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Big Sur Volunteer Vacation

  • Destination: Big Sur State Park
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Departs: 05/17/2019
  • Returns: 05/19/2019
  • Packages starting at: $345

($195 w/ employer’s matching gift) The Big Sur coast of California offers one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. From the crashing waves that pound the Big Sur cliffs to the teaming waters of the world famous Monterey Bay, volunteers will enjoy an unforgettable vacation as they explore California’s spectacular coastline.

Nature Corps has teamed up with the California State Parks to restore this world renowned coastline. Volunteers will rehabilitate the region’s coastal dunes and foothill habitats by collecting seeds of endangered flora, propagating the seeds in park nurseries, and planting native flora along the Big Sur coast.

Proceeds from your volunteer vacation tuition will be used to support our Student Volunteer program. For that reason, a portion of your tuition is tax deductible.

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Big Sur Volunteer Vacation

Preserving California’s Magnificent Coast

Volunteers are needed to restore Big Sur’s world-renown resources by implementing key conservation projects. After volunteering, you will have time to enjoy this scenic wonder by taking a variety of hikes on remote beaches and VIP nature walks.

Day 1
The excursion begins at 2pm at our secluded base camp in the beautifully wooded Big Sur Campground. After everyone has settled in, we will enjoy a festive dinner under California’s star studded skies. After dinner, we will hike down to beautiful Pfeiffer Beach to watch the sun set into the glowing pacific. We’ll return to our base camp to gather around the evening campfire and savor warm drinks as we discuss our schedule of activities for the week.
Day 2
After waking up and preparing for our day in the field, we will gather for a hearty breakfast buffet. Once we arrive at the project site, park biologists will provide further information and direct us on this important conservation effort to restore Big Sur’s unique ecosystems. The project will wrap up by early afternoon at which time we will leave for Partington Cove, a little visited area but very beautiful section of Big Sur. The water in the cove is unbelievably aqua and within it grows incredible kelp forests. From there we will drive further south the highway to photograph beautiful McWay Falls, the only waterfall in Big Sur that spills into the Pacific. After dinner we will head to the Big Sur Roadhouse where we will enjoy musical entertainment at this casual gathering spot
Day 3
After a scrumptious breakfast we will break camp and head out to hike the spectacular cliffs and coastlines at Andrew Molera State Beach. There are amazing coastal features and beautiful beaches where we can relax and take in the sites. From there we will head north on world famous Highway One to visit the historic Big Sur Lighthouse. After enjoying our last hike together we’ll gather for a Farewell Ceremony and reflect upon our shared experiences on this extraordinary volunteer vacation.

Exploring the Big Sur Coast

This 3-day getaway highlights California’s breathtaking coastline. To celebrate the Big Sur’s remarkable beauty, photography workshops and organized nature walks will be available to help you enjoy and capture these dramatic coastal cliffs and beaches.


  • May 17-19, 2019 (habitat restoration in Big Sur area. You will also enjoy guided tours to waterfalls, remote beaches, and rarely visited coves filled with aqua water!)
  • Additional dates to be announced.

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Volunteer Project

Nature Corps’ volunteers are needed to work on the follow projects:

  • Restoring impacted habitat, revegetation projects, collecting seeds & propagating native flora
  • Rehabilitating campgrounds that have been damaged by overuse
  • Restoring antiquated buildings and other park structures

Work locations and volunteer assignments vary depending on project status and the needs of park staff.

Fun and Play

After experiencing the personal rewards of contributing to the preservation of this magnificent natural treasure, our experienced naturalists will lead you on a variety of recreational activities including hiking along dramatic coastal cliffs, strolling on moonlit beaches, visiting picturesque redwood forests or picnicking bluffs with spectacular coastal views.


No need to bring your food, and pots and pans. Our cooks will pamper you with delicious and festive meals. Each morning you will rise to the wonderful aromas of coffee and a hearty breakfast. After a full day of exploring the great outdoors, you will satisfy your appetite on deli-style picnics and the savory aromas of hearty dinners prepared by our talented chefs. (We jokingly say that people come back on our outings just for the food!)

Equipment Rentals

You can let us know what equipment you would like to reserve in the comment box on the fourth page of the Book Now registration process.

  • Tent (6 person), $75
  • Tent (4 person), $45
  • Full-length air mattress $15
  • Sleeping Bag, $10
  • Lantern, $5
  • Camping chair, $5

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Accommodation Occupancy Package Price
Reserved Sites at Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground Double $345  ($195 w/ employer’s matching gift)