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
    20
    Nov, 2019
    Henry W. Coe State Park (Santa Clara)

    Help with fire and erosion prevention at the historic Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs. We will cut back vegetation surrounding cabin structures to reduce fire hazards and will clear the dirt around nearby buildings to deter erosion. Join us for an optional guided tour after the workday by park staff.

  • Wed
    20
    Nov, 2019
    Pigeon Point Light Station (San Mateo)

    Help us with our ongoing fence restoration project! We will be installing new pickets to the fencing frame and doing touch up painting along the entire fence line. Ages 16 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Wed
    20
    Nov, 2019
    Fort Ord Dunes State Park (Monterey)

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

  • Fri
    22
    Nov, 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 of encroaching roots and other vegetation to ensure visitor safety.

  • Sat
    23
    Nov, 2019
    Picacho State Recreation Area (San Diego)

    Join us and our partners Friends4Picacho for a two-day (Saturday & Sunday) at this unique park along the river! We will be working on maintenance projects to ensure the park stays safe and beautiful for visitors. Ages 12 and older welcome ( minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sat
    23
    Nov, 2019
    Rio De Los Angeles (Los Angeles)

    Join us to restore native habitat in partnership with Audubon Center at Debs Park! We will remove invasive plants and plant native plants ( if the weather permits). Ages 8 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by their legal guardian).

  • Sat
    23
    Nov, 2019
    Emma Wood State Beach (Ventura)

    Help us support this trail filled area! We help with maintenance improvement projects and clean the area along the group camping area.

  • Sun
    01
    Dec, 2019
    Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

    Join us to restore native habitat in the park! We will be pulling out invasive weeds to ensure a healthy and balanced ecosystem. All ages welcome ( minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian). Free camping provided Saturday (11/30).

  • Fri
    06
    Dec, 2019
    Los Angeles State Historic Park (Los Angeles)

    Join us to restore native habitat in the park! We are partnering with the park's <i>Weed Warriors </i>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
    Dec, 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.<br><br>Free Camping is available for volunteers on Friday & Saturday nights. A limited number of RV spots are available (no hookups).

  • Sat
    07
    Dec, 2019
    Half Moon Bay State Beach (San Mateo)

    Help us with our ongoing habitat rehabilitation project! We will focus on removing invasive plants along the coast at Venice Beach. All ages are welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

  • Sat
    07
    Dec, 2019
    Salton Sea State Recreation Area (Imperial County)

    Help us keep the park safe and beautiful! We will be work on maintenance repairs. Free camping Friday and Saturday nights for registered volunteers. The Sea and Desert Interpretive Association will provide free kayaking after the workday ( weather permitting).

  • Sat
    07
    Dec, 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).

  • Wed
    11
    Dec, 2019
    Candlestick Point State Recreation Area (San Francisco)

    Help us with maintenance projects in the main parking lot. We will repair fences and pick up trash and debris to keep this busy area of the park clean and safe. Ages 16 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian).

  • Sat
    14
    Dec, 2019
    Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (Los Angeles)

    Help restore native habitat in the park!  Learn about native plants, invasive pland 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
    Dec, 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
    28
    Dec, 2019
    Rio De Los Angeles (Los Angeles)

    Join us to restore native habitat in partnership with Audubon Center at Debs Park! We will remove invasive plants and plant native plants ( if the weather permits). Ages 8 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by their legal guardian).

  • Fri
    03
    Jan, 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.