What Can I Do?

Make a difference for nature and people too!  

The organizations below are working to build a new culture of stewardship in California.  Make a difference, get involved!

With your help we can grow our list of stewardship organizations and help more Californians make a difference.  Let us know which organizations in your area offer similar opportunities and we’ll list them here!

Organizations with volunteer opportunities

California Coastal Commission – The mission of the Coastal Commission is to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance environmental and human-based resources of the California coast for environmentally sustainable and prudent use by current and future generations.  The organization offers volunteer opportunities to help clean up and restore California’s coast and ocean. 

Bay Nature Institute – Based in Berkeley, CA the Bay Nature Institute is dedicated to educating the people of the San Francisco Bay Area about, and celebrating the beauty of, the surrounding natural world.  The Institute offers volunteer opportunities in clean-up and restoration of coastal areas in and around the SF Bay. 

Save the Redwoods League – The mission of Save the Redwoods League is to protect and restore redwood forests and connect people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish. Volunteer opportunities include becoming a citizen scientist, habitat monitoring and data research.

Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR)The mission of FoLAR is to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship. Volunteer opportunities include becoming an LA River naturalist and their annual LA River Clean-up. 

The River ProjectThe River Project’s mission is to encourage responsible planning and management of our lands: working toward living rivers nourished by healthy watersheds for the social, economic, and environmental benefit of our communities.  It is dedicated to natural resource protection, conservation, and enhancement of the Los Angeles River.  Volunteers are needed to help with community events and internships are also available. 

Save Mount Diablo – Save Mount Diablo’s mission is to preserve Mount Diablo’s peaks, surrounding foothills and watersheds through land acquisition and preservation strategies designed to protect the mountain’s natural beauty, biological diversity and historic and agricultural heritage; enhance our area’s quality of life; and provide recreational opportunities consistent with protection of natural resources. The organization offers volunteer opportunities to help protect the natural lands on and around Mount Diablo.

TreePeopleTreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and nature-based solutions to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles, CA. Their work is about helping nature heal our cities. They offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, from planting and caring for trees to tree restoration to nature photography.

Soil Born Farms – Based in Sacramento, CA, Soil Born Farms is an urban agriculture and education project that focuses on promoting health and providing experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults, producing healthy food, improving access to healthy food for all and modeling land and environmental stewardship.  Volunteer opportunities include working to help maintain the farm, harvest the crops, and even get involved in a cooking education program.

Save The BaySave The Bay is an environmental organization based in San Francisco that is working to protect, restore and celebrate the San Francisco Bay and help people work together to make positive changes in their communities. The organization offers volunteer opportunities such as planting, wetland restoration and scientific monitoring.

Sacramento Valley Conservancy – The Sacramento Valley Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the beauty, character and diversity of the Sacramento Valley landscape by working with citizens, property owners, developers, public agencies and other nonprofit organizations. Volunteer opportunities include becoming a docent the their Deer Creek Hills Preserve, trail building and maintenance, and invasive species removal.

Anza-Borrego FoundationThe mission of the Anza-Borrego Foundation is to support and acquire land for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park as well as enhance education, interpretation, and research within the Park.  Volunteer opportunities include becoming a field program guide, park monitoring, invasive species removal, photography and more!

Earth Discovery Institute – Based in San Diego, CA, the mission of the Earth Discovery Institute is to conduct innovative, effective science education and conservation stewardship programs that are integrated with science-driven ecological conservation. Volunteers make valuable contributions to habitat improvement through their work in local community-based conservation crews.

Ojai Valley Land Conservancy – The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is a community-based organization working with partners to permanently protect the Ojai Valley for the benefit of current and future generations. Volunteer opportunities include trail maintenance, habitat monitoring, restoration of native habitat, becoming a docent, or helping with their eco-education program.

Conservation Alliance – The Conservation Alliance’s mission is to engage businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values.  The Alliance brings together employees from its member companies for environmental action, such as trail restoration, invasive species removal and planting native plants.  Contact the Alliance and get your company involved!

Organizations that offer additional opportunities to make a difference!

The California Nature Conservancy

Save Our Water

Cool California

SF Environment

Nature Rocks

National Wildlife Federation

Audubon Society

Children And Nature Network

American Forests

Discover The Forest

Point Blue

Nature Play And Learning Places

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