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.

Links:
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District http://www.openspace.org/volunteer/
Point Reyes National Seashore Volunteers in Parks http://www.nps.gov/pore/supportyourpark/volunteer.htm
Marin County Open Space District http://www.marincountyparks.org/depts/pk/programs/volunteer
California State Parks Foundation http://www.calparks.org/help/park-champions/
• Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks http://www.huddartwunderlichfriends.org/
Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Association http://www.scmta-trails.org
• GGNRA http://www.nps.gov/goga/supportyourpark/volunteer.htm
San Bruno Mountain Watch www.mountainwatch.org
State Parks http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=886
East Bay Regional Parks http://www.ebparks.org/about/getinvolved/volunteer
Santa Clara County Parks http://www.sccgov.org/portal/site/parks/ (click on volunteer opportunities)
• Trail Center http://www.trailcenter.org/volunteer.htm
Greenbelt Alliance http://www.greenbelt.org/advocacy/volunteer/
Mount Tamalpais Interpretive Association http://www.friendsofmttam.org/be-a-friend/volunteer.html
Volunteers for Outdoor California http://v-o-cal.org/
Friends of Edgewood http://www.friendsofedgewood.org/get-involved
San Mateo County Parks http://parks.smcgov.org/volunteers
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society http://www.scvas.org/index.php?page=text&id=getinvolved
Save Mount Diablo http://www.savemountdiablo.org/how_volunteer.html



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