Dedicated volunteers, like you, make it possible for the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District to provide excellent educational and stewardship programs and activities. Our offerings present individuals, families, schools and civic groups a great outdoor experience in parks and open spaces.

Join us and learn about the area’s natural and cultural history while giving back. There are diverse projects to match your interests.


Become a Volunteer Naturalist and share your love of nature and the outdoors.  Volunteer Naturalists staff the Garland Ranch Regional Park Visitor Center, lead Interpretive Hikes for the general public and school groups, facilitate at Let’s Go Outdoors activities, monitor trails, serve as Park District ambassadors at various community events and assist with conservation projects.

Volunteer Naturalists must be 18 years or older and willing to commit 6 hours per month for one year and attend monthly enrichment trainings.

Our Volunteer Naturalist positions require a commitment of one year working 6 hours per month.  Before completing an application for a volunteer position, please review the following criteria.  If you meet the requirements, click the “I Agree” button to access the application form.

  1. I attest that I am 18 years of age or older.
  2. If I become a volunteer, I agree to a minimum one-year commitment.
  3. As a volunteer, I will attend the orientation and monthly enrichments.
  4. As a volunteer, I will be dependable, reliable and professional while representing MPRPD.
  5. I agree to the above conditions and wish to complete a volunteer application.

I Agree

Return the completed application to:
Debbie Wyatt, Volunteer Coordinator
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District
60 Garden Court, Suite 325, Monterey, CA 93940


Community ALIVE!
Volunteers Act Locally In Volunteer Endeavors

Are you looking to give your time on a one-time project, to earn service credits, or to feel a sense of accomplishment then come to a Community ALIVE! (CA!) service project.  CA! volunteers assist MPRPD staff in achieving resource and management projects.  You can join us once or many times.

Projects vary seasonally and include: working in our Native Plant Garden and Arboretum, restoring habitat, removal of invasive weeds, trail maintenance, erosion control and beautification projects in many of our parks and open spaces.

Every CA! volunteer must complete a waiver prior to each service.  Children under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.


Give a few hours of your group’s time being “green”.  Build connections and relationships between team members and the environment while participating in community restoration, park beautification or cleanup projects.  Fun and meaningful activities provide unique experiences for your party of 10 or more.  Working together, we will design a custom event tailored just for you!

NOTE:  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.


You can volunteer for one of several habitat restoration projects.  The projects are short-term and may include removing invasive plants, planting native plants and cleaning up parks and open space.