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.
(updated March 15, 2017) Last year was great for site stewardship. Volunteer site stewards throughout the State worked thousands of hours to help protect archaeological and historical sites on public lands. Workshops were held in Palm Springs, Susanville, Nipomo, Bishop, Dunlap, Borrego Springs, and Bakersfield, and they attracted about 117 participants. Thank you all.
Please contact Beth and Chris Padon 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 can be matched with donations and volunteer time.
(updated March 15, 2017) The 2017 annual meeting of the Society for California Archaeology was held on March 9-12. The annual report for 2016 was presented to the SCA Executive Board on Thursday. The CASSP forum on best practices was held on Friday. The CASSP poster session took place on Saturday. Five quilting projects were made by CASSP volunteers and archaeologists to raise money for the James A. Bennyhoff Memorial Fund Award. See photos.
(updated March 15, 2017) New volunteer training workshop. We are pleased to announce that there will be a volunteer training workshop for CASSP on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017 at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center. The Center is located at 917 Kelly Ridge Road, Oroville, 95966. Brian Walsh, State Parks archaeologist at the Northern Buttes District, will host this workshop. We hope that you can attend. Please let us know by sending an e-mail or give us a call to register you for this training. Space is limited to 25 participants, so please respond as soon as possible.
On Saturday the classroom training starts at 9:00 am and ends at 4:30 pm. The workshop fee of $25 is collected at the door on Saturday. We provide lunch on Saturday and snacks and refreshments on Sunday. On Sunday, the volunteer training includes a field trip to practice the duties of a site steward. We will carpool from the Lake Oroville Visitor Center for the field day. The second day of volunteer training ends about 2:30 pm. Download this one-page announcement (291K).