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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. Another way to help is by participating in the Grab a Bag Program at local participating businesses. They provide the pick-up supplies for litter clean-up anytime, anywhere! Return your bag of litter for prizes and discounts.


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!


Truckee River Watershed Council

Volunteer at the 26th Annual Truckee River Day, Oct 17

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.


Tahoe Food Hub

Volunteer for Made in Tahoe Festival, Oct 9-10

Tahoe Food Hub is the non-profit beneficiary of the Made in Tahoe Festival on Oct. 9-10 at Palisades Tahoe. Proceeds benefit the Tahoe Food Hub's Giving Box program which provides fresh, local produce to those in need. Volunteers will pour drinks, serve soup, and get a FREE food hub t-shirt, lunch and drinks!


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 throughout the summer, June - October, to repair existing trails or complete new sections. They provide the tools, all you need to do is show up with water and snacks!

Can make a volunteer trail day? You can still help by reporting trail conditions on their website. Use the form on the Explore page to share what you find - down trees, muddy trail, backed up drains, etc.


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

Help out at Slow Food Lake Tahoe's new Truckee Community Garden in the Truckee River Regional Park (June-September) or join the local food movement and break bread with Locals at Community Soup Night.


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 with events and festivals like Brews, Jazz & Funk, taking dogs for walks, or simply spending time with pets that need some extra love.


Experience the mighty Truckee River in fall.
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Truckee River Day

Join the Truckee River Watershed Council at their 26th annual Truckee River Day and Fair. Work alongside your friends – and make new ones – as you work together to restore Truckee's meadows and riparian areas, plant native vegetation, mulch sensitive areas, and repair our mountain home.

Sunday, October 17, 9am-2:30pm
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