Earth Day 2011: What are you doing this year?

Earth Day 2011, this April 22, reminds us that even in this time of unprecedented environmental challenge, every citizen has the power to affect change on a local, national and global level.

What are You Doing this Earth Day?

We love Earth Day for all it does to raise awareness and benefit wild places — and of course it doesn't hurt that Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson was counselor to The Wilderness Society for many years.  If you love wild lands, we urge you to get out and volunteer on those lands this Earth Day. Whether you're interested in volunteering for an afternoon or an entire season, a variety of opportunities are available.

Need volunteer ideas? Grab some from our list below. Have volunteer ideas? Please feel free to leave them in our comment section:

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • National Parks: The National Park Service has numerous ongoing opportunities for volunteers to experience nature while contributing.  Work with scientists to protect endangered species or help out with trail maintenance. These and many other opportunities can be found at the National Park Service website.
  • Refuges: Assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with wildlife population surveys, leading tours of wildlife refuges, and restoring fragile habitat. Training is provided. Visit the USFWS volunteer page to find an opportunity in your area.
  • National Forests: The U.S. Forest Service offers individual and group projects maintaining trails, campgrounds or working in Wilderness areas, among others.
  • Bureau of Land Management Lands: Trail work, wildlife monitoring, campground hosting, planting trees and many other opportunites.

USFS volunteers.Other volunteer opportunities:

Local volunteer projects:

Know of other local volunteer opportunities? Please share them in our comments section below.

Photo: U.S. Forest Service