Conservation Corner

Updated: Jan 7

Santa Cruz County has an incredibly biodiverse natural environment, with redwoods, wetlands, kelp forests, and more! As a hotspot for tourism and outdoor activities, to maintain a balanced ecosystem we have to ensure the health and safety of our wild places. These non-profits are dedicated to conservation just like The Nature Lodge.


The sea otter is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. Adult sea otters typically weigh between 14 and 45 kg, making them the heaviest members of the weasel family, but among the smallest marine mammals.

Watsonville Wetlands Watch

Watsonville Wetlands Watch is dedicated to the protection, restoration, and fostering of appreciation of the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley, especially involving members of the Watsonville community and the students of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. www.watsonvillewetlandswatch.org

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends) is a vital partner with California State Parks, creatively working to ensure our cherished local parks and beaches are thriving and available to all. Friends’ innovative and collaborative community partnership provides support and investment for education, equity and inclusion, conservation, facilities improvements, historic preservation, and cultural events. www.thatsmypark.org

Save our Shores

Similar to The Nature Lodge, Save Our Shores has three pillars that are the guiding principles they follow to ensure the Monterey Bay thrives today and for decades to come. Their pillars are Clean Shores, Healthy Habitats, and Living Waters. Learn about Save Our Shores’ objectives and programs and how they each have a lasting impact on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary at: www.saveourshores.org


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