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Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Nature Preserves With PVPLC

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Photo Credit: pvplc.org

Photo Credit: pvplc.org

If you’re planning a trip to Southern California, there are a variety of options for voluntourism opportunities. But instead of staying in Los Angeles, you can visit the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the incredible views and nature preserves. With various nature preserves sprinkled around the Peninsula, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a variety of options for volunteers. You can help local native plants thrive and take informative nature hikes that fit around your travel schedule. Check out the program below and remember to tune in to Peter Greenberg Worldwide this weekend for more information. Plus, don’t forget to check out our archive for all kinds of voluntourism opportunities.

Since its beginning in the 1988, The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC) has preserved over 1,600 acres of land. PVPLC is an organization that preserves undeveloped land and restores the habitats of the original native species to the area. A lot of this was accomplished by the hard work of volunteers, and PVPLC allows ample opportunities for those who are there to visit, allowing them to enjoy the scenery while giving back.

The PVPLC nature preserves are located in various areas on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California. Visitors can take in sweeping views while contributing to keeping this beautiful land clean, preserving species that are in danger, and assisting in helping this area thrive. For instance, one of the locations is Portuguese Bend, where volunteers can work to clean up the area while looking at breathtaking views of the ocean and Catalina Island.

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Photo Credit: pvplc.org

PVPLC is the perfect opportunity for the volunteer on the go because, in addition to the beautiful locations, the program caters to each individual volunteer’s interests and most of the volunteer options are on a single day at a set time. Individuals can volunteer at their leisure and do not have to make a regular commitment. This lets volunteers pass through with the ability to make a difference during their stay.

If you enjoy gardening, participants can help by planting indigenous plants through the Outdoor Volunteer Days Program. If a person would rather just go for a hike, that is also an option. The KEEPERS program, Keeping an Extra Eye on the Preserves for Environmental Review and Stewardship program, lets individuals hike a designated section of a preserve and report their findings. The Conservancy has numerous contribution options and each one matches the person’s preferences.

Whether it is a passion for preserving different species that could go extinct, spending time outside, taking in gorgeous views, or just simply hiking, PVPLC caters to the needs but also the interests of the visiting volunteer. To learn more and to become a volunteer, visit the website at pvplc.org/_volunteer/index.asp.

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By Kandice Martellaro for PeterGreenberg.com

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