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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

jEAN reed

Docent

Jean’s love of nature comes from her passion for walking and cycling. While living in Japan, she often biked in the countryside, and after moving to the Bay Area she started up a weekly walking group. All the walking made Jean realize what a great area we live in – wonderful weather nearly year-round and lots of places to explore. Now that she’s retired and has time during the week, Jean enjoys getting outdoors more often. She feels there is so much to learn about nature and that volunteering with the Open Space Authority is a great way to do that.

 
 

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NATURE HIKES

Favorite Program

Coyote Valley

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.

Docents

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.

Volunteer Handbook

Point of Contact
Dana Litwin
Volunteer Programs Administrator
dlitwin@openspaceauthority.org
(408) 224-7476