May 2020
A large group of volunteers in warm clothes cuts down French broom
AmeriCorps members from the CalSERVES program cut down and pull the invasive weed French broom, making room for native plants to grow . Photo: Friends of Westwood Hills
Partner Profile: Friends of Westwood Hills

Friends of Westwood Hills Park, formed in August 2018, is a volunteer-driven initiative to enhance and maintain Westwood Hills Park. Volunteer workdays supplement the efforts of the City of Napa Parks and Recreation Services Department and promote community involvement. The Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District (NRPOSD), along with the Napa Resource Conservation District, have facilitated efforts for 16+ volunteer workdays as partners in the program. Additional partners include Connolly Ranch, Carolyn Parr Nature Center, the local fire department, and the Latinx community.

Community workday opportunities include work on trail maintenance, establishment of a pollinator garden, and management/treatment of invasive French broom ( Genista monspessulana) to reduce the risk of fire and to promote the growth of native species. Volunteer days at Westwood Hills Park have typically been held on the third and fourth Saturdays, December through April, for a period of 2-3 hours, preceded by a safety talk and refreshments.

In the 2018-2019 season, Friends of Westwood Hills Park successfully removed about 10% of the French broom in the park, with the help of 236 volunteers. They have since evolved from removing and transporting the entire broom plant from the park to a cut-and-scatter method. The new method eliminates the resource-intensive city employee labor, trucks, and diesel emissions for increasing efficiency and reducing climate impacts. The remaining treated broom plants will contribute to soil building.

Friends of Westwood is looking for skilled volunteers for tracking indicators of ecosystem health, contributing social media and graphic arts skills, and sharing natural history knowledge. As a unique urban/wildland park in the Napa municipal park system, Westwood Hills Park stands out as a place to walk, run, enjoy the incredible summit view, and simply enjoy the outdoors.

Learn how you can contribute to this unique and popular community hub! Contact Friends of Westwood Hills Park to volunteer.
Wildland Weed training goes online!
In the interest of health and safety, we have cancelled all in-person training sessions. Join us online instead!

1:30 - 3 pm

Once you have registered, a link to the online training will be sent in follow up emails.
volunteers stand over a pile of cut French broom
Photo: Jay Bailinson, Friends of Westwood Hills
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A large group of volunteers in work clothes smiles while holding bright orange weed wrenches and other tools
Photo: Friends of Westwood Hills Park
Find more Wildland Volunteer Network resources online
Looking for more ways to connect? Find resources on the Wildland Volunteer Network section of Cal-IPC's website:

  • Online map of Bay Area Volunteer projects
  • Organizations to volunteer with, sorted by county
  • Archive of email newsletters with partner profiles
Photo: Michael Viramonte
The Wildland Volunteer Network helps strengthen volunteer connections in the Bay Area and beyond. Learn more about WVN.