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Santa Cruz County Directory of Volunteer Opportunities for Homeschooling Families
Volunteer in Santa Cruz County
The organizations listed in this resource guide welcome kids and/or families as volunteers.
While there are well over 100 organizations listed we have undoubtedly missed some great opportunities. If you know of any organizations that should be added to this list or if you find broken links or incorrect information please E-mail Diane Flynn Keith.
Santa Cruz County Directory
Brief description of Organization: The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's purpose is to purchase, permanently protect, and restore lands forming a regional open space greenbelt, preserve unspoiled wilderness, wildlife habitat, watershed, viewshed, and fragile ecosystems, and provide opportunities for low-intensity recreation and environmental education.
The District works to form a continuous greenbelt of permanently preserved open space by linking its lands with other public parklands. The District also participates in cooperative efforts such as the Bay Trail, Ridge Trail, and Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, which are regional trail systems in the Bay Area that include District lands.
The District has permanently preserved over 57,000 acres of mountainous, foothill, and bayland open space, creating 26 open space preserves (24 of which are open to the public). The District covers an area of 550 square miles and includes 17 cities (Atherton, Cupertino, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Monte Sereno, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, and Woodside).
Brief description of volunteer need: Each year, over 500 volunteers commit thousands of hours preserving and protecting open space lands by participating in a variety of ways such as educating and inspiring visitors, constructing and maintaining trails, and removing invasive, non-native vegetation.
General area volunteer opportunity is located: Peninsula & Santa Cruz Mountains
City where volunteer opportunity is located: All Cities in the greater San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties
Fees required: none
Age requirements: Age 14 and over for most projects; some allow younger children. Requirements exist regarding parents working with their children (i.e., no drop offs allowed)
Contact Person: Paul McKowan, Volunteer Programs Coordinator
Phone Number: 650-691-1200
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