Ok, so you wanna give back or just build your resume/look good on a college application. Regardless, volunteering in the great outdoors is not only simple but it’s needed. With recent federal budget cuts that directly impact our national parks, giving freely of your time has never been more important. Not to mention, if you’re an outdoor junkie then it’s basically your ethical responsibility to give back to the lakes, mountains, and oceans that offer you bountiful recreation and joy. But how do you go about becoming a Volunteer Superhero you may wonder? Never fear, for we’ve put together a superhero pamphlet just for you.
Join the Club…The Sierra Club, That Is
Volunteer Vacations are a staple of the Sierra Club and a great way for you to travel, get outside, and make a difference. National and International vacations exist where you can participate in a variety of outdoor adventures, including backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, snow-shoeing, and even dog-sledding!
Nerd-Out Naturally with the Nature Conservancy
This excellent resource services over 35 countries and works just as hard to help the environment here in the USA. Lending your time to the Nature Conservancy will get you outdoors, help you track your volunteer hours, and give you a variety of ways that you can give back.
Do Some Grunt Work
Getting dirty never felt so good! Trail Restoration is an awesome way to do your part for the outdoors, not to mention you’ll get in a great workout. Hiking trails not only benefits we human folk by giving us hours of scenic recreation but it also benefits plant and wildlife by ensuring that the areas surrounding the trails aren’t trampled on or degraded. Check with your county or city Parks and Recreations office to find out how you can help.
Parks, Glorious Parks!
City, State, and National Parks all need our financial support. But if you’re low on cash, taking a day or two for volunteering can be just as good, if not better. Merely visit the webpage of a park in your area and find out how you can lend a hand. If you can’t find a link, then give them a call.
Find Your Passion at VolunteerMatch
This wonderful website is an excellent resource and place to start for all of your volunteering needs. You can type in specific locations and keywords to assist you with your search. This is essentially an online hub that connects Non-profits looking for volunteers with people who are ready and willing to lend a hand.
Now that you’re equipped with the basic knowledge for finding the outdoor volunteer position of your dreams, put in the leg-work , get out, and give back!