Volunteer FAQs | Cal Parks

Volunteer FAQs

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Safety is a top priority for California State Parks Foundation. We are limiting the number of volunteers at our workdays, and you must register in advance. Please do not attend our workday if you are sick or have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  With information related to COVID-19 often changing, as well as recommendations differing between counties, we are basing our decisions on recommendations and information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We are considering these workdays, and our volunteers as essential due to the fact that to keep parks open, and accessible to the public maintenance and habitat restoration must continue. 

More information about the precautions we are taking during COVID-19 can be found here.

How do I join a volunteer workday?

You can find a work day near you, register, manage you attendance on our volunteer webpage. Click here to register. Need help? Click here to see our volunteer registration manual.

Volunteers Should Bring/Wear:

  • Closed-toe shoes (mandatory)
  • Long-sleeved shirts and long pants, mandatory for some projects due to sharp brush and splinters
  • Water container (filled)
  • Work gloves (will be provided if you don’t have your own)
  • Sun protection (hat / sunglasses / sunscreen)
  • Layered clothing (weather may be cold in the morning)

Provided by California State Parks Foundation:

  • Registration materials (waivers, nametags)
  • Free parking pass
  • Snacks
  • Lunch is provided for events that are 4 hours or longer.
  • Tools and training
  • Gloves

Directions & Where to Meet:

Directions will be sent via email in the week before your volunteer workday event.

Physical demands:

Some sites require a hike in/out (up to 2 miles) sometimes on uneven terrain, which will be noted in the project description. Some projects will require crouching or kneeling during the workday.

Camping Details:

Some volunteer workdays offer free camping as an additional perk.  If camping is available, you can reserve your spot by checking the appropriate boxes when you sign up for the event. After your registration is complete, we will email you details about the campsite and check in process.  


We love your furry friends, but please leave all pets at home. Pets are not permitted at our workdays.