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!

Omega Nu Sorority | Volunteer Steward, Mile 19-North

This month, we’re pleased to highlight Omega Nu Sorority, volunteer stewards of Mile 19-North. Omega Nu started volunteering with the American River Parkway Foundation in 2000 and has carried on its legacy of stewardship for 18 years!

Tell us briefly about yourself (and/or organization) to the point that you’re comfortable.

Omega Nu Sorority was originally started at San Jose High School and currently has 12 chapters in Northern California. The Sacramento chapter (Kappa Tau) was founded in April 1905. We’ve transitioned from originally high school aged sisters to young adults. The main purpose is community engagement and philanthropy. Our chapter has 22 members. Pat Scharrer, longtime Parkway clean up participant was just awarded a lifetime members in Omega Nu after 30 years of service.

Describe your connection to the Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you (this is left intentionally vague)?
We have always felt a strong connection to the environment, and the river, and everything else associated with that. Many members bike and walk on the river. We greatly enjoy going to the Parkway, so even though some of us do not live close by we feel called to keep it clean for people to enjoy year-round.

What initially drew you to ARPF? Why have you continued volunteering?
We strive to have hands-on work in addition to our fundraisers and other passive engagements. Diane Heinzer attended the Great American River Clean Up in 2000 and went back immediately to propose the Adopt-A-Mile Program to Omega Nu. We thought it a great idea and have been stewards of our current mile since.

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
Every time we are out, we have people thanking us and asking about us. People who use the Parkway appreciate what we are doing, and that’s why we’ve continued for nearly two decades.

Last year, ARPF brought in a guest speaker, a young man who runs a clean-up program on the Mississippi River*. He spoke about his work and showed a film documenting the work on the Mississippi. He encouraged ARPF Mile Stewards. I especially enjoyed this.

*Chad Pregracke, Living Lands and Waters

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
Absolutely I would encourage others to volunteer with ARPF. We do clean ups, but ARPF has so many great programs, like planting plants and pulling weeds, that I think are wonderful.

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