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Protecting the Environment

American River Parkway Foundation

Description: ARPF supports the preservation, protection, enhancement and appreciation of the American River Parkway through environmental stewardship and volunteer programs.

Volunteer Opportunities: River clean-ups, removing invasive plants, Oak Grove maintenance and special events

  • Min Age: all ages, 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Contact Person: Meghan Kane
  • Email:        
  • Phone: 916-486-2773
  • Address: 5700 Arden Way, Carmichael, CA 95608
  • Website:
  • Social Media: Facebook
  • Prerequisite: Must have a signed liability waiver

Breathe CA of Sacramento

Description: Works towards cleaning the air through a variety of local clean air programs, and supports organizations that are also working to improve air quality in our communities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Become a member of the Youth Advisory Board, See movies for free and help counter the glamorization of tobacco in film by participating in our Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down! Project, Conduct the A.I.R. Project on your school campus

  • Min. Age: 14
  • Contact: Raquel Lopez
  • Email:
  • Phone: (916) 444-5900 ext. 208
  • Address: 909 12th Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • Website:
  • Prerequisites: Fill out application

Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Description: Dedicated to creating a greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural resources in the Sacramento region.

Volunteer Opportunities: Animal Care Assistant, Nature Day Camps (no longer called “Vacation Day Camps,”), and Special Events

  • Min Age: 14
  • Contact Person: Jamie Washington, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Email:
  • Phone: (916) 489-4918
  • Address: located in Ancil Hoffman Park, Carmichael, CA 95609
  • Website:
  • Social Media: Facebook
  • Prerequisite: Must attend a volunteer orientation. Training may be included depending on task.

Keep California Beautiful

Description: Its mission is to ignite individual, community and corporate responsibility and pride through active resource conservation and waste minimization to enhance California's beauty for generations to come.

Volunteer Opportunities: Highway pickup, park beautification and recycling programs

Sacramento Area Community Garden Coalition

Description of Organization: Provides community gardening and community greening projects.

Volunteer Opportunities: Weeding, garden maintenance and other projects as they are available

Sacramento Tree Foundation

Description:  The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to grow healthy, livable communities in the Sacramento region by building the best regional urban forest in the nation. We are leading the effort to plant 5 million trees in the Sacramento region. We do this by encouraging people to plant, volunteer and learn about trees. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Tree planting, tree care, and internships

Tree Davis

Description: The mission of Tree Davis is to expand and enhance the urban forest of Davis by teaching our community to plant and care for trees. 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Tree planting, tree care, tree monitoring.  Check out other opportunities under “volunteer” at