Did you know that there’s a drop-in volunteer program in Yosemite? If you’re going to be in the park for a few days, consider spending a morning doing some volunteer work. From the NPS Yosemite website:
“Drop-In Volunteer Program” Provides Hands-on Experience Working in Park
Yosemite National Park is seeking help from the interested people to assist in preserving, restoring, and enjoying Yosemite Valley. Experienced work leaders will guide each day’s group and explore some of the park’s most precious resources in Yosemite Valley. No experience is required and all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the program.
Every Wednesday morning, now through Labor Day, September 1, 2014, volunteers are invited to meet park staff in front of the Valley Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. The program lasts from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should be prepared wearing long pants, closed-toe shoes, long sleeves, snacks, water, and sunscreen. Gloves, tools, safety gear, and extra water will be provided.
There is no pre-registration required for individuals, but groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call in advance to reserve their spot. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Upon registration, volunteers will be asked to fill out a Volunteer Service Agreement.
This is the 9th year of Yosemite’s drop-in volunteer program. Current volunteer projects include removing invasive plant species from meadows and surrounding areas, collecting seeds for rehabilitation projects, and planting seedlings to support sensitive plant communities like the California Black Oak trees (Quercus Kelloggi) in historic locations. This program provides visitors and local residents with the opportunity to work on important projects that protect park habitat, improve park appearance, and enhance the overall visitor experience.
Volunteers wishing to participate in this drop-in volunteer program should visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hapy.htm or call the Yosemite Volunteer Office at (209) 379-1850.