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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.
Rancho del Oso Needs YOU to Volunteer in the park!
Training Classes begins in April 2014
Have you ever dreamt of afternoons spent in the company of a Grizzly Bear? Wondered what it would have been like as logger in the Waddell Valley? Planned to ride your bike to see a nearly 70 foot tall waterfall? Join our family of naturalists and enjoy the many benefits of being a volunteer at Rancho del Oso – Big Basin Redwoods State Park! As a volunteer at Rancho del Oso, participants attend a multiple-week training session to become docent naturalists skilled in interpreting the natural and cultural history of the area. Rancho del Oso docents lead guided walks, provide roving naturalist duty and host the Nature and History Center and Ranger Station. Training will be held for four Saturdays, starting April 19.
To participate, please contact Morgan at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center at (831) 427-2288 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Positions Available at San Mateo Coast State Parks
California State Parks is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help at Pigeon Point Light Station Historic Park, Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, and Half Moon Bay State Beach. Volunteer activities include nature walk guides, visitor center and bookstore operation, lighthouse keepers (docents), and school program leaders. There is something for everyone whether you prefer being active outdoors or you prefer sharing knowledge in an indoor setting. New volunteers will learn all they need to know through a series of training sessions meeting on Tuesday evenings beginning February 4, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay.
Contact Nelle or Angie to reserve a space or find out more:
HMBParksVolunteer@Parks.ca.gov or (650) 726-8804 voicemail box 7#.
Volunteers may choose to help in one or more of the parks highlighted below. There is also a need for volunteers to lead school field trips in the parks and present programs at local schools on weekdays.
If you love lighthouses, the ocean, and the beautiful San Mateo coast, you’ll enjoy serving as a volunteer docent/keeper at Pigeon Point Light Station. Each year, Pigeon Point receives over 100,000 visitors from around the world. The site is spectacular and full of history. Lighthouse volunteers can contribute in several ways: conduct tours of the lighthouse grounds to share the natural and cultural history of Pigeon Point; answer visitors’ questions about the lighthouse tower and its history; operate the lighthouse bookstore; lead a shore-based whale-watching program in the spring; help with the Annual Lighthouse Anniversary Celebration; or work on preservation and maintenance projects, including native plant restoration.
If you would enjoy exploring one of the few remaining coastal wetlands south of San Francisco and discovering migrating birds at an important stopover point along the Pacific Flyway, then becoming a Pescadero Marsh docent is for you. The marsh is home to a variety of animals and plants, including nesting great blue herons, endangered red-legged frogs and endangered San Francisco garter snakes. Volunteers are trained in the history and ecology of the marsh and become experts in its evolution, its habitats, and the species that depend on it. Trained volunteer docents participate in many ways. They lead guided nature walks, act as roving naturalists who answer visitors’ questions, lead school groups, participate as citizen scientists in research projects, and help create and maintain trails and informational displays.
If you like the beach then Half Moon Bay State Beach has many volunteer opportunities for you. Volunteers operate a visitor center with displays on various cultural and natural aspects of local state parks. They answer visitors’ questions about the parks, the local area, and the informational exhibits; they also handle sales of books and other educational materials. Volunteers may also conduct bird surveys or work in native plant restoration and the nursery. Volunteers may receive additional training to help develop and present special programs for students, both in their classrooms and in the park.
Volunteers have an important role in state park educational programs. Each year, statewide, approximately 550,000 school children attend formal interpretive programs in state parks and over 48,000 students benefit from presentations that state parks staff and volunteers bring to the schools.
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.