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Our Mission is stewardship of America's wild lands through organizing and promoting volunteer service in cooperation with public land agencies.

Celebrating our 24th Year

Giving Something Back

Wilderness Volunteers has been providing affordable opportunities for everyone to participate in the hands-on stewardship of public lands since 1997. Working in cooperation with the US Forest Service, National Park Service, the BLM, the US Fish & Wildlife Service and others, you’ll be inspired and invigorated when you see how much a group can accomplish in a few days.

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Wilderness Volunteers is cultivating a passion for Wilderness! We are a national nonprofit organizing volunteers for stewardship projects in cooperation with public land agencies across the USA.

Upcoming Projects


Joshua Tree National Park
02/06/2022 – 02/12/2022
Full (2 waiting)

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Strenuous: A max of 4-mile one-way daily hikes with ~800′ elevation change
Front country: Tent camping near cars

Join us for a week of general trail maintenance (brushing, drain clearing, and trail delineation) along the California Riding and Hiking Trail within Joshua Tree National Park. The trail is beautiful and diverse; showcasing both monzogranite and gneiss, a section of basalt, Joshua tree stands, and expansive mountain views. A 4WD vehicle with high clearance is preferred, although carpooling to/from the job site is possible. 

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Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge
02/27/2022 – 03/05/2022
Open (1 remaining)

Location: Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, AZ
Strenuous. Up to 2-mile one-way hikes carrying/lifting fencing materials
Front country: tent camping near cars.

Our service project will be removing old interior barbed-wire fences leftover from ranching days in cooperation with volunteers from Friends of Buenos Aires NWR. The fence removal is part of an ongoing 15-year project by the Refuge to remove interior fences; only ~18 miles of the fence remains down from over 150 miles of fence that originally existed.

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Rincon Creek Trail, Saguaro National Park
03/13/2022 – 03/19/2022

Location: Saguaro National Park (east), AZ
Strenuous. Pulling buffelgrass is very challenging work in a sometimes uneven landscape.
Backpacking with pack support. ~3-mile backpack with 500′ change.

We’re excited to return to Saguaro National Park to help eradicate the invasive buffelgrass and fountain grass! Spend a mild spring week in the desert digging out this problematic invasive as we continue to help Saguaro National Park give natural vegetation a chance.

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Please Support Wilderness Volunteers

Please Support Wilderness Volunteers

2021 has been quite the year for Wilderness Volunteers! Despite the ongoing pandemic and tremendous wildfire season, we have successfully navigated a leadership transition and a safe and successful project season. Support from people like you was essential to...

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Wilderness Volunteers Board Update

Wilderness Volunteers Board Update

Thursday, September 2, 2021 Hello everyone, we have been busy! Here is the latest... Board of Directors   We are happy to announce the addition of three new people to the Board of Directors, bringing us to seven members. We welcome Katy Giorgio, Rebecca Glucklich, and...

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