Welcome Volunteers!


Welcome to Friends of the Desert Mountains (Friends) volunteer program. Volunteering for Friends is a treasure for the organization.  No matter what you do for Friends, it is greatly appreciated by our Board of Directors and staff.  We couldn’t do it without you and we hope that you enjoy working with us to make this experience outstanding.

The mission of the Friends of the Desert Mountains is to preserve land, to support education, conservation and research in the Coachella Valley, and to act as the support organization for the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

The Friends’ is an organization that values habitat acquisition and its divestiture to skilled land managers as the most important and effective tool for conservation in the Coachella Valley.  The key to success for the Friends is in partnering and leveraging dollars, resources and relationships in the community.

The Friends’ vision for the Coachella Valley is a thriving and productive community integrated with a healthy and sustainable natural environment.

Friends have been around for almost 30 years and we are still going strong.  We have helped preserve and conserve over 53,000 acres of land and currently hold title to approximately 17,000 acres. We average a volunteer group of approximately 125 that turn in over 12,000 hours in a year’s time.

Friends’ has a lot to offer to our volunteers. I hope you take the time to check out all the programs and trainings we provide to you for free.  We welcome you to our group and always remember that our doors are always open to you and to your ideas. Our success is your success!

Welcome and we’re honored to have you part of our team.

Tammy Martin

Executive Director