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


Volunteer Naturalist

Become a Volunteer Naturalist and share your love of nature and the outdoors.
Volunteer Naturalist, must be 18 years or older and willing to commit 6 hours/month for one year and monthly enrichment training.

Volunteer Naturalists lead Interpretive Hikes for the general public and school groups, staff the Garland Ranch Regional Park Visitor Center, facilitate at Let's Go Outdoors activities and serve as Park District ambassadors at various community events and assist with nature camp and on conservation projects.

Volunteer Opportunities

How to Volunteer

To become a Volunteer Naturalist, apply online or print the volunteer application and return completed application to:

Debbie Wyatt, Volunteer Coordinator
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District
60 Garden Court, Suite 325, Monterey, CA 93940

Volunteer Naturalist Application Form

Our Volunteer Naturalist positions require a commitment of one year working 6 hours per month. Before completing an application to apply 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. If I become a volunteer, I agree to a minimum one-year commitment.
  2. As a volunteer, I will attend the orientation and monthly enrichments.
  3. As a volunteer, I will be dependable, reliable and professional while representing The Park District.

I agree to the above conditions and wish to complete an application.

Volunteer Application Form


Community ALIVE!

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: restoring habitat, removal of invasive weeds, trail maintenance, erosion control and beautification projects in many of our parks and open spaces.

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

Give a “Green” Day Group Projects

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!

Give a “Green” Day Volunteers (Minors must be accompanied by an adult)


Community ALIVE! Volunteers
On going Projects

Community ALIVE! Volunteers Act Locally In Volunteer Endeavors

Note:  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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

BETA Volunteers (Equestrian Volunteers)

We are pleased to work with the Bicycle/Equestrian Trails Assistance (BETA) volunteer organization in our pilot Trail Program. This program has been established as an educational and outreach public service project designed to ensure that local community members and trail users understand park guidelines and proper trail etiquette to facilitate an enjoyable outdoor experience. BETA members also monitor the trails upon which they ride.

All MPRPD/BETA volunteers must first undergo BETA training and then submit an application with MPRPD.

To participate in any of our volunteer opportunities, contact Debbie Wyatt, Volunteer Coordinator at info@mprpd.org or call (831) 659-6065 for more information.

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