Volunteer with Laguna Canyon Foundation!


Interested in protecting what you love? Join Laguna Canyon Foundation’s fun band of volunteers.

Throughout the South Coast Wilderness, our volunteers help us #KeepItWild and support OC Parks staff with a variety of functions:
  • Backcountry Patrol (hiking or biking)
    • After specialized training, volunteers patrol the backcountry on bikes or foot to support the OCParks staff.
  • Restoration and Stewardship
    • Work side-by-side with OC Parks Rangers and Laguna Canyon Foundation staff to remove invasive species, plant new plants, brush “social” (illegal) trails, and maintain existing trails.
      • Trail maintenance
      • Habitat restoration
  • Wilderness Access Volunteers (WAV)
    • Whether indoors at the Nix Nature Center or at staging areas and trailheads around the park, our trained volunteers "WAV" and greet park guests to:
      • Suggest an appropriate trail
      • Share a map
      • Provide water
      • Explain which trails are for biking, hiking, and which trails allow dogs
      • Provide general assistance
  • Native Plant Nursery
    • In our Willow plant nursery, our volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, sterilize plant containers and equipment and/or help maintain the facilities.
  • Wildlife Camera Project
    • Volunteers assist the wildlife camera team to collect images from park cameras and sort and catalog digital photos.
  • “Sweeping” on Naturalist-led hikes
    • Support volunteer leaders on hikes, rides and interpretive events by “sweeping” (bringing up the rear) and helping with paperwork.
  • Office work, special events and much more!


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Public Restoration and Trail Stewardship Events

Because these events are “short-term” (i.e. sign up for one event at a time) volunteer opportunities, there is no formal training needed. Please click on the date links below to get a full description of these fun events, and #KeepItWild!

Keep it Wild - Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Saturday, March, 2, 2019
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Keep it Wild - Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Trail Stewardship
Sunday, November 11, 2018 – Willow Staging Area work on Lizard Trail
Sunday, December 9, 2018 – Del Mar/Balboa Streets work on Mentally Sensitive Trail
Sunday, January 13, 2019 – Willow Staging Area work on Lizard Trail
Saturday, January 26, 2019 – Aliso and Woods Ranger Station work on Coyote Run Trail
Sunday, February 10, 2019 – Willow Staging Area work on Camarillo Canyon Trail
Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Canyon Vistas work on Rock-It Trail
Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Willow Staging Area work on Laguna Ridge Trail
Saturday, March 23, 2019 – Alta Laguna work on Mathis/Car Wreck Trails

Nursery and Plant Care at Willow Staging Area, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019

Volunteer Certification

Certified volunteers go through an orientation, are mentored/trained, commit to a background check and CPR training (which we provide at no cost), and serve a minimum amount of hours per month. Volunteer hours are tracked though an online program and volunteers agree to log their hours.

Certified volunteers wear uniforms and name badges (which we provide) and support policies and requirements of Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks.

If you’d like to become a certified volunteer, please complete the online interest form and register for one of our upcoming Volunteer Orientations.

Online Interest Form


Upcoming Volunteer Orientations:
No orientations currently scheduled. Please check back soon!