Volunteer Opportunities

Marin CNPS is 100% volunteer run and can use your talents. Volunteering is a great way to learn about the unique ecology of Marin and meet fellow plant lovers while contributing to the overall health of our planet.

Volunteer Now! See something appealing on this list?  Email marinCNPSvolunteers@gmail.com today!

Like hands-on work?

  • Restore habitat with Marin CNPS.
  • Help care for our demonstration gardens.
  • Plant milkweed for monarchs.
  • Pack orders for chapter plant sales.
  • Map and monitor rare plants.
  • Sell posters at events and plant sales.

Like talking with people?

  •  Speak up for biodiversity and native plants at public meetings; talking points provided.
  • Lead field trips to your favorite places; plant experts provided.
  • Join our Gardening With Natives Committee. Spread the word about growing natives.
  • Join the host team for CNPS events.
  • Welcome new members and connect them to their interests.

Prefer working behind the scenes?

  • Boost our social media presence; content provided.
  • Shoot engaging and educational videos for posting (at field trips, events, natural areas).
  • Contribute photos, articles, poetry to our monthly newsletter.
  • Promote our chapter events in your community.
  • Advocate! Join our Conservation Committee. Track and analyze proposed local projects.
  • Join our board. Attend a meeting and see where you fit in.
One Tam Volunteer Activities

One Tam Volunteer Activities

One Tam is a collaboration between our county, state and national parks, and the Marin Municipal Water district, all of whom own land on Mt. Tamalpais. Marin Municipal Water District generally hosts broom pulls the third Saturday of the month. Learn more here, or contact volunteerprogram@marinwater.org for more information or to be added to their mailing list.

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Marin County Parks

Marin County Parks

Marin County Parks hosts volunteer workdays in their parks and open spaces on a regular basis, including weed clearing, pulling broom, planting new seedlings, and beach and creek cleanups. All ages and abilities are welcome, including beginners, children, and seniors. The work varies in physical demand, but for most events they provide a variety of activities suitable for all ages and abilities.

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Milkweeds and Monarchs with Marin Audubon Society

Milkweeds and Monarchs with Marin Audubon Society

This is an on-going collaborative project between Marin Audubon Society and Home Ground Habitats: MAS owns the land, and HGH provides the plants. Volunteers are always welcome to help with the work involved. We are creating habitat for the Monarch butterfly by planting milkweed, which is the host plant for the larval stage of this iconic creature, as well as nectar-rich California native annual wildflowers, perennials, and shrubs.

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Bay Model Pollinator Garden

Bay Model Pollinator Garden

This garden is now well established since we started planting in June 2018. In every season, new plants go into bud and some old favorites need to be pruned or pulled—it’s always changing. Regular maintenance, which our chapter’s “Gardening with Natives” chair oversees on a regular seasonal basis, incudes workdays to do light pruning, divide herbaceous plants, sow seeds, plant wildflower seedlings, and pull weeds. The garden is of a very manageable size, tools and materials are provided, and there is much to learn in the company of friends!

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One Tam Volunteer Activities

One Tam is a collaboration between our county, state and national parks, and the Marin Municipal Water district, all of whom own land on Mt. Tamalpais. Marin Municipal Water District generally hosts broom pulls the third Saturday of the month. Learn more here, or contact volunteerprogram@marinwater.org for more information or to be added to their mailing list.

Marin County Parks

Marin County Parks hosts volunteer workdays in their parks and open spaces on a regular basis, including weed clearing, pulling broom, planting new seedlings, and beach and creek cleanups. All ages and abilities are welcome, including beginners, children, and seniors. The work varies in physical demand, but for most events they provide a variety of activities suitable for all ages and abilities.

Milkweeds and Monarchs with Marin Audubon Society

This is an on-going collaborative project between Marin Audubon Society and Home Ground Habitats: MAS owns the land, and HGH provides the plants. Volunteers are always welcome to help with the work involved. We are creating habitat for the Monarch butterfly by planting milkweed, which is the host plant for the larval stage of this iconic creature, as well as nectar-rich California native annual wildflowers, perennials, and shrubs.

Bay Model Pollinator Garden

This garden is now well established since we started planting in June 2018. In every season, new plants go into bud and some old favorites need to be pruned or pulled—it’s always changing. Regular maintenance, which our chapter’s “Gardening with Natives” chair oversees on a regular seasonal basis, incudes workdays to do light pruning, divide herbaceous plants, sow seeds, plant wildflower seedlings, and pull weeds. The garden is of a very manageable size, tools and materials are provided, and there is much to learn in the company of friends!

Volunteer With SPAWN

Every Friday, 10 am–2 pm, Native Plant Nursery
Come out and help SPAWN volunteers at our very own Native Plant Nursery! We cultivate beautiful plants destined for restoration sites throughout the valley—everything from native blackberries and grasses to majestic redwoods. Be a part of transforming creekside habitat from the ground up!

Saturdays, twice a month, 10 am –2 pm, Creekside Habitat Restoration
Join us as we plant native plants from our nursery and remove invasive species from our riparian restoration project sites. Our work helps to improve endangered central coast coho habitat throughout the Lagunitas Creek watershed. Volunteering with SPAWN provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about salmon, native plants, and how to create a healthy ecosystem. Location varies, please visit SPAWN’S upcoming events for more details!