The power of service in action

Volunteer---Demo-Garden-(Michelle-Halbur)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 include digging in at our monthly Volunteer Workdays, conducting field research and contributing data to our Community Science projects, helping out with our community events,  and supporting our ongoing education and conservation efforts as a dedicated and trained California Naturalist and Pepperwood Steward.

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 general volunteer opportunities.

Click here if you would like to share your information with us regarding your volunteer skills, interests, and availability.

Click here to sign up for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Community Volunteer Workdays

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.

Click here to sign up for a Volunteer Workday Shift.

Native Plant Garden Volunteer Workday

Science tells us that exposure to microbes in soil make you happier!  Come out for a morning of sunshine and bird songs while learning about native plants by joining our Native Plant Garden Volunteer Workday also known as “Garden Club.”  Meeting on alternate Friday mornings through the season, our native plant garden needs loving attention in order to continue to beautify throughout the season.

Click here to sign up for a Native Plant Garden Volunteer Shift.

Community Science

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 community scientist support – including our wildlife camera studies, grassland monitoring, phenology studies, and herbarium collection.

Steward Program

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 offered at Pepperwood. Click here to register now for the Fall 2019 course. 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.