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 to set up an event: 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.

Volunteer Links & Forms
Volunteer Interest Form: Interested in volunteering at ARPF? Follow the link to let us know!
Volunteer Reporting: ARPF volunteers can report hours online using this link. Thanks for your volunteer service!
Adult Volunteer Waiver PDF
Youth Volunteer Waiver PDF

Keith Coolidge | ARPF Board of Directors

Meet Keith Coolidge, longtime member of the American River Parkway Foundation’s Board of Directors and Marketing/Development Committee. Keith joined our board in 2011, and has been actively involved ever since! Read on to learn more about Keith.

Tell us briefly about yourself.
I came to Sacramento in 2003 after earlier careers as a newspaper executive at papers in New York, North Carolina, and Southern California, and later as a local government executive in Orange County. For the past 15 years I have been working to balance water supply and environmental issues in the Delta region, now with the Delta Stewardship Council.

What ARPF volunteer activities/programs do you support?
I am at the end of my eighth year on the Parkway Foundation Board and as a member of its marketing committee. I participate in river cleanups (still amazed and distressed by the amount of trash that accumulates!) and contribute each year to the Foundation, and to Summer Solstice on the Parkway.

Describe your connection to the Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you?
I first learned about the Parkway when I would travel to Sacramento on business. Running the trails or bike path was a great way to recover between long days in the Capitol. Now I live next to the Parkway and have come to appreciate all of the recreational and educational opportunities it represents.

What initially drew you to ARPF? Why have you continued volunteering?
My first experience with ARPF was through an invitation to the opening of the Streng Volunteer Center in 2007. I was impressed by the dedication and diversity of the volunteers and the commitment of the Board and staff. Since then, as government funding has dwindled, the operational and funding support provided by ARPF and its army of volunteers has become so much more important to maintaining the overall health of the Parkway.

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
Volunteering for the Parkway Foundation is a great way help sustain a community resource and environmental treasure. The great people you meet are an added bonus!

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
Biking home by the light of a harvest moon after misjudging how long daylight would last; a deer that toyed with a struggling runner on the horse trail, dashing ahead, then turning around and waiting for me to come catch up, then dashing off again.

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