Volunteers Bring Historic Santa Cruz Dairy Ranch Alive!
Sign-up Now for Training that Begins Saturday, February 1 at 10:00 AM Once a year, Wilder Ranch State Park pulls together a series of in-depth classes for new docent volunteers. Docents give heart and soul to the “Life on the Ranch” and other activities that make Wilder Ranch State Park such a fun, interesting, hands-on place to visit. Sign-ups take place now through January; training begins Saturday, February 1, at 10:00am in the park’s historic Meder Home. Call (831) 426-0505 to request an information packet and become a docent at one of Santa Cruz’s most treasured state parks!
Volunteer docents help with school group programs, present living history demonstrations, put on events like the annual Harvest Festival, help care for farm animals, lead hikes and building tours and host the visitor center. One of the most rewarding activities to be involved with at Wilder Ranch is the “Ranch Kids Day” program, where school-children experience local history as they visit a host of hands-on stations led by docents. 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.
To share your time and make these programs possible, please call the park at (831) 426-0505. Submit a volunteer application now through January 2014.
Have fun and do good.
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 contact our Membership Coordinator Cathryn at Cathryn@ThatsMyPark.org or (831)429-1840 x 107.
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.