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.

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center Visiting Hours

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday - Sunday

Closed Monday, Tuesday

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Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

Upcoming Events

Sand Sculpture Festival

Saturday, July 28th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m

Grab your shovels and get your team together for the Sand Sculpture Festival!

See: Sand Sculpture Festival for more information.

Sign up for Summer Camps!

We are offering sessions of summer camps that allow participants to visit to our local beaches, dunes, wetlands, and coastal forests while learning about nature through inquiry based learning and creative expression.

See: Summer Camps for more information.

Dune Ecosystem Restoration

Saturday, July 21st from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Help restore the dune ecosystem on the Friends of the Dunes property by removing invasive plants.

See: Calendar of Events for more information.

Save the Date!

Our annual Sand Sculpture Festival will take place on Saturday, July 28 in a new location: the Samoa Drag Strip. Click for details.

Board Members Wanted

Friends of the Dunes is now recruiting experienced and active volunteers to join the Board of Directors and its subcommittees. We are looking for individuals who share a love of our coastal dune system and who have strong backgrounds in one or more of the following: finance, human resources, strategic planning, fundraising, non-profit work, event planning, and grant writing. For more information and an application, please see our Board of Directors page. You can also contact our Board President:

John St. Marie

Annual Events

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

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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