Trip Ideas

Truckee trails crew working on Granite Chief trail sign

Be Part Of The Solution And See The Beauty Of Nevada County – Voluntourism Ideas

Connect with the Nevada County communities. Contribute positively to outdoor recreation opportunities from the Bear Yuba Land Trust to the High Sierra surrounding Truckee.

Tips & Resources

Take part in a voluntourism event when staying in Nevada County – Truckee, Bear Yuba Land TrustBicyclists of Nevada County (BONC)

Keep the rivers beautiful for your great, great grandkids to enjoy & join the annual Yuba River Cleanup or the Truckee River Day & Fair

By Alex Silgalis

Educated travelers understand that while small towns like Truckee and iconic natural resources like the Yuba are the lifeblood of the local community, there isn’t enough money or people to ensure future generations can enjoy them. You can help by following the Leave No Trace principles and being a responsible traveler. But if you want to go one step further and become a steward, here’s a few volunteer vacation ideas on how to make your trip a feel-good experience AND see some of our most cherished places up close.

Yuba River Clean-Up


After a summer of fun, you know the Yuba needs a little loving. For over 25 years, the South Yuba River Citizens League sets up a full week in September from Saturday to Saturday of self-guided river cleanup. And it all culminates with a community river cleanup on the last Saturday. For 2022, it starts on September 10th and runs through the 17th.

Truckee River Day

volunteers working in a marsh near Truckee River on a sunny fall day
Image appears courtesy: Truckee River Watershed Council – Photo by: Peter Kulchawik

Being the only outlet for Lake Tahoe means A LOT of people enjoy the pristine waters which flow down to Reno and into Pyramid Lake. And so just like the Yuba, this ribbon of natural wonder needs some love as well. Every year in mid-October, thousands of nature-lovers show up with their gumboots, buckets, shovels, and smiles to take on restoration projects throughout the watershed. For 2022, the 27th annual Truckee River Day and Fair is on October 16th.

Can’t Make It?

Take Care Truckee trails ambassador
Image appears courtesy: Visit Truckee-Tahoe

There are still plenty of ways you can leave a positive footprint on our communities. This can be as simple as buying a Sustainable Truckee Gift Card. Or better yet, check out the Bear Yuba Land TrustBicyclists of Nevada County (BONC), or Truckee’s Voluntourism page to see if there’s an event happening during your time in our region.

Regardless if you volunteer or not, we thank you for loving Nevada County like a local and doing your part to keeping it beautiful.


Alex Silgalis

Alex founded Local Freshies® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.

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