Community Programs & Volunteer Opportunities

Action Leaning Teams

The ALTs create dynamic intergenerational hands on learning communities, bringing first year seminar students, returning undergraduates, masters students in the Sustainable Communities Program and community partners from children to elders into a collaborative relationship in order to advance commonwealth, ecological flourishing, and promote and learn from the rich diversity of our region.
View volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved.

The Arboretum at Flagstaff

The Arboretum at Flagstaff’s Mission is to increase the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and plant communities native to the Colorado Plateau, to identify, evaluate, display, and introduce plants adaptable to the climatic and soil conditions of the Flagstaff environment, to seek through scientific research innovative solutions to conservation issues of this high altitude environment, and to develop educational programs that increase the understanding of the need for wise stewardship of our natural environment. 

The Arboretum recruits volunteers throughout the year.

Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL)

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
Learn more about them from their national site or their local Facebook site.
You can join CCL here and be on the lookout for potential Flagstaff internships!

City of Flagstaff Environmental Services

The City of Flagstaff has a plethora of volunteer opportunities. To view a full list visit their website. If you are specifically interested in sustainability, view the City's Sustainability Program and their Community Stewards Program for volunteer information. The Flagstaff Sustainability Program serves the community and municipal organization as a catalyst for economic, environmental and social sustainability through policy development, project implementation, leadership, and education.

Civic Service Institute

The Civic Service Institute provides a wide range of volunteer opportunities for students, seniors, and other community members.

Coconino County Sustainable Building Program

The Coconino County Sustainable Building Program (CCSBP) is focused on conservation, energy efficiency, renewable, affordability, applicability, and innovation. 

Coconino County Sustainable Economic Development Initiative

Northern Arizona University works with the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) in a number of ways:

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Support regional growers and buy through the Flagstaff CSA and Local Market.
Volunteer with CSA and learn all about the local market!

Diablo Trust

Diablo Trust is group of ranchers, environmentalists, federal and state land managers, scientists, recreationists, and other volunteers who working together to sustain open space, live in balance with biodiversity, produce high quality food, restore watersheds, create stable, living soils, achieve community and "constantly learn from the land and share knowledge... so there will always be a West." 

Flagstaff Dark Skies 

NAU’s Mountain Campus is proud of its partnerships with others to protect northern Arizona’s extraordinary nighttime environment while simultaneously creating and maintaining a secure community on campus. Flagstaff is the World’s First International Dark Sky City, recognized around the planet for visionary leadership and public policy. For decades NAU has played an important role in that achievement. If lost, the unspoiled northern Arizona night-sky will be difficult, if not impossible, to reclaim. For more information, visit Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition website. 

Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition Flier

Flagstaff Family Food Center

The Flagstaff Family Food Center provides nutritional meals in a safe environment and assists children with reading, homework, and social skills. Find ways that you can volunteer with Flagstaff Family Food Center. 


Flagstaff Foodlink cultivates and celebrates local, healthy, equitable, and resilient food systems in our community. Email Flagstaff Foodlink for more information about volunteer opportunities. 

Friends of Flagstaff's Future

Friends of Flagstaff’s Future strives to promote an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and economically prosperous Flagstaff through community education, citizen engagement, and advocacy. Friends of Flagstaff's Future has ample opportunities for volunteer work and you can also follow them on Facebook.

Friends of the Rio de Flag

Friends of the Rio de Flag promote the Rio de Flag's natural stream system as a unique and valuable natural resource, an asset, and amenity to the City of Flagstaff and the surrounding community. The goal of FoRio is to protect, restore, clean up and improve the Rio de Flag and its tributaries to maximize their aesthetic, educational, recreational, and natural resource values, including the riparian habitats. You can become a member of Friends of the Rio de Flag and learn about all the work they do and any volunteer opportunities. 

Friends of Verde River Greenway

Friends of Verde River Greenway is a nonprofit organization with the mission to preserve, enhance and promote the scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Verde River Greenway. Check out ways that you can volunteer with them!

Grand Canyon Trust

The mission of the Grand Canyon Trust is to protect and restore the Colorado Plateau, which includes its spectacular landscapes, flowing rivers, clean air, diversity of plants and animals, and areas of beauty and solitude. Discover ways you can get involved and volunteer opportunities. 

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Arizona, Inc. is one of hundreds of Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country. Habitat for Humanity International provides resources and guidance to deliver valuable services. At the same time they build and repair affordable homes to remedy our poverty housing in Flagstaff and throughout Northern Arizona. Check out their volunteer opportunities!

Local First Arizona

Local First Arizona seeks to promote, support, and celebrate a vibrant and sustainable Arizona economy by educating citizens about local business ownership, social equity, cultural diversity, environmental kinship, and collaboration. Local First provides a handful of volunteer opportunitites, so email them and see where your fit could be!

Sierra Club, Arizona’s Grand Canyon Chapter

The Sierra Club is one of the oldest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. The Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter was formed in 1966 in order to focus attention on stopping dams in Grand Canyon. Their work to protect the Colorado River and Grand Canyon National Park continue today and have been joined by a number of programs to safeguard other areas and issues. Explore their extensive volunteer opportunities. 

Slow Food

Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food network of over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, they link the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible. Their mission as an international grassroots membership organization is good, clean and fair food for all.


Terra BIRDS is a non-profit team of educators, professional gardeners and youth advocates offering programs based around the themes of stewardship of the environment, personal wellness, community strength and resiliency, and occupational success. 

Verde River Basin Partnership

The Verde River Basin Partnership uses credible science to provide educational outreach to help engage people and empower them to protect this critical resource that deserves our attention. If this sounds like something for you, check out their volunteer opportunities.