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.

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!

Annie Drinkwater-Wright | Volunteer Mile Steward, Mile 4-South

Annie w/ a kitten rescued from her mile.

Tell us briefly about yourself.
I’ve lived in Sacramento for about 12 years. My husband and I are pretty active people and love the outdoors.

Describe your connection to the American River Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you?
The Parkway is my family’s favorite place that we enjoy together on a daily basis; my husband and I take our dog out swimming at Sutter’s Landing sometimes twice a day; on the weekends we paddle at various locations on the American River; and I have my various routes I like to run on – the Parkway is great for marathon training and a convenient outlet to stay outdoorsy!

What initially drew you to ARPF? Why have you continued volunteering?
I’ve volunteered for the Parkway (officially and unofficially) for about 5 years now. I started off by participating with my previous company’s adopt-a-mile program. Once my husband and I started going to Sutter’s Landing on a daily basis with our dog, we would pick up the trash that beach-goers and campers left behind on a nightly basis and eventually reached out to the Parkway Foundation about adopting a mile and now encourage our friends to get involved with group clean-ups to spread the awareness.

I always mention to people the videos you see online about whales dying from consuming too much plastic or sea life getting trapped in waste – well we can stop a small portion of [sea pollution] and clean up our community. You can tell yourself that you are truly doing something to stop those videos from being made in the first place.

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
Our favorite part of the Sacramento area is the Parkway and we care so much about it that I’ve recently committed my company PRO Unlimited, Inc. to adopt a mile as well; PRO was immediately on board as several employees enjoy the Parkway whether they cycle, run or paddle, it means a great deal to many of us here at PRO!

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
I was amazed by the group clean-up event we recently held. Friends of friends came to help and loved the cause. It’s nice to see strangers come together and actually [take action] for something they feel strongly for.

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