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Volunteer opportunities

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The generosity of people who choose to spend occasional weekends working out in the forests, meadows, and waterways of the Cascades is a huge part of what makes many of our science and restoration programs possible. Anyone can join CFC’s community of volunteers and become a part of impactful science and restoration projects throughout the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Volunteer science and restoration trips take place every year from late spring through early fall. Trips vary in difficulty and length. Most trips span a weekend. CFC provides volunteers reserved camping spots during multi day projects. Volunteers are welcome to join us for one or multiple days unless noted otherwise in the trip description.

Read the VOLUNTEER FAQ below to learn more about how to be safe and prepared for volunteer trips with CFC.

2021 volunteer projects

WHEN: 10:00am Saturday, Oct. 30th – 3:00pm Sunday, Oct. 31st

Meeting location: Randle, WA

Project site: Upper Cispus River/Yellowjacket Creek

Trip leader: Amanda Keasberry

In partnership with Cowlitz Indian Tribe, we will be planting native saplings near in-stream restoration sites to promote quick recovery and revegetation. At the confluence of the Cispus River and Yellowjacket Creek, there have been some major restoration efforts to deepen and enhance an existing side channel near the confluence of Yellowjacket Creek and the Cispus River. This location will provide excellent rearing habitat for juvenile coho, winter steelhead, and spring Chinook salmon. Because we couldn’t get out to plant her last year, we have thousands of trees to plant. This is the first planting trip of the fall, if you can’t make this one, please consider joining the one in November!

Difficulty: 3 out of 5 || This trip entails full days of physical labor and hiking through uneven terrain with heavy gear.

You’ll need:

  • Sturdy waterproof hiking boots
  • Rain gear
  • Sun protection
  • Day pack with food, water, and other essentials
  • Camping gear

We’ll provide:

  • Gloves
  • Shovels
  • Orange vests
  • Planting bags to carry trees

Lodging: TBD

WHEN: 10:00am Saturday, Nov. 6th – 3:00pm Sunday, Nov. 7th

Meeting location: Randle, WA

Project site: Upper Cispus River/Yellowjacket Creek

Trip leader: Amanda Keasberry

In partnership with Cowlitz Indian Tribe, we will be planting native saplings near in-stream restoration sites to promote quick recovery and revegetation. At the confluence of the Cispus River and Yellowjacket Creek, there have been some major restoration efforts to deepen and enhance an existing side channel near the confluence of Yellowjacket Creek and the Cispus River. This location will provide excellent rearing habitat for juvenile coho, winter steelhead, and spring Chinook salmon. Because we couldn’t get out to plant her last year, we have thousands of trees to plant. Help us plant the last few thousands of plants at this site.

Difficulty: 3 out of 5 || This trip entails full days of physical labor and hiking through uneven terrain with heavy gear.

You’ll need:

  • Sturdy waterproof hiking boots
  • Rain gear
  • Sun protection
  • Day pack with food, water, and other essentials
  • Camping gear

We’ll provide:

  • Gloves
  • Shovels
  • Orange vests
  • Planting bags to carry trees

Lodging: TBD

completed trips from 2021

April 17-18: Yellowjacket Creek planting trip 1

April 24-25: Yellowjacket Creek planting trip 2

July 9-11: Preparing old-growth near Mt. Adams for fire

July 31 – August 1: Huckleberry picking and monitoring

August 6-8: Wildlife camera survey

August 21: Native seed collection

August 27-29: Beaver dam analog 

September 11-12: Surveying for lamprey

September 25: Restoration planting in Oregon spotted frog habitat

October 2-3: Mt. Adams post-fire planting

everyone makes a difference

Anyone—regardless of age, ability, or income—can make a lasting positive impact in the Cascades. In addition to joining us in the field, volunteers help at our Vancouver, WA office, at our annual Auction & Gala and other events, and more. To learn more about how you can get involved in the way that best meets your needs, email us at info(at)cascade forest.org. 

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