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Voluntourism Spotlight: Enjoy the Outdoors While Giving Back

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If you’re traveling to Northern California, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. But what about giving back while kayaking, hiking, or sightseeing? Check out the voluntourism 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.

If you enjoy being outdoors, consider volunteering at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. From spending time on the campgrounds, on the water, or stargazing, Whiskeytown is full of fun activities for the outdoor lover, making it an excellent place to volunteer.

Established November 8, 1965, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area encompasses 42,497 acres of land that surrounds the 3,200 acre Whiskeytown Lake. The area was founded with the goal of creating an outdoor public recreation use of the land and reservoirs while preserving the ecosystem and history of the area for generations to come.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area functions almost entirely on the work of volunteers. Volunteers do everything from staffing the Visitor Center to assisting park rangers with special programs, such as being a Kayak Assistant for free kayak tours, helping with historic orchard restoration, among others. There are volunteer opportunities for all ages, however, minors under the age of 18 must have parental consent.

While there are many opportunities for volunteers on a regular schedule, there are also plenty for travelers who volunteer on the go.You can assist with special events, such as the annual Pick Up Lake Litter Day or the Old Time Holidays event held the fist weekend in December, and many more. Participants can count on giving back to the National Park Service, while enjoying the fresh air, outdoors, and physical activity.

And that means everything from kayaking, to hiking, to learning about astronomy.

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By Kandice Martellaro for