Volunteer

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Volunteer opportunities available now at local State Parks

Be a Steward of the Castro Adobe

There are lots of ways you can make a difference as a volunteer at California’s newest State Historic Park, the Castro Adobe in Watsonville! Share a passion for history and culture with the public at monthly Open Houses, or pay it forward to the next generation by helping host school field trips. Or, if you want to cultivate your green thumb, join the volunteer garden committee! Call (831) 226-9669 or email for more information, or register online.

Volunteer at Half Moon Bay-area State Parks

Half Moon Bay-area State Parks is seeking volunteers to become school group docents, snowy plover docents, operate the visitor center and work in the native plant nursery. Possible parks include Half Moon Bay State Beaches, Pescadero Marsh at Pescadero State Beach, McNee Ranch/Montara State Beach and Burleigh Murray State Park. For more details, contact Volunteer Coordinator Ellen Tjosvold by email or call 650-726-8814.

Interpret the natural and cultural history of Año Nuevo

The three-month training program begins at the end of September and is held most Sundays in the fall is one of the most comprehensive within California State Parks. Resident experts to teach classes on a variety of subjects including elephant seals, marine mammals, park history, general wildlife and more. Additional training is provided on interpretive techniques for educating visitors and logistical skills on working and leading tours inside the coastal natural preserve. To request an application or for more information, contact the docent recruitment coordinator at (650) 879-2032 or email anovolcoordinator@nullparks.ca.gov.

Help with trail work at The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

The Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks meet the third Sunday of each month for a trail work day. Gather at the entrance kiosk at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers clear vegetation away from the trails, clear ditches of debris and cut a path through any trees that fall across the trails. Seasonally, the crew installs and removes foot bridges. Work lasts until about 2 p.m. Please bring work gloves, lunch and water. Contact Bob Bailey by email with questions.

Become a docent at Wilder Ranch State Park

Do you love Wilder Ranch? Would you like to learn more about local history and share that information with others? Would you enjoy meeting like-minded individuals and be a part of an amazing team? If you answered yes to these questions, volunteering at Wilder Ranch may be for you. For more details call 831-426-0505, email, or stop by the park during office hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Thursday-Sunday).

Help maintain the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail

Join the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail maintenance group the first Saturday of every month to work on various sections of the 29.5-mile trail. The trail travels through Castle Rock State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park and the Rancho Del Oso Unit. Volunteers should wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, boots or sturdy shoes, hats and sunscreen. Please bring work gloves, water and lunch. Contact Al at 408-252-8106 or by email for specific locations and times.

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 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. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.