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Have fun outdoors while giving back

Our Volunteers Are Making a Difference for the Planet

Here's why you'll love being a volunteer:

Build meaningful connections with visitors and nature

Help make Santa
Clara Valley a better place

Protect and restore natural lands for future generations to enjoy

Volunteer of the Month


Community Outreach, Trail Patrol, Docent


Ric knew he wanted to give back to the community when he retired in 2005, so he started volunteering with two organizations that he knew about then, Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC) and Habitat for Humanity. A few years later, Ric discovered the Open Space Authority, and he became committed to the mission to keep open spaces open and available to the public. Since Ric began volunteering with the Open Space Authority in 2013, he has tried to be involved with all the Authority volunteer programs! As a triple-threat volunteer, he participates in Trail Patrol, Community Outreach, and as a Docent. Ric’s hobbies include hiking, biking, photography, and learning about science


Year of volunteering
with us

Special public-access preserve days

Favorite Program

Coyote Ridge

Favorite Open Space Preserve

Volunteer Opportunities

As a volunteer for the Open Space Authority, you will help preserve and protect valuable natural resources for yourself and future generations. At the same time, you’ll get a chance to learn about the environment, meet interesting people, work hard, and have fun. Learn more about volunteer roles.

Trail Patrol

Enjoy and Protect

Trail Patrol team members are agency ambassadors and information resources for visitors, and commit to patrolling the Authority’s open space preserves a minimum of once a month, on foot, bicycle or horseback.

Community Outreach

Fun and Fairs

Community Outreach Volunteers represent the Authority at community festivals, nature or science themed fairs, and other public events.

Land Stewards

Restore and Preserve

 Land Steward volunteers assist Authority staff with trail maintenance, habitat restoration, fencing and cleanup projects.


Educate and Inspire

Docents share information about nature and the Authority's mission and work, leading groups on fun, educational programs and activities.


Learn and Manage

Trail Masters is a fun, hands-on, skills-based program designed to train volunteers to complete trail maintenance and field work alongside Authority staff 

Trail Patrol, Docent, and Community Outreach roles are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Youth aged 14-17 are welcome in the Land Stewards Program or for Internship and Special Projects with parental consent. Contact Gavin for more information.

Volunteer Handbook

Point of Contact
Volunteer Programs Administrator
(408) 224-7476 ext. 517