Five thousand years ago, a pine forest extended down the California coast from San Francisco to San Diego. Today, Cambria is one of only five native Monterey Pines habitats left.

Help restore some of the coastal Monterey Pine forests in Cambria by joining Greenspace – The Cambria Land Trust in planting 3,000 young pines.

Beginning in late April, at their Earth Day Festival, Greenspace enlisted 37 families, households, and three schools in the Cambria area to germinate over 3,000 Monterey Pine seeds. Since then, each of these groups have looked after the Monterey Pine seedlings, continuing to nurture them until they grow into young trees.

Become a stewardship traveler and make your travel experience along the Highway 1 Discovery Route more meaningful by volunteering to plant pines on State Park land, just north of San Simeon Creek Campground.


Sunday, January 26; 1-4pm
Wednesday, January 29; 10am-1pm

Directions to Planting Site

From the south, take Highway 1 North through Cambria for 4 miles. Turn right onto San Simeon Creek Rd. Next, turn left onto Van Gordon Creek Rd. Parking is available along Van Gordon Creek Rd.

Upon arrival, you will need to fill out a liability waver from California State Parks.

Be sure to bring

  • Boots
  • Gardening tools (if you have them)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Jacket or wear layers


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  • 2020: January 26, 29