walkers are very good at picking up after themselves, so we don’t often have much trash, but this year the volunteers picked up 10 pounds of trash and 2 pounds of recyclables on the Ranch and in the cove at the north end of the Bluff Trail.

Conservation Easement Monitoring

FFRP provides ongoing monitoring of the preserve and a yearly resource survey to determine and document compliance with the terms of the conservation easement. We will be photographing and describing changes on over 55 gps points on the Ranch. At the end of the survey we will compile our findings into a report that can be compared to yearly documents that go back to 2003, when the conservation easement was first adopted for the Ranch.
FFRP Office Sign

FFRP Office
604 Main Street

West Village of Cambria
Next to Sandy's Deli

Our somewhat regular
open-to-the-public hours are:

Monday 11 am - 2 pm
Friday 11 am - 2 pm
Saturday 11 am - 3 pm

Stop on by to get Ranch info from a docent, check out our large maps and images of the Ranch, pick up trail maps, join or donate to FFRP, or shop for shirts, caps, aprons, books, and greeting cards.


As more and more visitors and locals come to our new office location, we are in need of docents to welcome these visitors, provide Ranch information, sell Ranch merchandise, as well as take in FFRP memberships and donations. Occasionally there are other office jobs for docents to do while on shift.

Currently we need the following days covered: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. The ideal shift is 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, however should you only be available for 2 hours, the 4-hour shift could be shared with another docent.

Please contact Jo Ellen at (805) 927-2856 or if you are interested in and willing to become an office docent.


In addition to memberships and donations, FFRP couldn't do what it does without all its volunteers. If you would like to support the Ranch by giving hands-on time, we would love to have you! Click HERE to download, fill out, and return to FFRP a Volunteer Participation form where you mark the specific areas in which you would like to volunteer. We will send email announcements when opportunities to volunteer arise in those specific areas.

You may also contact us directly at (805) 927-2856 or if you are interested in and willing to become a  volunteer for FFRP.


Marine Mammals on the Ranch

Looking for Marine Mammals on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Saturday October 10
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Reservations Required
Carolyn Skinder, Director of the Coastal Discovery Center at William Randolph Hearst State Beach, will lead a talk and walk looking for marine mammals such as otters and harbor seals and maybe a humpback whale, if we are fortunate. One year we were, and saw lots of marine mammals—even a pod of dolphins who showed off for us. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Bluff Trail Walk

Bluff Trail Walk

Saturday November 21
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Reservations Required

Stephen Beck leads this walk. Enjoy the ocean and learn about the properties of seaweed and its nutrients and its importance to our ocean, ocean birds, plants along the trail and how the ocean currents play into our weather. We might even see a few sea mammals along the way. Bring binoculars if you have them. Children welcome with adult supervision. Meet at the south entrance to the Bluff Trail. Directions HERE. For more information, call Stephen at (805) 400-5366.


On Nature

Jennifer Star

Strong tidal surges
Bringing in, taking away
Shape-shifting beachscape
In our neighborhood
Turkeys, deer, squirrels and more
Wildlife infusion
Little bark creepers
Hunting for spiders, bugs, grubs
Meals for feathered friends
Pelican highway
Riding the ocean currents
Of water-pushed air
Wet mornings drift in
As sky carries sea to land
A gentle merging

Excerpts from
"On Nature"

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