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/home_volunteer.htm
Marin County Open Space District http://www.ca.marin.ca.us/depts/PK/Main/mcosd/os_volunteer.asp
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/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
• Community Impact http://www.communityimpact.org/
• Volunteering at Henry W. Coe State Park http://www.coepark.org/volprogram.html
Henry W. Coe Springs Maintenance Committee http://www.wlevey.com/coepark/
Greenbelt Alliance http://www.greenbelt.org/getinvolved/volunteer.html
Trailworkers (Santa Cruz County) http://www.trailworkers.com
Heart of the Mountain (San Bruno Mountain Volunteers) http://www.heartofthemountain.com
Restoration and Ecosystem Management Crew http://geocities.com/restorationvolunteers/
Mount Tamalpais Interpretive Association http://www.mttam.net/Default.aspx?tabid=854
Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue (YUWR) Shelter http://www.yuwr.org/index.html
Volunteers for Outdoor California http://v-o-cal.org/
Friends of Edgewood http://www.friendsofedgewood.org/get-involved
San Mateo County Parks http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/site/parks (click volunteers)
Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit http://www.bamru.org/
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society http://www.scvas.org/index.php?page=text&id=getinvolved




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