Volunteer

As you may have noticed, we have a brand new look! Our volunteer web page is currently in transition. We will continue to make improvements to the volunteer registration process over the next two months. Thank you for your patience during this time. If you have any questions, please email us at volunteer@calparks.org.

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, please email us at volunteer@calparks.org.

Upcoming Workdays
  • Wed
    18
    Sep, 2019
    Pigeon Point Light Station (San Mateo)

    Help us with our ongoing fence restoration project!  We will be removing old fencing to make way for new fencing that will provide safety along the cliffs. Ages 16 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).
     

  • Wed
    18
    Sep, 2019
    Fort Ord Dunes State Park (Monterey)

    Help us restore native habitat by pulling out invasive plants! We have already transformed approximately 200 acres of the park from disturbed, iceplant-dominated dunes to native habitat.

  • Sat
    21
    Sep, 2019
    South Carlsbad State Beach (San Diego)

    Help preserve and protect biodiversity at South Carlsbad State Beach! We will be removing invasive plants by hand to ensure they do not spread and out-compete our native plants. Ages 12 and older welcome ( minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sat
    21
    Sep, 2019
    FULL: Los Angeles State Historic Park (Los Angeles)

    Join us for our annual Habitat Restoration Training! We will have presentations and discussions about native plant horticulture, the importance of biodiversity, and invasive plant removal.

  • Sat
    21
    Sep, 2019
    Fort Ross State Park (Sonoma)

    Join us for Coastal Cleanup Day! We will be partnering with the Fort Ross Conservancy and the California Coastal Commission for this statewide movement to keep our beaches free of trash. All ages welcome ( minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian). Camping is available (tents only).

  • Sat
    28
    Sep, 2019
    Silver Strand State Beach (San Diego)

    Help restore coastal dune habitat at Silver Strand State Beach! We will be removing common invasive plant species to ensure the ecosystem remains balanced and healthy. Ages 12 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sat
    28
    Sep, 2019
    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (San Diego)

    Help maintain trails, campgrounds and other park features! Volunteers ages 14 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sun
    29
    Sep, 2019
    Palomar Mountain State Park (San Diego)

    Help keep the park beautiful and safe for park visitors! We will help maintain trails, campgrounds, and other park features. Ages 12 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sun
    29
    Sep, 2019
    Angel Island State Park (Marin and San Francisco)

    Join us to improve landscaping and accessibility of the US Immigration Station. We will tame the landscape around historic buildings, clear paths, and clean the interior and exterior of the historic buildings. Please be prepared to walk a two mile round trip to the work site.

  • Fri
    04
    Oct, 2019
    Auburn State Recreation Area (Placer)

    Join us for our first event of the year at Auburn State Recreation Area to remove invasive plants! We will be cutting rather than pulling french broom plant which is an invasive that grows quite large.

  • Fri
    04
    Oct, 2019
    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.

  • Sun
    06
    Oct, 2019
    Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (Santa Cruz)

    Help us maintain the parks popular day use areas! We will trim branches and overgrown brush, rake, and pick up trash. All ages welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).  Free camping is available. To reserve a camping spot, please email us at volunteer@calparks.org.

  • Sat
    12
    Oct, 2019
    Old Town San Diego (San Diego)

    Help improve and maintain the native plant garden! Volunteers 10 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sat
    12
    Oct, 2019
    Candlestick Point State Recreation Area (San Francisco)

    Help us 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.

  • Sat
    19
    Oct, 2019
    FULL: Grover Hot Springs State Park (Alpine)

    Help plant native grasses along the recently constructed ADA trail. We will be digging holes for plants, planting, and watering. Ages 12 and older welcome ( minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sat
    19
    Oct, 2019
    China Camp State Park (Marin)

    Help us with trail maintenance by clearing vegetation, repairing split rail fencing, and staging gravel for future trail work. There is something for everyone! Please note that trail work can be strenuous. Ages 16 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Tue
    22
    Oct, 2019
    Candlestick Point State Recreation Area (San Francisco)
    Help us keep the park clean and safe for all visitors! We will pick up trash and trim overgrown vegetation along walkways. Ages 16 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).
  • Wed
    23
    Oct, 2019
    Big Basin Redwoods State Park (Santa Cruz)

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

  • Sat
    26
    Oct, 2019
    Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park (Tulare)

    Join us to repaint historic buildings and seal walkways! Your help will beautify this very special park and preserve it's important history. Ages 10 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).  Free camping is available Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Sat
    26
    Oct, 2019
    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (San Diego)

    Help maintain trails, campgrounds, and other park features. Volunteers ages 14 & older welcome if accompanied by legal guardian.

  • Sat
    26
    Oct, 2019
    Carpinteria State Beach (Santa Barbara)

    Join us to support this beach-side gem! We will help staff with improvements such as fire ring replacement, beach clean up and possibly tackle some painting. Ages 12 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian). Free tent and RV (no hookups) camping may be available.