volunteers on a grassy hillside


Each year, nearly 1,000 Midpen and partner volunteers contribute over 20,000 hours preserving, protecting, and promoting open space lands by participating in a variety of ways such as educating and inspiring visitors, maintaining trails and removing invasive, non-native vegetation. We believe in a holistic approach to volunteerism and view our programs as a mechanism to build resilient and cohesive communities by fostering synergy between people and nature. We all share the responsibility of looking after the health of the planet. How will you help? 

Volunteer programs at Midpen vary from one day, hands-on stewardship projects ideal for busy people looking for brief, but meaningful ways to get involved, to long-term commitments for individuals interested in developing a deeper connection to Midpen’s mission of land preservation and ecologically sensitive public enjoyment.  

Interpretation & Education Programs 

Midpen docents are long-term volunteers who engage directly with the public. They educate and inspire through interpretive hikes and rides on the trails, hosting visitors on weekends at a scenic nature center, and conducting field trips for elementary school students. Find out more about volunteering as a docent in our Interpretation & Education Programs.  

Trails & Stewardship Programs 

When you volunteer through our Trails & Stewardship Programs, your efforts contribute to meaningful projects that are part of Midpen’s larger strategic goals. Volunteers in these programs deliver hands on restoration, assist visitors along the trails, respond to field staff needs, contribute to community science, and increase community awareness through both short- and long-term programs. 

Current Volunteers and Docents

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