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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

Atul Chaudhari

Educational Docent

Atul has a wonderful Facebook Page called Travel Backyard, which is dedicated to encouraging local community groups to come out into the open space preserves all over the Bay Area. We are fortunate to have him as a volunteer because he is very passionate about nature and open space. His enthusiasm is infectious and he is a genuine pleasure to work with. He always brings an adventure and a smile and has a way of helping the most timid of visitors take part in a wonderful outdoor experience. Atul is also a gifted videographer and photographer. He has helped us with Healthy People, Healthy Parks programs by providing guest docents who offer Bollywood and Kathak dance lessons as a way of exercise in the outdoors. He finds fun ways to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Atul’s passion for wildlife has also grown to include his individual work toward the creation of fog harvesting watering sources for wildlife.


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Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve

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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.

Special Projects

Skills and Experience

Special project volunteers and Interns use their unique skills in customized roles to benefit the environment and engage the community.

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 Dana for more information.

Point of Contact
Dana Litwin
Volunteer Programs Administrator
(408) 224-7476