You may already realize the importance of maintaining the world we live in. You might recycle, use less water, and make smarter, more eco-friendly purchases on a day-to-day basis. This is great! Are you looking for a way to help even more? Are you searching to take that next step to preserve our planet? If so, volunteering is the perfect opportunity.

Help Plant Native Trees

Trees are one of our planet’s most powerful natural resources. They help combat climate change and reduce pollution. They also clean the air we breathe by filtering out pollutants and producing oxygen. The benefits of trees don’t stop there! Trees also provide a home for wildlife and prevent soil erosion.

Planting trees is a great way to make a difference in our ecosystem. Check to see if your city is part of the Tree City USA movement and sign up to help. If not, consider organizing your own tree planting event.

Don’t forget that you can also volunteer to help keep trees healthy after they’ve been planted. You may be responsible for watering, weeding, and pruning.

Volunteer on an Urban Farm

Urban farms provide a green space in a crowded city. Their goal is to teach people about environmental issues, sustainable farming, and nutritious food systems. Most farms are happy to accept single volunteers or groups of people looking to help out. Your tasks may include planting, weeding, or educating the garden’s guests.

Clean Your Local River

Did you know that 100,000 marine animals die each year from ingesting or getting tangled in trash? There aren’t any government agencies directly responsible for clearing garbage out of our rivers. Because of this, it’s up to volunteers to keep our streams and rivers clean. By removing trash, you will be helping improve water quality and making rivers a safer place for animals and humans alike.

There may already be a group in your area that you can join. If not, you can look online to see if your area is part of the National River Cleanup through American Rivers or has a local Riverkeeper chapter.

Join an Advocacy Group

If you’re looking to make a lasting difference in the future, consider joining an environmental advocacy group. These groups lobby for policies that will protect our environment for years to come. Each volunteer position will look different based on your interests and skills. Possible tasks include organizing fundraising events, writing letters, and canvassing the streets.

These are great ways to take concrete steps to help preserve the natural wonders of our planet. Why not research opportunities near you and start today?

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  • Barry Nerhus

    Experienced Biologist and Environmental Enthusiast

    Barry Nerhus is the founder and senior biologist of Endemic Environmental Services, Inc. He is also the president of the Institute for Conservation Research and Education. Barry strongly believes in understanding and conserving the environment as well as habitats throughout southern California. Having a passion for conservation biology, Barry also teaches part-time at a local community college to educate individuals!