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 January 18, 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 150 new volunteers. 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 January 18, 2017) 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. The meetings will include a poster session by site stewards and a session on "Best Practices for a Volunteer Site Steward Program." Please contact Beth and Chris Padon for more information.