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!




Public Restoration and Trail Stewardship Events

Our volunteer opportunities will begin again in earnest in the Fall. In the meantime, stay COOL this Summer! 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
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Keep it Wild - Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Trail Stewardship
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Sunday, November 11, 2018 – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Sunday, December 9, 2018 – Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Nursery and Plant Care at Willow Staging Area, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Saturday, December 8, 2018

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:
Saturday, September 22, 2018