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Helping You Care For The Places You Love

Make Friends. Make Memories. Make A Difference.

The Nature Corps is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization that provides award winning, all-inclusive volunteer vacations, enabling people like you to make a difference.

  • Established in 1987 as a result of a Presidential Commission Report encouraging Americans to serve as stewards of their public lands
  • Protected our nation's most cherished natural treasures, including the General Sherman sequoia, the largest living organism on earth
  • Planted 20,000 trees throughout the Sierra Nevada, a portion of which were planted in memory of the victims of 9/11
  • For over 30 years, provided life-enriching programs for employee groups, low-income youth, and military couples as they volunteer to preserve our state and national parks
  • Donated volunteer labor on park projects valued at over $10,000,00
  • Have never been camping
  • Dont have the gear or experience
  • Too busy to make plans or prepare the logistics
  • Find it impossible to reserve a campsite
  • Have no one to go with
  • Don't know of a reliable agency to work with

Our Mission

Established in 1987, our mission is to provide life-enriching programs to the public, veterans, students, and employee groups as they volunteer to preserve the splendor of California’s state and national Parks. Our work supports the growing need for preservation and rehabilitation of fragile wilderness ecosystems within our national and state public lands. Join us to leave your personal legacy in these world-renowned natural treasures. 

Taking a Nature Corps voluntour is also a great way to “pay it forward.” The proceeds from your program contribution make it possible for low-income students and military couples to volunteer in the parks at little or no cost.

Our Goal

In partnership with the National Park Service and California State Parks, Nature Corps coordinates a volunteer corps to design, plan, and implement priority conservation projects that will preserve the parks for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

Our Work

For over 30 years, The Nature Corps has helped more than 8,000 people like you to make a lasting difference in the parks they love. Because of our dedicated volunteers, we have been able to tackle critical conservation projects, such as preserving the largest living organism on earth, planting over 20,000 trees, protecting threatened rain forest, and collectively donating labor on projects valued over $10,000,000.

The accomplishments of Nature Corps volunteers have been recognized with numerous state and federal awards, including a Congressional “Take Pride” Award, and the National Park Service, Pacific West Region , George B. Hartzog, Jr. Award, one of the highest recognition the park service can bestow on a nonprofit partner. As our partnership with the park service has grown, they have come to rely on Nature Corps volunteers to help them complete high priority conservation projects. Without your participation, many critical projects will remain incomplete.

Our Accomplishment

Sequoia National Park

  • Protecting the world renown General Sherman Sequoia, the largest living organism on earth
  • Planting 20,000 trees to restore impacted habitat throughout Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Ash Mountain Nursery Construction, Sequoia National Park, enlarged nursery to propagate endangered plant species
  • Giant Forest Habitat Restoration, Sequoia National Park, restoring world-renowned giant sequoias groves impacted by intensive foot traffic

Yosemite National Park

  • Meadow Re vegetation Projects, Yosemite National Park, while only 2% of the Sierra landmass, meadows support 75% of the region’s wildlife.
  • Restoring the ecological balance of Yosemite's Merced River by planting thousands of trees along its banks

Big Sur State Park

  • Coastal Grassland Planting, Big Sur State Park, planting native grasses to rehabilitate this rare coastal ecosystem
  • Rehabilitating historical structures and antiquated park service facilities

Morro Bay State Park

  • Dunes Habitat Restoration Project, Morro Bay Strand State Park, removing nonnative vegetation to allow for the native flora and fauna to flourish
  • Rehabilitating historical structures and antiquated park service facilities

Begin your conservation legacy today

Pick your park

Tours are offered in parks from mountains to sea so you help in the places you love

Pick your date

We offer tours throughout the year to accommodate your busy schedule

Make a difference

Find out how volunteering is a profoundly meaningful way to enjoy the parks to the fullest.

Ready to make your mark?

Let The Nature Corps take you there.

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Have questions? Contact Us 800.774.PARK