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

American River Volunteer Equestrian Trail Patrol | Volunteer Mile Steward, Mile 3-North

The American River Volunteer Equestrian Trail Patrol (ARVETP) has been a long-time steward of the American River Parkway through the Parkway Foundation’s Volunteer Mile Steward program. This year, the ARVETP took over as volunteer stewards of Mile 3-North of the Parkway to perform much-needed river clean-ups and trail maintenance. Read on to learn more about the ARVETP!

Answers provided by Sue Fossum, ARVETP member and past ARPF board member.

Tell us briefly about your organization.
The American River Volunteer Equestrian Trail Patrol (ARVETP) was created in November of 1995 by an agreement between Sacramento County Regional Parks and the ARVETP. The goal is to use the skills of patrol members to assist with maintaining safe and secure park areas by being “eyes and ears” – thus discouraging criminal activities and reducing park facility abuse by providing security and safety to all park users.

What ARPF programs do you support?
The ARVETP has been a Mile Steward since at least 1998. Until 2017 trail patrol members have been responsible for Mile 10, but this last year chose to take on becoming the Mile Stewards for Mile 3N as this mile was identified as needing a lot of care. Members of the trail patrol have done multiple projects on the Parkway including trail maintenance and the installation of hitching posts. Members carry clippers with them when they ride so that wayward branches can be trimmed back to keep the trail clear for those who use the equestrian/hiking trail.

Describe your connection to the Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you, and why do you volunteer with the ARPF?
Being able to ride along the equestrian/hiking trail, meeting and talking with people you encounter, being a part of nature and also being a steward of all that the Parkway has to offer – is a treasure. Members of the ARVETP take their role seriously and are proud to be volunteer stewards of the Parkway.

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
ARVETP members get to not only ride their horses when on patrol (which is fabulous in itself!), but also get to meet and talk with many users of the Parkway, providing them with information about the trail and education on trail rules that keep all users safe.  Kids and adults alike love the opportunity to see horses up close.  Members also participate in trail cleanups and are involved in trail maintenance which includes opening up and clearing overgrown trails which is so important so that users can enjoy them.  Trail members encourage everyone to get out and enjoy and be stewards of the Parkway.

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
Trail members ride different parts of the Parkway and all have their favorites.  We have monthly rides to experience all the areas and trails.  Anytime being out on the trail, on your horse is a favorite memory and experience!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
We encourage all those who love to ride horses to be a part of our patrol. Click here to learn more!

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