Earthroots has a 200-year plan for restoring and stewarding Big Oak Canyon, our 39-acre property in Silverado, California.  Volunteer with us to help us move forward with this goal. All levels of experience welcome.

Read more about Big Oak Canyon.

Big Oak Canyon Volunteers

Volunteer Day

Earthroots Volunteer Days are the first Saturday of each month.

Volunteer Day Tasks may include

  • clearing non-native plants, trees, and grasses from our 39-acre property
  • restoring a seasonal wetland habitat
  • building a compost pile
  • tending the orchard
  • litter removal
  • counting animal/plant species
  • painting a shade structure and signs
  • assembling nature kits
  • physical outdoor labor
  • meeting new friends
  • enjoy spending time in nature

All ages are welcome. Ages 12 and under require adult supervision. Parents will be responsible for their children throughout the day. All minors need a parent or guardian’s signature on the release form. Tools will be provided. Click the button below to sign up.

Overview of the day

The day will begin with a welcome, some history of the site, and an introduction to the day’s work. After that, we will break up into groups according to each worksite and get to it!

All tools are provided unless otherwise noted.

We recommend arriving a few minutes before 9am to give yourself time to familiarize yourself with the site.

View our COVID-19 Procedures and Guidelines.
No more than 20 volunteers are permitted during volunteer days.

*Big Oak Canyon experiences large temperature swings. Please wear weather-appropriate layers.

Volunteering as a Group

Groups interested in volunteering, please inquire here:

Touring Big Oak Canyon

For those who are interested in touring the property, inquire with our staff at [email protected] to arrange a tour of the property and learn about our long-term vision for Big Oak Canyon.

Things to know

– There is poison oak on-site growing in some of the areas between the plants where we may be working. You will learn to identify this plant when you arrive.
– Ticks can be found at Big Oak Canyon seasonally. The California Department of Public Health offers valuable information on all things ticks, including prevention, removal and treatment.
– Weeding grassy habitat may startle snakes and other small animals. Closed-toed shoes, gloves, and pants are required if you will be weeding.