Volunteer

Come volunteer with us and help our state parks stay in tip-top shape. We’re always looking for volunteers to protect biodiversity by removing invasive plants, maintain safe hiking trails by making regular repairs, and keep parks beautiful with painting and landscaping projects. Volunteering with us is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, and spend a morning outside. Hope you can join us for a workday soon!

Click on a date below to register for an upcoming project. If you need to cancel your attendance or view the events you are signed up for, please click here. You will be asked to enter the name and email address you signed up with. You can also email us at volunteer@calparks.org

Upcoming Workdays
  • Sat
    29
    Feb, 2020
    Border Field State Park (San Diego)

    This event has been cancelled. We hope you can join us at the next event! Check back soon for a rescheduled dates.

  • Sat
    29
    Feb, 2020
    CANCELLED - Salton Sea State Recreation Area (Mecca)

    This event has been cancelled. We hope you can join us at our next event in the park! Check back soon for rescheduled dates.

  • Sun
    01
    Mar, 2020
    Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (Santa Cruz)

    Help us get the campgrounds ready for the 2020 season! We will clear fallen limbs, trim, and address maintenance needs for campground facilities. All ages welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian). 

  • Fri
    06
    Mar, 2020
    Fort Ord Dunes State Park ( Monterey)

    Help restore native habitat! So far, about 200 acres have been restored that supports the wildlife that call this park home (such as the smiths blue butterfly, snowy plovers, & the legless lizard).

  • Fri
    06
    Mar, 2020
    Los Angeles State Historic Park (Los Angeles)

    Join us to restore native habitat in the park! We are partnering with the park's Weed Warriors program to learn about native plants, invasive plants and to get our hands dirty at this urban park with beautiful views of the city.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar, 2020
    Picacho State Recreation Area (Imperial County)

    Join us & Friends4Picacho for a two-day (Sat-Sun) event at this unique park along the river! We will work on maintenance projects to keep the park safe & beautiful for visitors. Free camping Friday - Sunday.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar, 2020
    Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (San Diego)

    Help restore two wooden footbridges in the park! We will sand and refinish the bridges to maintain this important infrastructure. If time permits, we will trim trees and pull weeds in the area.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar, 2020
    South Carlsbad State Beach (San Diego)

    Help preserve and protect biodiversity at South Carlsbad! We will be removing invasive plant species using hand tools. Ages 12 and older are welcome ( minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian ).

  • Sat
    07
    Mar, 2020
    Malibu Creek State Park (Los Angeles)

    Help maintain and restore popular park trails! Ages 12 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sat
    07
    Mar, 2020
    Chino Hills State Park ( Inland Empire)

    Help with trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, and other park improvements. Ages 8 older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian)

  • Wed
    11
    Mar, 2020
    Candlestick Point State Recreation Area (San Francisco)

    Help us improve park safety! We will trim branches and shrubs to improve visibility along trails and roads. Ages 16 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sat
    14
    Mar, 2020
    Silver Strand State Beach (San Diego)

    Help restore coastal dune habitat! We will be removing common invasive plant species by hand. Ages 12 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sat
    14
    Mar, 2020
    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park ( San Diego)

    Help maintain important park features! The tentative project is to create a fire buffer around park structures. Ages 14 & older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian). Free camping available Friday & Saturday nights (tent/ RV).

  • Sat
    14
    Mar, 2020
    Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook ( Los Angeles)

    Help restore native habitat in the park!  Learn about native plants, invasive plants and get your hands dirty at this urban park with a beautiful view of the city. Ages 8 and older welcome ( minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sat
    14
    Mar, 2020
    Half Moon Bay State Beach ( San Mateo)

    Help with our ongoing habitat rehabilitation project! We will be planting California native plants along the coast at Venice Beach. All ages are welcome (minor must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sat
    14
    Mar, 2020
    Candlestick Point State Recreation Area (San Francisco)

    Help with ongoing habitat restoration efforts led by our partners Literacy for Environmental Justice. We will focus on planting native species, removing invasive plants, and mulching to maintain the restoration area.

  • Wed
    18
    Mar, 2020
    Fort Ord Dunes State Park ( Monterey)

    Help us remove invasive plants and plant native plants! We have already transformed approximately 200 acres of the park from disturbed, ice-plant dominated dunes to native habitat.

  • Wed
    18
    Mar, 2020
    Big Basin Redwoods State Park ( Santa Cruz County)

    Help restore the Skyline to Sea Bypass Trail! We will focus on widening the trail and clearing the path of encroaching roots and other vegetation to ensure visitor safety. Ages 16 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sat
    21
    Mar, 2020
    Emma Wood State Beach (Ventura)

    Help support improvements to the Ventura River watershed! We will be help remove trash and debris from the riparian and trail areas of the park. Ages 16 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian). Free camping available Friday and Saturday nights.