Attend Conservation Committee Meetings
Join Our Student Volunteer Program
College and High School students are encouraged to apply for the Student Volunteer Internship Program with the Napa Sierra Club. The program begins in late January and lasts about 10 months. The application process usually begins in late November or December of the prior year. (Pictured: Emily Bit and Alisa Karesh.)
Members of our Executive Committee work with and mentor the volunteers to help them set their own objectives, which usually entails doing 5-6 activities and/or projects throughout the entire period. Attending and participating in at least five Conservation Committee meetings, which are highly educational, is mandatory.
Previous activities that students have completed include writing articles for our newsletter and/or the Napa Register on subjects like climate change, climate justice, or what favorite hikes the intern recommends. Interns have spoken publicly on behalf of the Napa Sierra Club at hearings and meetings at various governmental/environmental committees, such as the Napa County Climate Action Committee, County Board of Supervisors, Napa City Council, and elsewhere. They have spoken directly with legislators and other elected officials. (Digital art work, right, by Alisa Karesh, 2021 Student Volunteer.)
Creative activities associated with the environment are also encouraged, such as drawing or painting, photography, or writing poems or songs. Interns are asked to help with posting content on our social media pages too. Past volunteers have created educational environmental programs for younger students. Doing environmental research and presenting it is also appropriate. The question is, “What types of activities or projects related to the environment would you like to pursue?”
Students will receive a $500 stipend as well as a letter of recommendation to their college admissions and/or future employment. Please contact us for more information and/or access to our Online Student Volunteer Application.
Want a Way to Fight Climate Change Now? Join us at the Napa County Climate Challenge, aka RegenerationNapa.org
We sometimes wonder what we can do about Climate Change. Well there is something we can do right now without waiting for politicians to change policies (though it's still important to seek policy change from our elected officials).
Adopt a Park
A group of Sierra Club volunteers has been assisting the cultivation of young native plants at Napa’s Trancas Crossing Park, on Trancas and Soscol. Our work parties go out for a couple of hours at a time, weeding and mulching, while enjoying the cries of hawks, and the graceful soaring of swallows. To join our volunteer group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.