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

Check the calendar below for the next volunteer day at Big Oak Canyon!

Volunteer Day Tasks may include

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

All ages are welcome. Ages 12 and under require adult supervision. Parents will be responsible for their children throughout the day. Ages 12-17 need a parent or guardian’s signature on the release form. Tools will be provided. All volunteers must print and sign an Earthroots waiver prior to arrival.

View our COVID-19 Procedures and Guidelines.
No more than 10 volunteers are permitted during volunteer days. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing at events.

Please register on OneOC click the link below prior to the event to sign up. Directions to the volunteer site and additional information will be emailed when you sign up.

Groups interested in private volunteer opportunities, please send inquiry to [email protected]

What to Bring 

  • signed waiver
  • towel, plastic bag for your dirty clothes, and clean clothes to change into after working (optional)
  • bandana
  • water
  • snacks/lunch
  • mask

What to wear

  • closed-toed shoes
  • long pants
  • long-sleeved shirt
  • hat
  • gloves

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

– 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, remove 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.

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.

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.

Click here to read more about the Earthroots’ purchase of Big Oak Canyon.