Friends of the Dunes

Friends of the Dunes is dedicated to conserving the natural diversity of coastal environments in Humboldt County, California, through community supported education and stewardship programs.

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The Humboldt Coastal Nature Center is open Wednesday - Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Upcoming Events

Lanphere Dunes Restoration

Saturday, August 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Help restore the USFWS Lanphere Dunes. Meet at Pacific Union school in Arcata to carpool to the protected site.

See: Calendar of Events for more information.

Summer Potluck

Saturday, August 27 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Join Friends of the Dunes staff for summer potluck in honor of our dedicated volunteers and members! Bring a potluck item to share, and your own plate and utensils to help us reduce waste.

See: Calendar of Events for more information.

Dune Systems and Sea Level Rise

Wednesday, August 31st, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Patrick Hesp, internationally renowned expert on dune geomorphology from Flinders University, Australia, will give a presentation on the evolution of barrier dune systems such as Humboldt Bay.

See: Calendar of Events for more information.

Lanphere Dunes Guided Walk

Saturday, September 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join a Friends of the Dunes naturalist for a guided tour of the Lanphere Dunes.

See: Calendar of Events for more information.

Annual Events

Lupine Bash Get Outside Gear Sale Ocean Day Sand Sculpture Festival Wine by the Sea Calendar of Events

Sand Sculpture Festival

A big thank you to all the sponsors, sculptors, and volunteers who made the 2016 Sand Sculpture Festival a success! See photos and results from this year’s festival here.

Visit our Sand Sculpture Festival Page for all the details PLUS photos from festivals going back 15 years!

Wildberries Marketplace
We want to send a HUGE shout out to Wildberries Marketplace for including Friends of the Dunes in their non-profit change round-up program! We appreciate all that Wildberries Marketplace does for Friends of the Dunes, and for our community, so please show them your support. And when you're at the register, please consider donating to Friends of the Dunes and join us in conserving our amazing coastal environments for future generations!

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Friends of the Dunes | PO Box 186, Arcata CA 95518 | 707-444-1397 |

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