Volunteer Events


Friends of the Inyo believes we should all do our part to give back to the land as much as we get out of it. We aim to foster an ethic of public lands stewardship through our volunteer events. Working with partners and land management agencies, we engage the public throughout the year. Most opportunities for volunteering occur in the spring and fall in the Owens Valley and Summer in the high Sierra.

Our Work

Friends of the Inyo leads a variety of volunteer opportunities from short events to multi day wilderness stewardship. 

  • Wilderness Weeks offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to backpack or mule pack into remote trails and complete trail improvement projects with our partner Forest Service Wilderness ranger.  
  • Annual clean up events include June Lake trails day, Adopt-a-Crag events in climbing areas, and National Public lands day projects.
  • Various direct service projects help the community give back while supporting our policy campaigns for permanent protection. Examples include helping with standardized wilderness assessment surveys or repairing fencing to protect Cottonwood creek and the Bodie Hills. 

Find volunteer opportunities on our events calendar and see blog stories below which highlight our past events. 

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