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.

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!

Volunteer Waivers:

Youth Waiver of Liability

Sacramento Running Association | Financial Mile Steward, Mile 1-South, 7-South, and 20-South

This month, we’re pleased to recognize the Sacramento Running Association’s long-time support of the American River Parkway Foundation. The Sacramento Running Association (SRA) is a community-based non-profit that promotes the sport of running in the greater Sacramento area. The SRA spends over $1 million annually to manage events and programs to benefit local runners of all ages and abilities.

Since 2007, the SRA has donated $143,366.50 to the American River Parkway through the Parkway Foundation’s trail maintenance and Adopt-A-Mile programs. The SRA has also spent the last 4 years captaining a cleanup site at Sunrise Recreation Area for the Great American River Cleanup.

In addition to financial and volunteer support, the SRA has played a role in establishing and promoting the American River Parkway as a treasured training venue for Sacramento runners by developing running routes on the Parkway’s equestrian/hiking trails. Former SRA Executive Director and CIM Co-Founder John Mansoor was also instrumental in the development of the 2008 American River Parkway Plan, establishing the Parkway as a place for runners to enjoy alongside cyclists, equestrians, walkers, fishermen, kayakers and more.

SRA has garnered community support for the American River Parkway by encouraging runners to purchase Parks Passes, and by involving community partners such as Fleet Feet Sports in local events. The SRA’s new series of youth cross country meets, launched in 2017, showcases the Parkway and other parks throughout the region.

In 2016, the Sacramento Running Association and the American River Parkway Foundation launched Run the Parkway, the official training run of the California International Marathon, as an event for runners to give back to the American River Parkway. In its first year, the SRA donated $15,000 from Run the Parkway proceeds to benefit Parkway trails.

We hope you join us at Run the Parkway Sunday, November 5th as a runner or volunteer!

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