I am still very happy with the results of the workshop. All of the stewards have done an amazing job... I have nothing but praise for them all. One of the stewards lives close to Headwaters, and chooses to walk his dog there, so he is informally keeping an eye on the Falk site. That's true dedication!! It is because of him and the Friends group that we learned of recent vandalism at the restored Train Barn. Nothing too serious and we were able to send someone out right away to take care of the problem. - Sharyl Kinnear-Ferris, BLM Archaeologist, Arcata Field Office.

Arcata classroomSharyl Kinnear-Ferris reviews local archaeological resources at the BLM Arcata Field Office workshop..

Arcata field tripParticipants in the 2019 Arcata workshop visited nearby sites on the second day of the workshop.

Arcata participantsThe 2019 Arcata workshop participants assembled for a group picture.

CASSP is the California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program, where trained volunteers work with public agency archaeologists to protect archaeological and historical resources by regularly visiting sites to record and report changes.

CASSP is not a government program. It is administered by the Partners for Archaeological Site Stewardship (PASS), which is a 501(c)3, non-profit, California corporation.

Volunteers serve on lands managed by federal agencies (the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, National Park Service), California State Parks, the Archaeological Conservancy and several Native American Tribes.

small markerNew format for CASSP workshops.

Starting this year, the CASSP two-day, volunteer training workshops will be presented in a new format. On the first day, classroom sessions will be conducted online, in a free webinar that anyone can attend. Topics include: program overview, local heritage resources, safety, legal issues, and how to be a witness. Participants must register beforehand.

Participants from the first day who desire to become site stewards will take a second day of training that consists of an in-person field trip at the agency where they will volunteer. Initially, three or four agencies at different locations in the State will offer volunteer opportunities. The field trip session will be scheduled within a few weeks of the webinar, depending upon staff availability and any COVID-19 restrictions. Volunteers must sign a confidentiality agreement to not reveal site locations and pay a workshop fee of $25 before the field training. Each field trip will limited to 25 volunteers, and will be led by CASSP instructors and agency archaeologists. (updated May 2021)