Volunteer

The American River Parkway Foundation enlists the assistance of thousands of volunteers each year. These volunteers play a vital role in the conservation of the American River Parkway. Throughout the year, volunteer opportunities exist through River Clean Ups, Invasive Plant Removal, Trail Maintenance, Habitat Restoration and all of our many programs and events. Below are just a few ways you can become involved.

Youth Volunteers:
Youth volunteers are welcome at most ARPF volunteer events. Any minor younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult AND must have a youth liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian on file with ARPF. Minors age 16 and 17 can attend volunteer events unaccompanied, but must have a youth liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian on file with ARPF.
Youth Waiver of Liability

Volunteer Opportunities

Clean Ups
Join us for the Great American River Clean Up in September, Spring Clean Up in April, or any of our monthly River Clean Ups throughout the year. Help remove unwanted debris and waste from the Parkway and River.
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Sustainable Saturdays
Want to get started right away? Looking to fulfill school community service requirements? Sustainable Saturdays and our other, open volunteer days are great one-time volunteer opportunities.
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Invasive Plant Patrol
Invasive plant patrol volunteers work in various habitats throughout the Parkway to remove non-native species, including red sesbania, yellow star thistle, Spanish broom, and more, that inhibit native vegetation and wildlife.
Join a group of adventurous volunteers who help remove tens of thousands of invasive plants each year!
Email our volunteer coordinator for more information at: volunteer@arpf.org

Mile Stewards
An integral part of the health of the Parkway is the Adopt-A-Mile program.
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Special Events Volunteer
Each of the Parkway Foundation’s staple events has plenty of volunteer needs.
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Internships
The Parkway Foundation offers seasonal, unpaid internships supporting ARPF staff across various programs that offer hands-on experience in the environmental science field. Previous interns have worked with Invasive Plant Management, Wildfire Restoration, GIS Mapping and more.
Email our volunteer coordinator for more information at: volunteer@arpf.org

Corporate Volunteering
The Parkway Foundation regularly works with businesses to put on volunteer events across various programs. These are great team-building opportunities!
Email our volunteer coordinator for more information at: volunteer@arpf.org

Administrative Assistance/Native Plant Garden
The Parkway Foundation also has year-round opportunities for volunteers to help in the office and in the 1-acre Native Plant Garden at the office.
For more information, please email volunteer@arpf.org or fill out the Volunteer Interest Form below.

Interested in volunteering at ARPF? Follow this link to let us know!

ARPF volunteers can report hours online using this link. Thanks for your volunteer service!

Brendan Cabe | ARPF Intern

This month, we’re pleased to highlight ARPF intern Brendan Cabe! Brendan joined our intern crew in October of 2017, and has put in more than 160 hours in just 9 months. Brendan assists in leading volunteer groups and spends time on the Parkway working on trail maintenance, invasive plant removal and more.

Tell us briefly about yourself.
I was born and raised in Sacramento, and after leaving for a few years to live in Santa Barbara I returned to finish a degree in geography at Sac State. I loved growing up here and a big part of that was, of course, the American River. I spent many of my formative years (aren’t they all?) rafting and biking and trekking with friends along the Parkway. I’ve always had a great appreciation for the natural world, and I try to constantly learn more about what’s around me, but I keep it fun. When friends and I go down the river we like to have an ice cold beverage, look at the stratigraphy and wildlife, and have some laughs watching folks get wild during the summer months.

What ARPF volunteer activities/programs do you support?
I’ve mostly been working on or learning about invasive plant management, trail maintenance, burn site restoration, oak woodland restoration, and the native plant garden.

Describe your connection to the Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you?
The Parkway is our 4,800-acre communal backyard. It’s frequently what comes to mind when I think of growing up here, and it continues to be something my life revolves around. I went to Rio Americano High School, and now my current school is next to the American, too, and to top it off I put most of my leisure time into the Parkway. I think that speaks for itself. The immense value of the Parkway as both a resource and a part of who I am is undeniable.

What initially drew you to ARPF? Why have you continued volunteering?
I had just moved back here and was looking for something productive to fill my free time, and when I discovered ARPF as an option it just made sense. I keep coming back because I want to give back to the Parkway, after it has offered me so much, for so long.  I also find myself inspired by the good folks who I meet through the Parkway.  Even when I see a patch of invasive Red Sesbania growing out of control, I also know there are people out there who will rip it out with a smile. It’s also just nice to be outside enjoying a beautiful area and get some work done also.

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
Working with ARPF has been a blast, and very enlightening as well. There’s so much I didn’t know, and took for granted, about how the Parkway is managed and how I can help. I actively encourage everyone to volunteer; it’s a worthy cause, and generally a lot of fun!

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
I saw a bald eagle twice in a week! That was very exciting, considering they don’t often fly downstream so far, and I didn’t know they were in this area at all. All my time working with ARPF has been positive, but I have the best time when I’m out working with a big group and get to witness other people getting excited about the Parkway.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Please enjoy responsibly.

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