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Outdoor Volunteer Events

Heard of Voluntourism? It’s tourism with a twist, a one of a kind experience for sustainability minded travelers! Take part in the following outdoor volunteer opportunities to meet locals, learn about our mountain environment, and give back to the Truckee-Tahoe community.

Keep Truckee Green

Keep Truckee Green provides easy ways to help clean up litter and trash. Join the Truckee Litter Corps on the first Saturday of each month for a group clean-up at a designated location. You’ll get a TLC t-shirt and the opportunity to meet Truckee locals doing good. Or, try the Grab a Bag Program at local participating businesses. They provide the pick-up supplies for litter clean-up and you'll get a prize when you return your bag of litter.


Truckee Trails Foundation

Help the Truckee Trails Foundation build, maintain, and advocate for a world-class network of trails and bikeways for health, sustainability, and prosperity. Don a helmet, gloves, and hardhat and join them for a trail work day!


Donner Memorial State Park - Friday Stewardship Guided Hike & Park Cleanup

What better way to kick off the weekend in Truckee-Tahoe! Head to Donner Memorial State Park on Friday afternoon for a guided stewardship hike with an interpretive ranger. Learn about local wildlife and more while helping to leave the park better than you found it. Trash grabbers and buckets will be provided.

  • 2023 Dates - July 7th, July 21st, Aug 4th, Aug 18th, Sept 1st
  • Meet at the Donner Visitor Center at 2pm.
  • Drop in or sign up in advance by emailing Nick Potter.

Truckee River Watershed Council

Get your science on and find out how you can protect our watershed with the Truckee River Watershed Council. Attend an informal, virtual River Talk to learn about the Truckee River Watershed, meet other river-lovers, and hear about the Watershed Council’s work; pull invasive plants with the Weed Warriors; Adopt-A-Stream and get the training to become a watershed scientist, practicing biology or chemistry in the field; or attended the annual Truckee River Day and Fair on Sunday, October 15, 2023.


Truckee Donner Land Trust

Roll up your sleeves and put in a day of dirt work building trails with the Truckee Donner Land Trust. They offer volunteer trail days June - October to repair existing trails and complete new sections. They provide the tools, all you need to do is show up with water and snacks! Can't make a volunteer trail day? Report trail conditions on their website to share what you find - down trees, muddy trail, backed up drains, etc.


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Sierra Community House

Four long-standing social service organizations — Family Resource Center of Truckee, North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Tahoe SAFE Alliance, and Project MANA — united to form Sierra Community House in 2019. Volunteer in one of four program areas: Hunger Relief, Crisis Intervention & Prevention, Family Support & Community Engagement, and Mediation & Legal Assistance.


Citizen Science Tahoe

Anyone can volunteer as a citizen scientist, it’s as easy as downloading an app! Get the Citizen Science Tahoe app on your phone and use it to share observations, photos, and comments of Lake Tahoe when you’re at the beach, on the water, or on the mountain. This helps researchers better understand conditions around the lake, so if you see it, share it!


Keep Tahoe Blue

There are many ways to get involved with Keep Tahoe Blue, the League to Save Lake Tahoe. Volunteer programs include attending a beach cleanup, downloading the Tahoe Boating App, forming your own Tahoe Blue Crew, and much more. Get involved and be sure to check out their calendar for year-round events.


Take Care Tahoe

View a roundup of events and volunteer opportunities in Truckee and the Lake Tahoe basin from Take Care Tahoe and partners. There are community cleanups, nature events, and more.


Request Truckee (Powered by See Click Fix)

Download the See Click Fix app to request services or get help fixing issues like trail hazards, graffiti, missing or damaged signs, and overflowing trash receptacles.

Slow Food Lake Tahoe

Slow Food Lake Tahoe is all about good, clean, and fair food for all. Their mission is to connect our community to the enjoyment of good, clean and fair food by inspiring a self-reliant food culture. Lend a hand at their Food Bank Garden at the Truckee River Regional Park (June-September) and join the slow food movement.


Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

Make a four legged friend on vacation! There are several ways for animal lovers to get involved with the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, including helping out at events, taking dogs for walks, or simply spending time with pets that need some extra love.


Featured Experience

Truckee River Day & Fair

Join the Truckee River Watershed Council on October 16th for the 27th Annual Truckee River Day and Fair! Volunteer alongside your friends – and make new ones – and work together to restore meadows and riparian areas, plant native vegetation, mulch sensitive areas, and take care of Truckee's mountain environment. Followed by family fun for everyone- live entertainment, environmental education activities, art projects and treats!
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