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Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office

Volunteer Opportunities

 National Public Lands Day:  Fargo Canyon Cleanup

Volunteers will assist the BLM staff and local community groups with the cleanup of Fargo Canyon, an area just north of Indio, Calif.  They will be picking up garbage, tires, yard waste, target-shooting remnants, and other household refuse littering the sides of the road. Volunteers will receive a NPLD t-shirt and one day fee-free pass to any federally managed site that charges an entry fee.

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 27th from 8:30 a.m. to noon, with a BBQ lunch to follow.

WHERE: Meet at the intersection of Dillon Rd and Fargo Canyon Rd (I-10 E to Dillon, head north 3 miles to Fargo Canyon Rd).  Alternatively, volunteers can meet at 7:30 a.m. to carpool from the BLM office at 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs.

WHY:  BLM and local residents seek assistance with cleanup efforts within Fargo Canyon.  This canyon is adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, and as such, is a gateway to the park. Cleaning the area will benefit local wildlife by returning the area back to its natural setting, and residents of the Coachella Valley will be able to enjoy this scenic canyon even more.

WHAT TO BRING:  Gloves will be provided; however, supplies are limited.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own personal supplies including sunscreen, hat, closed-toed shoes, etc.  Light snacks and drinks (waters, Gatorade) will be provided, as well as a BBQ lunch afterwards. 

Volunteers must RSVP by October 24th to ensure enough lunch for everyone!  Contact Jennifer Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator at (760) 833-7117 or by email at  for more information.

Volunteers under 18 years of age will need the signature of their parent or guardian on the Volunteer Services Agreement form BEFORE starting work.  Please bring Page 1 of the form with you to the event.