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Amazon Watch - Amazon Watch works to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. They partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems.

The Audubon Society - Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Their national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund - Established in 1995, The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit, public interest law firm providing free and affordable legal services to communities facing threats to their local environment, local agriculture, the local economy, and quality of life. Their mission is to build sustainable communities by assisting people to assert their right to local self-government and the rights of nature.

EarthCorps - EarthCorps is a non-profit organization founded in 1993. It is dedicated to building global community through local environmental restoration service. As an AmeriCorps affiliate, EarthCorps provides one-year intensive programs for young adults (18-25) to learn best practices in conservation techniques and develop skills in leading volunteers (ages 8-80). EarthCorps provides volunteer opportunities for individuals and/or groups to work on trails, remove invasive plants, and plant native species.

Earth Day Network - Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other
groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.

Earthwatch Institute - Earthwatch Institute’s mission is to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists, educators and the general public. To realize this mission, Earthwatch Institute has three recognized areas of focus: Research, Education and Conservation. As an Earthwatch volunteer you will be volunteering your time and energy to a scientific field research or conservation project in one of 50 or so countries around the world. No special skills necessary to volunteer. Earthwatch volunteers range in age from 10 to 90.

Friends of the Earth International - Friends of the Earth International is the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 77 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, they campaign on today's most urgent environmental and social issues. They challenge the current model of economic and corporate globalization, and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.

Greenpeace - Greenpeace works, through their environmental campaigns, to 'bear witness' to environmental destruction in a peaceful, non-violent manner. They seek solutions for, and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices. There are a variety of ways to get involved in their work from taking action online through a blog or facebook page, to signing a petition, to joining their Student Network or taking a Greenpeace Organizing Term semester where you will receive hands-on training to become an environmental leader.

Keep America Beautiful - Keep America Beautiful, Inc. is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of nearly 1,000 affiliate and participating organizations, KAB forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community's environment. Keep America Beautiful affiliates offer year-round volunteer opportunities, internships, learning programs, and more.

The National Park Service: Volunteer - Includes information about the National Park Service Volunteers In Parks Program (VIP). Find volunteer opportunities by park or state.

National Wildlife Federation - The National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. They provide a variety of opportunities for individuals to volunteer. Volunteers work in their communities or behind the scenes to achieve the National Wildlife Federation's mission to confront global warming, protect wildlife habitat and connect people to nature.

Natural Resources Defense Council - NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.2 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

Nature Conservancy - The Nature Conservancy works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Their site offers resources to help people protect nature and biodiversity.

Roots and Shoots - The Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. Roots & Shoots is guided by the founding principles and extraordinary vision of Dr. Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist, environmentalist and humanitarian. Her firm belief that young people, when informed and empowered, when they realize that what they do truly makes a difference, can indeed change the world, is at the very heart of the program. Roots & Shoots—dedicated to inspiring tomorrow's leaders today—not only motivates young people to learn about pertinent issues facing our local and global communities, but helps them actually design, lead and implement their own projects as a means of solving them. With tens of thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members make a difference across the globe.

Sierra Club: Volunteer Vacation - Sierra Club offers Sierra Club Outings and Group and Chapter Outings. Service trips range from helping with research projects at whale calving grounds in Maui to assisting with archaeological site restoration in New Mexico. Usually, service trip participants team up with forest service rangers or park service personnel to restore wilderness areas, maintain trails, clean up trash and campsites, and remove non-native plants. Fee based.

WildAid - WildAid is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization headquartered in San Francisco with representation in China, India, Galapagos, London and Canada. They focus on raising awareness to reduce the demand for threatened and endangered species products and to increase public support for wildlife conservation.

The World Widelife Fund (WWF) - The World Wildlife Fund is the world's largest independent conservation organization with over 5 million supporters, working in more than 100 countries, supporting around 1300 conservation and environmental projects around the world. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge they work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species; promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution. They are committed to reversing the degradation of our planet's natural environment and to building a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature.