Join us for a planting party on the plains!

March 08, 2021

North Coast Land Conservancy is hosting nine small, socially distanced volunteer work parties this spring to plant native wildflowers at Surf Pines!

We have 3,000 plugs of dune tansy and edible thistle that we will be planting. These are wonderful native wildflowers, not to be confused with the invasive tansy ragwort and bull or Canada thistle. They are important nectar species for pollinators, including the federally threatened Oregon silverspot butterfly that once occupied the Clatsop Plains. We are working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to improve the habitat at our Surf Pines Prairie Habitat Reserve so these rare butterflies may one day be reintroduced.

We will be planting over the course of nine outings so we can have plenty of volunteer help but also limit groups to six people or less. Please sign up for one or more days to help us get these plants in the ground!

Click below to register for a particular date:


Volunteer Safety During the COVID 19 Pandemic:

We take the safety of our volunteers and staff seriously and expect that you will too. All of our groups will be limited to six or fewer volunteers. Masks are required to be worn while working on our land. If you need to briefly remove your mask to drink water or eat a snack, you will need to make sure you are more than 10 feet away from others. Please do not attend if you are sick or if you think you might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

We will avoid gathering as a group during the work party, which means we will not be doing our normal introductions and project overview. Staff will point you in the right direction to spread out on the property and then come over to you individually to provide more instruction or answer questions. Thank you in advance for being patient as we figure out how to safely start hosting volunteer work parties again.


  1. Isa Haverlan says:

    I’m looking at possibly being able to volunteer Wednesday the 31st. However, before I do
    I need to know how tough the terrain is because I have a really bum ankle, knee and generally hurting leg.
    Thankyou for your response
    Isa Haverlan

  2. McLaren Innes says:

    Planting these wildflowers seems to be a perfect and vital spring event. I’m with you in spirit but not able to join in.

  3. Amanda Jakub says:

    Is this something you do every year? I’m moving to Oregon this summer, but won’t be there in time. This sounds like heaven to me though, and I’d love to help next year!