Living Arroyos

Public volunteer days

We need your help! Volunteers are needed to help with planting, monitoring, and maintaining our sites. Community workdays are fun and interesting ways to learn more about our streams while helping bring them to life.

Creeks to Bay Clean-up:

We are working with the Tri-Valley Adopt-a-Creek Spot to host the Creeks to Bay Clean-up on September 23, 2023. This is part of a global effort called Coastal Clean-up Day to prevent trash from entering our oceans.

RSVP for your neighborhood creek:
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Our volunteer days are typically scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from October through April.

Here are the upcoming events for the season:

  • October 7, 2023
  • November 4, 2023


9 am – 12:00 pm

Suggested clothing/gear:

  • Shirt/pants/shorts you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Hat (in sunny weather)
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Gardening gloves if you have them

***NOTE: For the time being, we ask that you please bring your own water, snacks and gloves.  We will have disposable gloves available on site if needed.***


Every volunteer must have a signed waiver on file:

  • If you’re under 18: please bring a release form filled out by a parent/guardian.
  • If you are over 18: you will fill one out for yourself.
  • Waivers and release forms are available on our website!  – View or print
  • Waivers will also be available onsite.

NOTE: You only need to fill out a release form ONCE and you’re good for the year (Oct-Apr)!

Volunteer activities:

Daily activity depends on season and weather.  Types of activities include planting trees, controlling invasive species, watering new plants, and more!

We provide:

  • Tools
  • Disposable Gloves

All ages welcome! Children under 12 must be accompanied with an adult.

You can also get volunteer announcements sent to you by following us on Facebook or Twitter; if you’d like to receive email announcements, sign up on our home page.

Group volunteer days

Do you work for a business that believes in social responsibility? Are you a member of a community organization that enjoys giving time to important causes? Plan a volunteer day for your team! Volunteer workdays with Living Arroyos give groups the chance to give back to their community while they have fun, work together, and connect with one another. Workdays are excellent team building tools and promote positive morale among participants.

To make arrangements for your group or to schedule a weekday workday, contact us at

Skilled volunteers

We are seeking help with several scientific studies we’re undertaking that will evaluate alternative planting and vegetation management techniques, track indicators of ecosystem health, and assess changes over time in how people are using streamside environments. We’re especially looking for expert birders, people with strong knowledge of native plants, and anyone with experience in field data collection. If you’d like to be involved, email us with a brief description of your background and interests!


All state and local requirements pertaining to COVID-19 will be followed. If you have a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19, think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have a pending COVID-19 test, we ask that you refrain from attending the event. All activities will be held outdoors. Staff will have hand sanitizer available and will structure the event to encourage adequate spacing, but consider bringing/wearing a mask for times where there may be close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated.