- Spending time outdoors makes you happier and healthier.
- Volunteering helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your personal and professional skills.
- Designing trips that reflect your interests and passions to create eye-opening experiences for others is rewarding.
- Connecting your community -- including under-represented people in the conservation movement -- to the outdoors can help protect the environment.
- Decide how you want to lead; outdoors or behind the scenes -- or both!
- Learn what opportunities await you and apply on our Volunteer Opportunities Page.
- Ready to get trained? Start now by visiting our Resources page.
Volunteer Leader Training
National Outings Training Trip - Desert Backpacking, Apr 20–24, 2016.
Want to lead the trips in Sierra magazine? Then this training is for you! Grow your leadership and desert backpacking skills by leading your peers in the Galiuro Mountains above the giant saguaro cactus forests of the Sonoran Desert and among the huge Arizona cypress trees and towering Douglas firs. Spend your days honing your route finding and desert backpacking skills and your evenings discussing the joys and challenges of trip leading. Prior to the field section, develop your trip planning skills by designing your own “mock” outing in the four months prior to this trip.
"It's always a thrill to help people who look at these trails in Canyon de Chelly and say that there is no way they can make it up them. I feel great being able to reply with a gentle, 'Just follow me, we'll take our time and we'll all make it together.' The new sense of accomplishment and self-esteem that one has after completing a trip is just wonderful."
—Ann Daigle, National Outings Leader