How to help protect the Northern Yosemite region

At CSERC, we work to protect the environment in the Northern Yosemite and Central Sierra Nevada region by defending water, wildlife and wild places. As a non-profit organization, we can’t do it without help from our members and those who support our cause.

Are you interested in helping to protect the environment of the Northern Yosemite region?

Below we have listed many different ways you can help us make a difference for the local environment.

  • If you like to do hands on work, we could use your help on our volunteer restoration projects.

  • Sign up for our activist alerts if you are interested in environmental activism.

  • You can even help out while you grocery shop by using special ‘rewards’ cards you can request here.

Read on – we are sure that you will find a way you can get involved and help protect water, wildlife and wild places in the Sierra Nevada!

Become a member

As a non-profit organization, we rely on support from our members. Please consider making a donation and becoming a member today. You can donate once or sign up for a monthly contribution. Any amount helps!

Learn about our giving levels, and what your support helps to provide.

Make a Bequest

Leaving a bequest to CSERC can provide a legacy of vital support that can benefit the scenic beauty, wildlife, and wild places of the world-renowned Northern Yosemite region far into the future.


Volunteer workdays help restore special places in the Sierra Nevada

Do you like to get outside, work with your hands and see the results of your efforts? Sign up and participate in one of our volunteer workdays to make a difference for our local environment. Click on the link to see our next scheduled workdays.

Earn donations for CSERC while you shop

Save Mart -We are grateful to our members who have been using their SHARES card at Save Mart - and now it is even easier! Register your phone number online here: or send us your info and we can sign you up - then all you have to do is provide your phone number at checkout so Save Mart donates to us on your behalf! If you have a Save Mart Rewards Card, you can register that card with eScrip so that you can use your rewards card to earn money for CSERC.

Twain Harte Market - 
Many thanks to our members who have been using their "Community Card" at the Twain Harte Market. When you use your card at the time of your purchase, the store donates a percentage of your total to CSERC. It's super easy. The only challenge is to remember to show the cashier your card.

Amazon Smile - Do you shop online? Shop and the Amazon Smile program will donate to CSERC when you buy! Click to learn more.

Do you want to get your own Community Card? We are eager for more people to sign up for this helpful program.
E-mail Julia, and she will mail you the card you want.
Request a CSERC Rewards Card

Be a watchdog

Help be nature's eyes and ears and document resource damage, invasive species and rare plants and animals in our region.

Host a CSERC house party

Bring CSERC to your home, and we'll share with you and your party our in-depth knowledge on topics such as rare wildlife of the Sierra Nevada, wildfire forest ecology, environmental issues affecting our area, or the natural history of our mountains.

Interested in local activism?

Sign-up for activist alerts to help write letters or speak about key issues. We stay informed about projects and development across the Northern Yosemite region. When we recognize opportunities where local activists can make a difference, we reach out to them to write or speak on behalf of the environment. There is no obligation, and we typically reach out to our activists a handful of times a year.