Photo from a wildflower seed collection project at Russian RidgeVolunteer Opportunities

Volunteering has so much going for it. You get to give your time to organizations that are usually under-funded, under-staffed and over-worked, and you get to spend time outdoors learning cool stuff with neat people. To boot, you will probably sleep like a rock the night after your volunteer effort (I'm down for the count at 9:30 pm).
        Check out these links to organizations with frequent volunteer days.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Point Reyes National Seashore Volunteers in Parks
Marin County Open Space District
California State Parks Foundation
• Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks
Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Association
San Bruno Mountain Watch
State Parks
East Bay Regional Parks
Santa Clara County Parks (click on volunteer opportunities)
• Trail Center
Greenbelt Alliance
Mount Tamalpais Interpretive Association
Volunteers for Outdoor California
Friends of Edgewood
San Mateo County Parks
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
Save Mount Diablo

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