Become A Volunteer

Volunteering with Russian Riverkeeper will connect you with a community of people who care deeply about the environment of Sonoma County. Join our expanding volunteer group, have fun, learn new and exciting things, and take your Russian River stewardship to the highest level!  Contact us at info@russianriverkeeper.org to sign up to our email list and get notified of exciting volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Get close to the action and volunteer by just showing up at one of the projects below:

Riverkeeper Stewardship Park

  • Every Wednesday morning from 9am to noon.  Heavy rain cancels.  Please contact our Education Director, Birkin Newell, for more information and scheduling a time to come out and help.  Thank you.

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Work at the Park to help restore riverbank habitat. No experience necessary. Everyone and all ages are welcome. Activities include: planting and caring for native plants, weeding, mulching, erosion control, restoration education and Park cleanup. Students can receive volunteer and internship credit for participating. Visit the park to see the transformation or be part of the transformation taking place. Light refreshments provided.

When: Weekly workdays are on Wednesdays
Time: 9:00-Noon. Please join us for all or part.
Bring: Water and gloves-wear sturdy shoes.
Where: 16153 Main St. Guerneville, located on the north bank of the Russian River directly upstream of the pedestrian bridge. Access is down a driveway west of Sonoma Nesting Co. At the bottom of the driveway look for the blue and white sign that says, Russian Riverkeeper Demonstration Riparian Restoration Project Future Community Park. Parking is available near the sign.

*Note:  For 2017, we may be changing our volunteer scheduling to better suit your needs. For more information on Riverkeeper Park, email Birkin or call our office at 707-433-1958.


Foss Creek Community Restoration Project

The Foss Creek Community Restoration Project is a multi-year native plant restoration project on Foss Creek that will involve removing large amounts of invasive non-native plants that have taken over parts of Foss Creek.
The project started in April 2009 on Foss Creek between the Purity Lot (North St.) and the intersection of Healdsburg Avenue, Mill Street and Vine Street behind the h2 Hotel and Chamber of Commerce.

Foss Creek Community Restoration Project Goals

  • Improve wildlife habitat along Foss Creek
  • Educate community on value of watershed stewardship
  • Reduce flooding impacts caused by invasive non-native plants
  • Increase visibility and aesthetics of Foss Creek

We will be scheduling several workdays a year to maintain the restored sections, stay tuned for details or sign up for Volunteer alerts to be notified.


Russian River Watershed Cleanup

September 2018: Visit the Cleanup website for signups and more information once we settle on a date.

Saturday, September 16, 2017:  Stay tuned for updates on our totals for this year’s cleanup!

Saturday, September 17, 2016: With the help of 364 registered volunteers, we removed a total of 21,769 POUNDS of garbage from the River! The greater number of volunteers allowed us to conduct trash cleanup at over 50 locations from Ukiah to Jenner and over 89 miles of shoreline.



The mission of the Russian River Watershed Cleanup Committee is to coordinate cleanup and removal of trash in the Russian River and its tributaries between Ukiah and Jenner. We organize and coordinate teams of volunteers for an annual cleanup and promote stewardship of the Russian River watershed.

View the official Russian River Watershed Cleanup website for more details.  The official Russian River Watershed Cleanup Facebook page will have updates as well. Stay tuned for next year’s big event!


Volunteer at Events

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The next Great Russian River Race is scheduled for June 2, 2018.
For more information, please visit our race Facebook Page and sign up for our newsletter, and we’ll let you know when volunteer sign-ups open. We always have lots of different roles from race safety to registration, so just ask!


The Ripp’n River Bash is scheduled for July 28, 2018. This is our annual major fundraising event to raise money for our programs and replaces the River Awards Gala. If you would like to volunteer at this event, please email Adryon to receive more information.


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