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The Redwood Coast Chapter's mission is to support conservation, encourage environmental stewardship, and enhance animal care through enrichment and professional development.

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

- Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac, 1949

Environmental Stewardship

   As environmental stewards, we strive to sustain natural resources and our environment for future generations and educate people on how they can do the same. We encourage responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. The Redwood Coast Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers does this by participating in green practices including but not limited to: recycling everything we possibly can, composting, tree plantings, educational activities on sustainable palm oil production, reduction of our own carbon footprint by utilizing local businesses, and of course supporting conservation projects both locally and internationally.

For more information on how you can become an environmental steward, email us at [email protected] or check out the following links:

US Environmental Protection Agency- Click on "Sustainable Practices"

International Coastal Cleanup Day

Every September we participate in the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day and work hard to make our world a cleaner, better place! Coastal Cleanup Day celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015 and continues to grow bigger and better every year. Last year alone, our small group of volunteers cleaned up over 100 pounds of trash from the North Jetty! 

Want to join us next year? Check our calendar for updates.

Sequoia Park Ivy Pull

We are committed to removing invasive ivy from neighboring Sequoia Park. We host ivy pulls as often we can, and if you would like to join us, please check out our calendar for the next date.

Trees For You And Me

In 2013, we raised $200 to fund a local tree planting project. In 2014, we received a generous grant from PG&E, which we used to help restore a local estuary and plant native trees and shrubs. In 2015, we donated $500 of this grant towards the Salt River restoration project; we matched that donation again in 2016. With the remainder of this grant, the chapter donated native, edible plants to Sequoia Park Zoo to create an edible landscape that would feed both our animals and visitors.