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, March 27, 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Keep it Wild - Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Trail Stewardship
Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Willow Staging Area
Saturday, March 23, 2019 – Alta Laguna, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Sunday, April 14, 2019 – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Saturday, May 18, 2019 – Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Sunday, June 9, 2019 – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Saturday, June 22, 2019 – Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Keep It Wild: Nursery and Plant Care at Willow Staging Area, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 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: check back soon