Volunteer | Cal Parks

When you become a champion for California’s state parks, you help them become more climate resilient, protect wildlife and nature, preserve history and culture, and ensure positive park experiences. 

Volunteer Workdays

Each year, our volunteer program plans over 100 volunteer workdays to benefit nearly 30 parks across California. This includes workdays throughout April in celebration of Earth Day. From Half Moon Bay State Beach to Rio de Los Angeles State Park, you can help protect these priceless resources now and for generations to come. Plus, many projects offer special perks, like guided tours, plant and wildlife education opportunities, and free camping.  

Find a workday near you by viewing our calendar of events. No previous experience is needed to participate in a volunteer workday. All tools and training will be provided. We hope to see you soon!  

Our Community

California State Parks Foundation is committed to Justice, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. Our volunteer workdays provide opportunities for all Californians to join our parks community and to give back to our state parks. We strive to create a welcoming and safe space for people from all backgrounds and walks of life at our events. All volunteers who join our workdays are expected to have respect for one another and the land. We ask that all participants join us with a curious mind and caring attitude to help us create a positive impact on our parks and our communities. 

May Volunteer Recap: May Workday Successes!
Volunteer Core Leaders

Join our community of park leaders!

Earth Day Climate Action

Celebrate Earth Day Climate Action with California State Parks Foundation.

Volunteer with mask Rio de Los Angeles State Park
Volunteer Photos

Get an inside look at previous volunteer days.

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7,890 hours

Volunteer Hours in 2022

These events that really opened my eyes to the value of a team of volunteers. Whether the team is large or small, what can be accomplished is amazing.


Joyce Abrams
Core Leader at China Camp State Park