Palm Springs volunteersDownload the announcement of the free, public lecture on March 8, 2018 at the SCA Annual Meeting.

ABDSP Dec 2015The Lake Oroville State Recreation Area hosted a volunteer training workshop in April 2017 with these participants.

Cleveland National Forest participantsThe BLM Bakersfield Field Office volunteer training workshop held in September 2016 attracted 25 new volunteer site stewards.

Cleveland National Forest participantsParticipants in the July 2016 volunteer training workshop held in Susanville for the Lassen National Forest with the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office.

Cleveland National Forest participantsThe Hume Lake Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument hosted a volunteer training workshop in July, 2016.

CASSP is the California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program, where trained volunteers work with professional archaeologists to protect archaeological and historical resources by regularly visiting sites and recording changes. CASSP is not a government program.

In order to become a CASSP volunteer, you must attend a two-day, training workshop (see how to join). Pre-registration must be made by e-mail, mail, or phone as soon as possible, but no later than the Monday before the workshop (see registration). The volunteer training workshop fee is $25 per person. Attendance usually is limited to 25.

small marker(updated January 15, 2018) Karen Lacy and Michael DeGiovine led the volunteer training workshop at the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area in April 2017. (Beth and Chris Padon, who led previous training workshops, will remain active in CASSP fundraising activities.)

Over 30 people attended this workshop. They filled the conference room on Saturday to hear presentations by Brian Walsh, Michael Hubbart, Greg White, and CASSP coordinators Karen Lacy and Michael DeGiovine. Sunday's field trip took place on a portion of Sutter Buttes State Park.

small marker(updated January 15, 2018) This year's annual meeting of the Society for California Archaeology will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel - Mission Valley in San Diego (2270 Hotel Circle North) on Thursday, March 8 through Sunday March 11, 2018. The SCA website, <> has more information about the meeting.

The annual meeting will feature a free, public lecture on Thursday, March 8, at 7:00 pm at the Grand Hanalei Ballroom of the hotel. Professor Keith H. Meldahl will present research from his book, Hard Road West: History and Geology along the Gold Rush Trail. The migrants faced amazing challenges and wonderous surprises, and their experiences had profound effects on California.

small marker(updated January 15, 2018) It appears that funding will be available to hold several volunteer training workshops in 2018. The workshops will be announced as soon as possible, when paperwork is completed and workshop dates and locations are confirmed.

Support for additional workshops is sorely needed. Please contact Beth and Chris Padon or Karen Lacy and Michael DeGiovine if you know of any funding opportunities for CASSP. We are looking for grants, foundations, donations, and company sponsors. It costs $5,000 to hold a training workshop, and we spend about $30,000 a year on workshop preparation and follow-up, administration, and outreach efforts. Grants will be matched with donations and volunteer time.