Too busy to pack your gear? No worries. You’ll have the option to have everything ready when you arrive.
It’s more than volunteering, it’s a vacation too! Culinary treats, wine pairing, photography, nature walks, all to help you savor the Yosemite experience.
This is like no other experience. You will come for a volunteer weekend, but leave the legacy of a lifetime.
Taking a Sequoia volunteer vacation is truly one of the most memorable experiences you can have. While a majority of organizations focus solely on volunteering, our award-winning program places equal emphasis on the vacationing aspect of your volunteer vacation. Our greatest desire is to provide you with a well-rounded and fulfilling experience as you leave your personal legacy in this spectacular natural wonder.
For over 30 years, Nature Corps has designed volunteer vacations with you in mind. We make all the arrangements so that you don’t have to. Our goal is to provide you with a “glamping” volunteer vacation that will leave you with new friends and a lifetime of cherished memories of this multi-faceted Sequoia vacation.
Our all-inclusive voluntours give you the opportunity to go behind the scenes with park staff to help preserve Sequoia’s fragile ecosystems. You will meet quality people, who like you, are eager to leave their personal legacies in this world-renowned natural treasures. Led by Nature Corps staff, these professionally guided voluntours help the National Park Service achieve critical conservation projects that are too large to complete without volunteer support.
Approximately half of the voluntour is devoted to preserving these national treasures, while the rest of the expedition is set aside for enjoying the park. Our experienced naturalists will lead you on a variety of recreational activities including photography/nature walks, fishing, strolling on moonlight walks though the Giant Forest, exploring the caverns in Crystal Cave, visiting picturesque meadows or picnicking alongside a stunning glacial lake in the High Sierra. After a full day of exploring the great outdoors, you will enjoy cooking demonstrations and wine pairings as you prepare to satisfy your appetite on the savory aromas and hearty dishes prepared by our talented chefs. These exciting voluntours can be part of a rewarding experience that will provide family and friends with a lifetime of cherished memories.
Sequoia faces a multi-million dollar backlog of important conservation projects. To address this critical issue, the National Park Service turns to agencies such as Nature Corps to recruit and organize volunteer groups to tackle the most urgent projects. Your participation will help the National Park Service achieve critical conservation projects that are too large to complete without volunteer support.
Currently, Nature Corps has teamed up with the Park Service to rehabilitate Sequoia’s beautiful sequoia groves. Giant Sequoias have a root ball that extends over two acres, yet its roots are only 3-4 feet below the surface. Because of the impact resulting from the foot traffic of over one million visitors per year, it is critical that these ancient trees and their surrounding habitat are protected. Through our Sequoia voluntours, you will have a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and work alongside park biologists to preserve these world-renown ecosystems. Your involvement is vital to the protection of the region’s wildlife and to the preservation of this iconic national park. Join us today!
Program contributions include park entrance fees, camping fees, all meals, the chefs, cooking demonstrations and wine pairings, guides, photography nature walk, and Nature Corps t-shirt and water bottle. Your contributions are tax-deductible and the proceeds support our low-income student volunteers.
(without employer matching gift)
(with 3 or more people) Families are welcome.
*registration fees do not include transportation to or in the park
*for company match registration must be paid in full, refund will be issued once Nature Corps receives confirmation email
*A Welcome Packet with voluntour information will be sent in a confirmation email after you’ve registered.
Your excursion begins at our secluded base camp in the heart of Sequoia National Park. After settling in, we will enjoy a festive dinner and meet with park staff for an overview of our upcoming adventure in Sequoia. Afterwards, we will hike into the world-renowned Giant Forest to get an incredible view of the General Sherman sequoia, the largest living tree on earth. This great tree is now estimated to be around 2300 years old and still "growing like a teenager". It is 275 feet tall and is 36 feet in diameter at the base. After our hike, we'll gather around the evening campfire to savor one of our chef's delectable desserts.
After waking up to the savory aromas of a hearty breakfast, we will prepare for our day in the field. Once we arrive at the project site, park biologists will provide further information and direct us on this important conservation effort to restore Sequoia's rare and unique ecosystems. The project will wrap up by mid-afternoon at which time we will head back to camp. A hearty BBQ dinner will be awaiting us as we dine surrounded by Sequoia's magnificent wilderness. After dinner we'll ascend Moro Rock to view a spectacular sunset as the flash of alpine glow brings the Great Western Divide into contrast with Sequoia's expansive star-studded sky.
Today we will continue working on our project until noon. After work we will enjoy an easy 1.5 mile hike to beautiful Tokopah Falls. Tokopah Falls is one of the highlights to see in Sequoia National Park, a beautiful 1200 ft. high cascade along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River. After dinner we will explore Round Meadow, where bears, deer, and other wildlife can often be sighted.
This morning we will ascend Little Baldy. It is an easy trek to the summit of an enormous granite dome that provides sweeping 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains. From there we will continue north to Redwood Canyon, where one of the park's largest sequoia groves is secluded in this remote canyon. As lunch approaches we head to picturesque Hume Lake where we will enjoy a picnic by the lake. The lake provides opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing or relaxing with a good book on the beach at Sandy Cove. The rest of the afternoon you are free to visit park museums, shop or head back to camp for a nice afternoon nap. That evening we'll enjoy a celebratory banquet as part of our Farewell Ceremony.
After breakfast we will break camp and head out to photograph spectacular Crescent Meadow. John Muir referred to Crescent Meadow as "the most beautiful meadow in the Sierra Nevada" -- and he is right! This stunning meadow is one of the few places on earth where giant sequoias surround this biologically rich habitat. From there the group will venture down the road to Crystal Cave, one of the few marble caves in the western United States. It is spectacularly lit up inside and the underground creeks and limestone formations are remarkable. It is hard to believe that something that beautiful is 200 feet below the surface of the earth! The program concludes after the cave tour.
Your excursion begins in the heart of Yosemite Valley. After settling in, we will enjoy a festive dinner and meet with park staff for an overview of our upcoming adventure. Afterward, we will hike to Mirror Lake Meadow to get an incredible view of Half Dome, one of the most dramatic displays of granite formation in the Sierra Nevada. After our hike, we’ll gather around the evening campfire to savor one of our chef’s delectable desserts.