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!

Congregation B’nai Israel | Volunteer Steward, Mile 17-North

Meet Congregation B’nai Israel, volunteer mile steward of Mile 17-North. Since 2004, Congregation B’nai Israel has cared for their mile with more than 1,000 volunteer hours. Read a snippet from our interview with representative Todd Mendell, or click the “Read More” button for the full article.

Congregation B’nai Israel and the American River Parkway

By Todd Mendell

Congregation B’nai Israel is a Reform Synagogue on Riverside Boulevard in Sacramento.  We have been around since 1849, and we lay claim to be the oldest Synagogue west of the Mississippi River.

Basic to Reform Judaism is the concept of “Tikkun Olam” – Repairing the Earth.  It is a belief that we have an obligation to leave our planet in better shape than we found it.  It is with that belief that we decided to adopt a mile (Mile 17) along the American River Parkway in July, 2004.  We chose the Parkway because many of our congregants were familiar with it and using it.  Since then, enthusiastic congregants meet in the spirit of Tikkun Olam to enjoy nature while nurturing an important community ecological resource.

Stewardship enables one to really get to know a mile of the parkway.  Our area is known as Rossmoor Bar, a meandering reach of the river in Rancho Cordova.  There are several interesting trails near the river itself, which are in contrast to the wide expanses that are reached by two separate entrances to the parkway.  There is a wide diversity of plant and animal life that occupy the parkway.  There have been frequent sightings of eagles, hawks, deer, and even an occasional coyote. One of the most frequent comments we get is how different our mile looks as the seasons change.

We hold cleanups about 8 to 10 times a year, and have had a variety of individuals come out to help.  While a lot of retired folks have become our “regulars”, we also find that this is an attractive activity for high school students to gain community service hours.  We also accommodate day campers and youth groups looking to perform a needed service.  Our mile has proven a popular way to enjoy nature and give back to the community.

We’ve been volunteering on the parkway for over 14 years.  It’s been a gratifying experience, and I think most of us get much more out of it than we give.  If you belong to an organization that is looking for a way to give back to the community, you should certainly give the American River Parkway a try!

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