Drop-in Volunteering and Special Events

Conifer Removal Project

Throughout the year, we have several special events such as Junior Ranger Day, Earth Day (both in April), Apple Picking Day (mid August), and Yosemite Facelift (late September), where volunteers can just show up, no application needed. We list these events on this website when we know the dates for each year, as well as on volunteer.gov.

For all special events and drop-in days, the park asks participants to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, appropriate gear for the weather, and bring sun protection, water, and snacks. The park provides tools and protective equipment.

All participants must sign a volunteer agreement [52 kb PDF]. If you'd like to fill out the in advance, this form will be posted with each special event or drop-in project as they are planned (you can also sign one on the day of the project on-site). Guardians must sign the form for participants under the age of 18.

Volunteer Drop-In Program

Help keep Yosemite beautiful! The Volunteer Drop-In Program is a family-friendly way you can take an active role in protecting and preserving our natural resources. Whether it's your first time to the park or you are a returning visitor, come create new memories while removing invasive species, collecting seeds, and picking up litter.

The Volunteer Drop-In Program meets on Wednesdays at 9:30 am (through September 16) in front of the Valley Visitor Center. Come prepared with closed-toe shoes and long pants, and join us for one to three hours.

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Special Events

Earth Day: April

Yosemite has a park-wide celebration of Earth Day, usually on the Saturday on or before Earth Day. The park usually schedules a volunteer project on both the Earth Day celebration date as well as Earth Day itself. Projects include ecological restoration and litter cleanup, and are appropriate for all ages. In the past projects have been two to three hours in duration. Check back as the dates approach for more information.

National Park Week: April

While there may not be specific National Park Week projects, Junior Ranger Day and Earth Day usually fall during National Park Week.

Junior Ranger Day: April

Volunteer to earn your Junior Ranger Badge! As part of the Junior Ranger Day celebration, volunteers will do a restoration or litter project.

Apple Picking Day: August

Historic apple orchards in Yosemite Valley attract bears, leading them to eat non-native foods while increasing human-bear conflicts in parking areas and campgrounds near the orchards. To help decrease the impact of the orchards, volunteers are invited to pick apples, removing the temptations for the bears.

Yosemite Facelift (and National Public Lands Day) - last week in September

In partnership with the Yosemite Climbing Association, the National Park Service puts on this five-day event each September, Wednesday through Sunday including the last Saturday of the month. In 2012 over 1,200 volunteers cleaned up 20,000 pounds of debris from the park. To learn more, visit our partners at the Yosemite Climbing Association.

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