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Make a Difference in your Parks and Greenways!

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Partners, Ambassadors, Leaders & Stewards


Did you know that each year 50% of Americans donate a total of more than 20 billion hours to various causes? The City's Park Division, like a number of agencies and non-profit groups in Chico, seeks volunteers to contribute to the care of our Parks and Greenways.

Why Volunteer in Chico Parks and Greenways?

  • FOR FUN!
  • It keeps you active and fit.
  • It provides you with new experiences.
  • Some classes offer academic or service hours credit.
  • To Connect with and give back to the Chico Community.
  • To feel good about yourself.
  • To make a positive difference.

You may even have some reasons unique to you!

CLICK HERE for a volunteer application. Thank you!

If you would like more information please call 530-896-7800 or via email

Listed below are just some of the volunteer opportunities in the Park: 


Everyone has their favorite spot in Chico's Parks and Greenways. Volunteers are needed to help care for these areas. Some tasks include weeding, cleaning BBQ grills, painting signs, litter removal and small construction projects. Once a spot has been adopted, Park staff will create a maintenance plan for the area to be followed by volunteers.

Litter Control

Individuals or groups are assigned or may choose a specific area of Bidwell Park to remove litter. In addition to these projects, the City co-sponsors several community-wide cleanups each year.

One Mile Oak Regeneration Project

The Oak Woodland trees of Bidwell Park are the most visible and vulnerable oak habitat in the Park. The regeneration and protection of baby oaks is vital to ensure that new generations of oak trees will inhabit Lower Bidwell Park. One Mile Recreation Area has designated oak regeneration sites that are neither irrigated nor landscaped. Volunteers help identify new oak seedlings then weed around them so they don’t compete with weeds and tall grasses for water and sunlight.

Park Ambassadors

Do you enjoy visiting Bidwell Park on a regular basis? Then consider joining PARK WATCH. Park Watch members are ambassadors to Bidwell Park. They provide visitors with information on Bidwell Park and the Chico area. Additionally they report any unusual activities or conditions to park rangers or maintenance staff. Park Watch trainings are conducted only once a year in the spring.  To join click on Volunteer Application and return to the Park Division. 

Sycamore Restoration Site

This restoration site was started by Streaminders several years ago at which time as part of its project, volunteers hand removed invasive  plants that are not found in California. This fall, the Park Division has hosted several work dates for continuing the removal of Himalayan blackberries, pokeweed and other invasives. The goal is to revegetate this restoration site with native trees such as willows and sycamores and native plants such as spice bush, santa barbara sedge, mugwort and deergrass.

Trail Maintenance & Repair

Volunteers work alongside our Park Trail crew to repair and maintain established trails (ie: constructing water bars to reduce trail erosion, clean drainage dips, etc.). Volunteers can also help eradicate and revegetate unauthorized "bootleg" trails. There are two Trail work seasons -- Fall and Spring -- in Upper Bidwell Park. .

Weeding & Habitat Restoration

Volunteers can help the Park Division reduce the amount of herbicides used in Bidwell Park by helping manually remove weeds and help plant California native plants in our restoration areas. Planting and weeding projects are normally confined to Lower Park near areas such as Caper Acres, the One-Mile Recreation Area, Sycamore Restoration site, Annie’s Glen, Cedar Grove, and Lost Park and in Middle Park's Five Mile Recreation Area..

Special Projects

Volunteers can perform specially designed projects in Bidwell Park. Construction projects such as information kiosks, shade structures, routed signs, and wood maps have been made by volunteers. Some Special Volunteer Projects* include:

  • The donation of funds & labor toward building accessible picnic sites in Lower Park.
  • GPS mapping of various invasive weed species in Bidwell Park.
  • The installation (and donation if possible) of split rail fence to replace old barriers.
  • Lower Park’s exercise Vita Course needs to be replaced. Donations of Vita Course exercise equipment are welcome.

*For costs associated with special projects or for more ideas on how you can volunteer in the Park, please call (530) 896-7800 or email:


Community Service

Youth and adults can complete community service or volunteer hours by participating in any of our drop-in programs or by scheduling a special project. Please arrive a few minutes early if you have any paperwork that needs to be signed and let the group leader know that you are completing service hours.

Volunteer Waiver Forms

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