Volunteer with Laguna Canyon Foundation!


Interested in protecting what you love? Then 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:
  • 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.
  • Backcountry patrol (hiking or biking)
    • After specialized training, volunteers patrol the backcountry on bikes or foot to support the OCParks staff.
  • Wildlife Camera Project
    • Volunteers assist 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.
  • Trail maintenance
    • Keep it Wild (third Saturday of each month from October to June)
      • 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.
    • Select restoration projects
  • Office work, special events and much more!


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Temporary Volunteers

Because temporary volunteers are “short-term” (i.e. sign up for one event at a time), 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
Third Saturday, October through June

Keep it Wild - Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Third Saturday, October through June

Nursery Plant Propagation and Care Day
No currently scheduled events

Trail Stewardship
No currently scheduled events

Certified Volunteers

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:
  • September 17, 2017 - Register here