Categories: CampingUpdates & news

Volunteer and Camp! Join Us for Earth Day and Night 2016

Join forces with us to make Earth Day a little greener this year! For the first time, we’re organizing stewardship days across multiple private camps that have listed their land on Hipcamp.

Volunteer projects range from creating trails and gardens to removing invasive plants.

After a day’s work, volunteers are encouraged to camp overnight, and bask in the fruits of their labor over a communal campfire! Since we’re just starting out, we’re keeping the events close to home in California. But if you want to volunteer for these types of projects in your area, just let us know by filling out our community form! Although Earth Day is one day of the year, we believe in celebrating Mother Earth year-round, and definitely plan to increase stewardship & camp opportunities throughout 2016.

Read below for the locations of Hipcamp Earth Day & Night 2016 events, and click on the corresponding link to RSVP for one near you. Many of the events offer perks such as meals and activities, so make sure to check out more than one. We look forward to seeing you out there!

Northern California

Under the Oaks Volunteer Day
Where: Fiddletown, CA
When: Friday, April 22 at 9AM – Saturday, April 23 at 11AM
Spots available: 4
Projects include

  • Clearing brush along the creek
  • Weeding planting beds in garden to prepare for Spring & Summer
  • Create a path down to the creek

Breakfast is provided the next morning!


Camp Cruz Volunteer Day
Where: Santa Cruz, CA
When: Saturday, April 23 at 10:30AM – Sunday, April 24 at 12PM
Spots available: 15
Projects include:

  • Piling and breaking fallen redwood branches. Walk around the forest and collect branches that have fallen on the ground this winter.
  • Raking leaves
  • Building a compostable toilet. Help build the floor, walls, and roof of a small room to be used for composting toilet.

Some food for communal dinner and breakfast will be provided, which volunteers will help prep (all cooking equipment including fuel will be provided).


Mendocino Magic Volunteer Days
Where: Mendocino, CA
When: Thursday, April 14 at 12PM – Wednesday, April 20 at 6PM
Spots available: 20+
*This event is being held prior to Earth Day due to festivities in Mendocino County
Projects include:

  • Creating edible garden
  • Reservoir Trail Clearing
  • Glampsite platform clearing

Stay inside the Stage House, Pond House, Glampsites, or camp under the stars. Meals provided: Breakfast is Oatmeal, Coffee & Tea, Yogurt and Fruit, Lunch is sandwiches, chips, lemonade and iced tea. Dinner is a mix of vegetarian and meat-eating options, beer and wine too but feel free to BYOB.


Oz Farm Volunteer Day
Where: Point Arena, CA
When: Saturday, April 16 at 12:30PM – Sunday, April 17 at 5PM
Spots available: 40
*This event is being held prior to Earth Day due to festivities in Mendocino County
Projects include:

  • Farm work, weeding & seeding.
  • Clearing trails. Help with clearing out any overgrown areas of encroaching species on main walking paths and hiking trails.
  • Clearing invasive species such as blackberries out of the orchard.
  • Farm field work. Help with basic farm work (transplanting, weeding, and seeding).

Communal potluck dinner for volunteers. The grill and wood fired pizza oven will be lit! A chance to harvest greens together at the end of the work day for a farm fresh salad!


WildTender Ranch Volunteer Day
Where: Pescadero, CA
When: Friday, April 22 at 10:00AM – Saturday, April 23 at 11:30AM
Spots available: 35
Projects include:

  • Till garden boxes and plant seeds
  • Spread wood chips, and place stones on soggy areas
  • Help build fence for small lamb enclosure, so lambs and pigs are safe.

Communal dinner for volunteers (firing up the BBQ for chicken). Coffee and pancakes in the morning!


Southern California

Jewel of the Mountains Volunteer Day
Where: Southern Big Sur, CA
When: Friday, April 22 at 10AM – Sunday, April 24 at 12PM
Spots available: 15
*Must have 4WD for access
Projects include:

  • Clear invasive plant species from the land

Be sure to bring a swimsuit if interested in swimming. Bring sunscreen and bug repellant!


Sky Camp Volunteer Day
Where: Joshua Tree, CA
When: Friday, April 22 at 7AM – Sunday, April 24 at 2PM
Spots available: 20
Projects include:

  • Trash clean up around the property and mountainside. Help clean up a lot of little bits of glass, bullet casings, clay pigeons, and trash. This beautiful and inspiring property needs to be cleaned up and brought back to it’s original glory!

Enjoy the unveiling of a 40 foot mural painted by local artist, Adam Rodriguez. Plus, a campfire presentation on local land conservation efforts, and a delicious campfire dinner complete with locally-made beer!


Two Sisters Farms Volunteer Day
Where: Temecula, CA
When: Saturday, April 23 at 10AM – Sunday, April 24 at 12PM
Spots available: 20
Projects include:

  • Planting drought tolerant plants and weeding.
  • Clearing brush and leaves.
  • Build a large compost bin!
  • Seeding grass


Cover photo by Katie Donahoe

Hipcamp is an online marketplace where you can list, discover, and book campsites and accommodations on private and public land. Hipcamp is your go-to guide to getting outside. If you’re a landowner, Hipcamp creates new revenue streams for your business, which can help conserve your land and keep it wild. #FindYourselfOutside #LeaveItBetter

Recent Posts

What makes a good Hipcamp Extra?

We’re so excited that you’re interested in adding Extras to your Hipcampers’ experiences! Extras allow Hosts to offer Hipcampers customizable…

4 weeks ago

Top Hosting Tips for This 4th of July Weekend

The 4th of July—stars and stripes, good eats, and hopefully, a fully booked campground! This is one of the year’s…

2 months ago

Support Local Makers: Shop Goods Made by Hipcamp Hosts

Hipcamp Hosts take pride in their land, caring for it and sharing it with the Hipcamp community. But beyond their…

2 months ago

Hipcamp Host COVID-19 Safety Standards

The health and safety of our community is our top priority during the novel coronavirus pandemic. With that, we’ve created…

3 months ago

How to Recreate Responsibly During COVID-19

The health and safety of our community is our top priority during the novel coronavirus pandemic. With that, we’ve created…

3 months ago

10 Ways to #LeaveItBetter in Honor of Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

Now more than ever, it’s important to appreciate the time we get to spend outdoors and care for our environment.…

4 months ago