Who we are

Young people know that human-driven global climate change is shifting everything, everywhere – and are determined to do something about it. The Young Friends of Point Blue come together to support Point Blue’s mission, vision, passion, and science to help make positive conservation outcomes possible for a healthy blue planet. Through virtual and in-person connections, the Young Friends learn about, visit, and amplify Point Blue’s work from the Sierra Nevada to the California Current, and from Alaska to Antarctica.

Explore · Empower · Conserve

In this growing, inclusive network of young people, we turn climate anxiety into action. The Young Friends connect with Point Blue scientists and educators who are working to answer climate-smart conservation questions daily. Questions such as: How is ocean temperature affecting the food supply in the ocean? How are migratory birds changing their timing and patterns in relation to changing plant flowering and seeding? How can we engage school children, community-serving organizations, environmental justice groups, and tribal nations to restore habitat for wildlife, flood protections along shorelines, cultural preservation, and reduced soil erosion and improved water quality on streams and rivers?

Community · Diversity · Philanthropy

There are myriad ways to engage with and support Point Blue’s mission and each member of the Young Friends can do so in a way that works for them. Your help to expand our network, harness new technologies, push out Point Blue’s groundbreaking scientific insights, elevate diverse voices, and raise vital financial support is mission critical.

Upcoming events

February 29, 2024, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
COP28 Debrief

COP28 is just one way Point Blue is engaged on the global stage. In this debrief, Young Friends Abdullah Al-Shakarchi and Grace Lam will join a wider panel of Point Blue partners who attended. The panel will provide insights into the themes and outcomes of the conference and how Point Blue’s observer status helps the organization achieve its mission.

Email youngfriends@pointblue.org to register. Read more about COP28 from Mani Oliva, Point Blue CEO, in his post Middle East Climate Conference, but Looking South for Hope.

March 15, 2024
Dusk Owl Hike and Reception
Point Blue Avian Ecologist Renée Cormier will lead a dusk walk on Mount Tamalpais to listen for local owl species of Marin County, and talk about Point Blue’s long-term work with the iconic Northern Spotted Owl. A reception will follow.
Space is limited, email youngfriends@pointblue.org for more information
Learn more about our Northern Spotted Owl Monitoring Project and read a recent article in Marin Living Magazine.

Examples of past events

September 16, 2023
Young Friends Mixer and Ranch Walk
The Young Friends mixed it up with Point Blue scientists, staff and Board members on a hike around Stubbs Vineyard, long-time conservation partners. Chelsea Carey led a soils group, John Parodi toured STRAW restoration sites and Diana Humple guided a birding group, all demonstrating the many ways working land and partnerships are essential to any effort to conserve biodiversity. The hike was followed by a toast with Stubbs wines, of course!

Join Now

Member requirements:

  • Between 21 – 39 years old
  • Your own unique commitment of support for Point Blue’s mission

Member benefits:

  • Invitations to virtual meetups and in-person field trips
  • Young Friends of Point Blue bi-annual e-newsletter