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; it is organized by the Society for California Archaeology (SCA).
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 August 11, 2016) The SCA Northern Data Sharing Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 1 at Amador County fairgrounds (18621 Sherwood St. Plymouth, 95669), and the Southern Data Sharing Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 29, at the Steele/Burnand Desert Anza Borrego Desert Research Center (401 Tilting T. Drive, Borrego Springs, 92004). These data sharing meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the SCA website at www.scahome.org.
(updated September 15, 2016) This has been a great year. 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 150 new volunteers. Thank you all.
Please contact Beth and Chris Padon if you know of any funding opportunities for CASSP (especailly contact persons). CASSP was not awarded an Education and Safety grant from the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of State Parks for next year, so we are looking for other funding sources such as grants, foundations, donations, and company sponsors. It costs $5,000 to hold a training workshop, and we spend about $30,000 a year on preparation and follow-up, administration, and outreach efforts. Past grants were matched with at least $60,000 worth of volunteer time. Thanks for your help.
(updated September 15, 2016) The 2017 annual meeting of the Society for California Archaeology will be held on March 9-12 at Tenaya Lodge, in Fish Camp, near the Hwy 41 entrance to Yosemite National Park. There will be a poster session for CASSP at the meetings. Please contact Beth and Chris Padon for more information, or if you want to present a poster on your site stewardship activities. The deadline for submitting your poster abstract with us is November 11, 2016.