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Do you want to help support our local state parks and beaches, meet new people, do something new and have a ton of fun in the process? Then we need you!
Volunteering for Friends events and activities is fun and rewarding. For just a few hours per month, you will help protect and preserve our beautiful Santa Cruz County State Parks and Beaches for now and future generations to enjoy and cherish.
There are various events and activities that we need your help with. If you are over the age of 18 and interested in becoming a Friends volunteer, please click here to register.
Volunteering- A Great New Year’s Resolution! Get Involved and Give Back at Wilder Ranch State Park
Get your hands busy at Wilder Ranch, where the park’s educational programs depend on volunteers. Becoming a park docent is a great way to get involved and give back to your community. The success of Wilder Ranch’s programs depend on volunteers, and park staff lead a series of in-depth training classes just once per year, so sign up now for your spot! Training begins Saturday, February 7, at 10 am at the park’s historic Meder Home. After training, new volunteers give a minimum of 6 hours per month by hosting activity stations, leading nature walks, conducting tours of the grounds and buildings in the historic complex, and helping with events. Call (831) 426-0505 to request an information and application packet and become a docent at one of Santa Cruz’s most treasured state parks!
Volunteers are especially needed to help with events, hikes and school groups. Especially needed are weekday volunteers to help lead activity stations for school groups who attend the park’s “ranch kid’s days” where students get to experience life on the ranch first-hand at volunteer-led activity stations. The success of this program is based on the number of volunteers available to lead each activity. Students come from local schools to try their hand at many early-day tasks including forging iron in the blacksmith shop, examining the workings of the water-powered Pelton Wheel, grooming the horses, churning butter from fresh cream, baking muffins and cookies and preparing vegetable soup on the wood burning oven, shucking corn to feed to the chickens, and washing laundry using bar soap, a grater, tubs, washboards, wringers and an old-fashioned iron. The day is an unforgettable lesson in local history for the kids, and a great way for you to volunteer, get involved, and give back.
To share your time to make these programs possible, please contact Barbara at Barbara.Cooksey@parks.ca.gov, or call the park at (831) 426-0505.
Volunteer with the Trail Crew (must be 18 years of age or older)
Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts from 9:00 a.m. until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park’s ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters.
Check www.bigbasintrailcrew.org to confirm dates and time.