CASSP Summer Volunteer Training

California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program
July 11-12, initial volunteer training for the Western Divide Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest, at Springville.
July 18-19, advanced training for the BLM Hollister Field Office, at Santa Cruz.
July 25-26, initial volunteer training at the BLM Bishop Field Office, in Bishop.
August 8-9, initial volunteer training at the Amador Ranger District of the Eldorado National Forest, at Pioneer.
August 22 (Saturday only), advanced training at the Maturango Museum for the Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest, in Ridgecrest.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Advance training workshops are designed for volunteers who have already attended the initial training. For the latest information about CASSP and these workshops, please visit www.cassp.org.

June 18, 2015, 6:30pm 

Archaeology of Joshua Tree National Park

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

Portola Center, Palm Desert, CA

Guest speaker is Jason Theuer, Cultural Resource Branch Chief of JTNP.  Jason has lots of archaeological things to share with us that are happening in the Park.  See you there.

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June 18, 2015, 7:00pm

All About Abalone

Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Oxnard, CA

Dr. Daniel Geiger, the leading authority on the world’s abalone, will share fascinating facts about the mollusk on the upper deck. Following a social hour at 6:30, the program begins at 7:00. Admission is $5.

Upon completion of his training at USC and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Geiger joined the museum staff at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History in 2005. His research focuses on the biodiversity and evolution of lower marine snails, including abalone, top snails, limpets, as well as some lesser known groups. These animals range in size from 6 mm to 300 mm, and inhabit the ocean from the tide line to the deep sea.

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June 22, 2015, 5:30pm

Pioneers Etched in Stone

Temecula Valley Historical Society

Little Temecula History Center, Temecula CA

The public is invited to attend the meeting. At 4:00pm, local high school recipients of the society’s 2015 history scholarships will be introduced and will tell the society about their future plans. This will be followed by a brief social time after which author Steve Williamson of the Temecula Valley Museum will give an overview of his recently released book. The book presents brief biographies of the individuals whose names are inscribed in the granite monument in Sam Hicks Monument Park in Old Town Temecula. Copies of Williamson’s “Pioneers Etched in Stone” will be available for sale following the meeting. For more information, call Rebecca Farnbach951-775-6057.


June 27, 2015, 7:30pm

Flat bottom vs. Iron cladding: Determining the Use of a Distinctive Boat Discovered along San Diego’s Waterfront

San Diego County Archaeological Society

San Diego, CA

Doug Mengers, archaeologist, historian and gis specialist presents an insightful look into the life a historic boat; from assemblage to discovery during a downtown waterfront construction site.

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June 28, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA

Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


July 3, 2015

Free First Fridays Program

San Mateo County History Museum

Redwood City, CA

History Museum continues its “Free First Fridays” program on July 3, 2015.  Not only is admission free the entire day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but two programs are planned for the public without any fees.  At 11:00 a.m., preschool children will be invited to learn about baseball.  They will make team pennants for hanging at home. Then Museum staff will conduct a special program in its new “Let’s Play Ball” exhibit gallery.  Here the youngsters will hear the story, Play Ball With Me.  At 2 p.m., museum docents will lead tours of the Museum for adults.

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July 4, 2015, 10:00am – 4:00pm

An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July

San Mateo County History Museum

Redwood City, CA

The San Mateo County History Museum will present An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July within its museum, the 105-year-old county courthouse in Redwood City.  Between 10 am and 4 pm children will be invited to hand-crank homemade vanilla ice cream and then take a taste.  They will also make traditional Independence Day crafts to take home with them. Beginning at 1 pm, adults will be invited to view vintage films of the San Francisco Peninsula from the Museum’s archives.  Museum admission will be half-price that day: $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and students and, as always, free for kids five and under.  Activities will take place to coincide with the famous Redwood City Independence Day parade.

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July 7 – August 13, 2015, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Guide Training

Maidu Museum and Historic Site

Roseville, CA

If you like working with children and learning about local native history and cultural heritage; join our team of volunteer guides. After training, volunteer docents lead tours of the museum and historic site to help teach children about native culture and the environment.

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July 11 & 12, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Lemon Lily Festival

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


July 11, 2015, 10:00am

Hike with Mike Wilkins: Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Contemporary Environmental Knowledge and Prehistoric Lifeways

San Diego County Archaeological Society

San Diego, CA

Anthropologist Michael Wilken will lead a hike at Mission Trails Regional Park. This will be a followup to the lecture on May 26. He has worked closely with native artists and traditional authorities to foster cultural revitalization and sustainable community development. Wilken teaches in the anthropology department of California State University, San Marcos.

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July 12 and 26, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA

Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


August 7, 2015

Free First Fridays

San Mateo County History Museum

Redwood City, CA

The museum continues its program on August 7, 2015.  Not only is admission free the entire day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but two programs are planned for the public without any fees.  At 11:00 a.m., preschool children will be invited to learn about wagon trains.  They will make cardboard covered wagons for taking home. Then Museum staff will conduct a special program in its “Journey to Work” exhibit gallery.  Here the youngsters will hear the story, Nine for California.  At 2 p.m., museum docents will lead tours of the Museum for adults.

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August 8, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Butterfly Daze

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


August 8-9, 2015, 10:00am-4:00pm

Dutch Oven Cook-Off

Gold Nugget Museum

Paradise, CA

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August 9 and 23, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA

Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


August 11, 2015, 7:00pm

History of the Botanical Building in Balboa Park

San Dieguito Heritage Museum

Encinitas Community and Senior Center, Encinitas, CA

Vonn Marie May is a cultural landscape specialist – specializing in future planning strategies for historic and cultural landscapes.  She will be speaking about the history of the Botanical Building in Balboa Park for the Centennial 1915 – 2015 Panama California Exposition.

For more information & to RSVP, please email: gro.egatirehdsnull@srekaeps  or call (760) 632-9711.  Suggested donation $5.00.


September 5 & 6, 2015, 10:00am-2:00pm

Labor Day Weekend Family Fun

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


September 10, 2015, 7:30pm

The History of Home

Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

Irvine, CA

Dr. Jerry D. Moore

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September 12-13, 2015, 11:00am-4:00pm

Days of Living History

Gold Nugget Museum

Paradise, CA

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September 13 and 27, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.

September 17, 2015, 6:30pm

Cave Paintings of Baja, California

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

The Portola Center

Palm Desert, CA

Speakers: Maria Puente and Britt Wilson

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September 19, 2015, Noon – 4:00pm

Rancho Day Fiesta at Sanchez Adobe

San Mateo County Historical Association

Sanchez Adobe Historic Site: Pacifica, CA

The San Mateo County Historical Association presents the annual Rancho Day Fiesta. Families will enjoy early California music and participatory dancing.  Rancho style refreshments will be available.  Demonstration of bygone trades and craft activities for children will be featured.  There will be a $1 suggested donation with additional charges for food and crafts.

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October 11, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Fall Festival of Gems & Minerals

Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society

Fallbrook, CA

The Fallbrook Fall Festival of Gems and Minerals will feature:  gem, mineral, and fossil vendors; panning for minerals; geode cracking; gem identification; raffles; and more. Vendors will sell a variety of gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, and related items. The Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society Museum will be open (admission is always free) during the show.

Food and drink will be available for purchase.


October 11 and 25, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA

Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


October 15-17, 2015

Time Again to Gather: Celebrating 30 Years of the California Indian Conference

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the California Indian Conference by bringing it back to where it began in 1985! The University of California, Berkeley is excited to host this historic occasion. Submissions for papers and presentations on any topic focusing on California’s Native American peoples are welcome. Past topics have included: education, Native languages, federal and state law, storytelling, repatriation/museums, literature, economic development, social and political issues, anthropology/archaeology, cultural maintenance and revitalization, dance, and arts.

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November 8 and 22, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA

Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


December 23, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.