Acterra Stewardship's work depends upon community volunteers. Volunteers may carry out habitat restoration work at our project sites, adopt a plot or stretch of creek to steward, conduct research, or help out at our nursery. Volunteer individually, or contact us to arrange a special workday for your corporate or community group.
Our volunteer days offer something for everyone:
Youth Stewards Program:
Local youth are invited to join Acterra's Youth Stewards Program. Students will learn how to protect and restore habitat for wildlife and endangered species, co-lead community workdays, and more!
When: Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., starting June 9
Where: Los Altos Redwood Grove Nature Preserve, 482 University Avenue, Los Altos [MAP]
For: Middle and high school students [More Information]
For more information, please contact Kristen Williams at kristen.williams*cterra.org
When: Most Fridays, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: 22221 McClellan Road, Cupertino [MAP]
For: High school and college students
For more information, please contact Jeremy Merckling at jeremy.merckling*cterra.org
- Grove Guardians
- Thursday Ivy League: Held every Thursday afternoon at 2PM on San Francisquito Creek in Hopkins Park downstream of Middlefield Ave at various locations. Volunteers help with habitat restoration work such as removal of invasive plants, installing native plants, and building habitat structures.
- Habitat Tracker Activity: We invite youth, teachers, classes, and volunteer groups to participate in our recently developed Habitat Tracker activity, which actively engages youth in land stewardship by teaching student facts about the ecosystems through a fun, adventurous activity. Students team up and use Global Positioning System (GPS) to find educational geochaches hidden along Arastradero Preserve's trail. It's a perfect synergy between our technologically "plugged-in" lives and the outdoors. Students will learn how to navigate themselves with GPS units and deepen their connection with nature. For more information, please contact Claire Elliot, clairee*acterra.org
- Saturday Workdays: Generally open to individuals of all ages except where noted. Help with habitat restoration at Arastradero Preserve, Redwood Grove, or along creeks on the lower peninsula. You will learn about local ecology while helping to improve it!
- 3rd Tuesdays: Join our hard-working 3rd Tuesday crew for a chance to get outdoors during the week. This program rotates to each project site.
- 21 and Up Workdays: 21 and Up is for community members old enough to remember life before Facebook. Workdays followed by optional socializing and possibly a hike.
- Wednesday Morning Greenfingers: Held every Wednesday at McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino. Volunteers help with habitat restoration work such as removal of invasive plants, installing native plants, and building habitat structures.
- Wednesday Weed Warriors: Held every Wednesday evening at Arastradero Preserve. Work alongside our experienced weed warriors to tackle problematic invasive plants.
- Native Plant Nursery: Nursery volunteer days are Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. At times, there is a waiting list of prospective volunteers so it is best to call in advance before visiting the Nursery.
- Groups: Have a community or school group that would enjoy working together on a restoration project? Please fill out the Group Event Request Form and email it to stewardship*acterra.org.
- Custom Corporate Packages: Looking for a unique employee teambuilding retreat or a custom-designed employee volunteer day? Our experienced team will work with you to design an unforgettable day of habitat restoration, learning, and fun in one of the Peninsula's most beautiful nature preserves. Packages start at just $500. Contact Stewardship Director Alex Von Feldt at alexv*acterra.org.
Improve the ecological health of landscapes at home, school, or work. Replace thirsty lawns and invasive plants with edible landscapes and drought tolerant, native plants that attract wildlife. Store rainwater to use later on your summer garden. Learn more through our Urban Ecology programs.
Acterra Stewardship staff and other local experts host a variety of hikes and hands-on workshops. Learn about ecology and sustainability practices at these fun and informative events. For more information, please visit our Hikes and Workshops webpage.