Student Focus: HSU's Natural Resources Club

February, 2017

The second in a series featuring student groups and clubs that work toward a better environment.

The Natural Resources Club has been a staple community service organization at Humboldt State University for years. The Natural Resources Club gives HSU students an opportunity to participate in local ecological restoration and other beneficial volunteer work with the City of Arcata and local non-profits such as Humboldt Fish Action Council, Friends of the Dunes, and the Smith River Alliance.

The club participates in these volunteer events almost every Saturday morning (when HSU is in session). The content of these events can range from invasive species removal, native species plantings, and trash clean-ups. For example, the club has worked extensively with the Humboldt Fish Action Council and the City of Arcata on restoring Janes Creek by removing invasive English ivy and Himalayan blackberry.

The Natural Resources Club is a great way for students to meet other students interested in environmental work and make connections with members of community organizations. I joined the Natural Resources Club when I was a freshman at HSU and met some of my best friends while volunteering over the past few years.

Although primarily focused on natural resources management, members are not required to be in a natural resources related major. The Natural Resources Club is dedicated to creating a community that welcomes individuals from all backgrounds and educational interests that strive to restore local ecosystems and keep our environment free from trash and other disturbances.

The club is also a great way for new students to explore the Arcata area and Humboldt County. Natural Resources Club volunteer events are located all over the local area. Speaking from experience, volunteering in these areas fosters a deeper connection with local ecosystems than just simply visiting them. The club is a great way for students to become more connected with the local community as an extension of the campus community.

We send a weekly email out about the upcoming week’s event. To join our mailing list, or if you have any questions, just email us at natrescl@gmail.com. We hope to see you out there!