The power of service in action
Our vibrant community of Pepperwood volunteers supports our programs and makes Pepperwood thrive. Volunteers enjoy access to the preserve and its natural resources. Our programs connect both youth and adults to nature in a variety of ways. Opportunities to get involved range from digging in at our monthly Volunteer Workdays, conducting field research and contributing data to our Citizen Science projects, helping out at our community events, to ongoing support of our education and conservation efforts as a dedicated and trained California Naturalist and .
If you have a passion for land management, science or sharing our knowledge of the natural world with public, there is a place for you.
Click here to contact us about volunteer opportunities.
Volunteers are needed to assist with various outdoor projects related to the ecological restoration and management of the preserve. Projects may include invasive species removal, native seed collection, plant propagation, trail maintenance, building infrastructure and habitat restoration.
Land Management Workdays & Garden Club
Our seasonal land management workdays and garden club are opportunities to work with a smaller group in specific, sometimes more labor-intensive project needs.
Volunteers contribute to many research projects under the umbrella of our Sentinel Site which serves as a cohesive conservation model integrating climatic, abiotic, and biological monitoring projects that directly inform our land management practices and objectives. Nearly all of our projects involve citizen scientist support – including our wildlife camera studies, grassland monitoring, phenology studies, and herbarium collection.
Pepperwood Stewards are highly-trained volunteers who make a minimum two-year commitment to service at Pepperwood. Stewards have the opportunity to contribute to our education, research and restoration projects, and partner with Pepperwood’s network of scientists and conservation planners.
The first step to becoming a Steward is to enroll in the California Naturalist Program at Santa Rosa Junior College. Completion of this course enables certification as a UC California Naturalist. If you share our passion for the environment and are willing to make a long-term commitment to supporting our research and education programs, consider becoming a Pepperwood Steward! Click here to request more information.
TeenNat Internship Program
Youth aged 13-18 can apply for Pepperwood’s TeenNat program, which involves a 5 week summer internship that empowers teens to conduct real research at our preserve, while learning about the natural world and careers in the sciences. Click here to learn more about the TeenNat program.