County Parks Volunteer Projects

Volunteer projects in partnership with County of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department

Coming up on Saturday, September 21 is Creeks to Coast Cleanup! 

45+ locations throughout SLO County, from the Creeks to the Coast!

Volunteer with ECOSLO and the County of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department as we care for the vulnerable beach on Creeks to Coast Cleanup (formerly known as Coastal Cleanup Day)! Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable cleanup items, and bring a reusable water bottle, closed toed shoes, and layers.

Please use the sign up button below to register to volunteer and choose a location.  We will email you to confirm.  Thank you for volunteering to care for SLO County Parks!

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MLK Day of Service: Monday, January 21

Project: Tree and bush trimming, wood chipping and brush removal, Los Osos Community Park
12 Volunteers, 36 total volunteer hours

On Monday, January 21, 12 volunteers from AmeriCorps CivicSpark came out from far and wide to volunteer their time and energy this Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. At Los Osos Community Park, they helped with tree trimming, removing potentially dangerous and damaging limbs from trees and removed brush in order to allow them to continue to grow healthily and safely. The group also helped with bush trimming, cutting back some shrubs and bushes allowing a better view of the park overall and more room for other native plants to grow. Thank you, AmeriCorps CivicSpark, for your hard work!

Love SLO: Saturday, March 16

Project: Invasive plant species removal and park maintenance at Cuesta Park

18 volunteers, 54 volunteer hours

On Saturday, March 16, 18 volunteers came together to remove invasive plant species and perform park maintenance at Cuesta Park as part as the large Love SLO volunteer day. They got to work with some new tools and learn about invasive plant species and how they disrupt the native environment. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Cesar Chavez Day of Service: Saturday, March 30

Project: Tree and brush trimming, oak seedling monitoring, Cesar Chavez Native Garden
7 Volunteers, 21 total volunteer hours

On Saturday, March 30, in honor of Cesar Chavez National Day of Service, 7 volunteers from the local AmeriCorps VIP cohort volunteered at the Cesar Chavez Native Garden in Nipomo. They did some line trimming, some brush trimming, cared for oak seedlings, and got the park in shape for the busy summer season. Thanks to the AmeriCorps VIP cohort for your hard work!


Outdoor Discovery Festival: Saturday, April 13

Project: Help successfully run the Outdoor Discovery Festival at Lopez Lake
17 volunteers, 54 volunteer hours


This year SLO County Parks celebrated 50 years at Lopez Lake with their annual Outdoor Discovery Festival! We had 17 volunteers come out throughout the day to help make sure the event went smoothly. They assisted with event setup and break down, parking, and even ran the children’s obstacle course. The event wouldn’t have been possible without them, and we’re so grateful for their time! It was a beautiful day out at the lake. Thanks to all who came out!

Post Memorial Day: Tuesday, May 28

Project: Post holiday cleanup at Pirate’s Cove
15 Volunteers, 30 total volunteer hours


On Tuesday, May 28, we had 15 volunteers come out on an early morning after Memorial Day Weekend to cleanup at Pirate’s Cove! The rain may have kept a lot of the debris at bay, but the volunteers still collected 125 pounds of trash and 52 pounds of recycle – 177 pounds overall. Thanks so much to all who came out on an early Tuesday morning!

National Trails Day: Saturday, June 1

Project: Trail maintenance at Lopez Lake
7 Volunteers, 21 total volunteer hours

On Saturday, June 1, we celebrated National Trails Day out at Lopez Lake! We had 7 volunteers come out and perform maintenance on the Marina and Blackberry Springs Trails. Volunteers helped line trim, create water bars, clear brush and level the trails so that they’re easily accessible and usable for park guests. Be sure to head out to Lopez Lake this summer and explore on these improved trails!