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Volunteer opportunities available now at local State Parks

Wilderness Patrol members sought

The Wilderness Patrol is back! Join a team of park stewards across the Santa Cruz District! Hike, bike or horse-ride along trails to assist State Parks staff with public safety, trail condition assessments and interacting with park visitors. Volunteers patrol areas of Henry Cowell Redwoods, The Forest of Nisene Marks, Wilder Ranch, Castle Rock and Portola Redwoods state parks, and will assist in Big Basin Redwoods State Park as it recovers. Training begins May 2022. Apply online.

Join the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew

The Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew (BBVTC) is a volunteer group is dedicated to preserving Big Basin Redwoods State Park and volunteers have been working twice monthly to make significant progress in maintaining the trails. The BBVTC returned to Big Basin in late November to begin work on projects, such as restoration of the Redwood Loop Tail, that will eventually allow visitors to return to the park. Become a part of the effort to restore Big Basin — email to apply.

Become a Castle Rock and Portola Redwoods state parks volunteer

Would you like to share your love of Castle Rock and Portola Redwoods state parks with the public? Or are you more interested in helping out behind the scenes, patrolling the backcountry and reporting trail conditions to park staff? Join the State Parks volunteer training this spring and soon you will be roaming from up on the sunny skyline to down in the deep redwood forest! New volunteer training will be a blend of virtual and in-person sessions on Saturday, April 2-23. Get more information and apply.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities in Santa Cruz Mountain state parks

Want to give back to local State Parks trails? Join Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship (SCMTS) for volunteer trail work! SCMTS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that actively builds and maintains trails throughout Wilder Ranch State Park and the Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. They host regular trail work events where volunteers can give back to local trails, and no experience is required to participate. To see the latest info on upcoming trail work events, view their events calendar at santacruztrails.org/events, or sign up for their newsletter at santacruztrails.org/subscribe.

Become a volunteer at Castro Adobe State Historic Park

Are you interested in California’s history and culture? Are you looking for a fun and unique way to give something back to your community? Do you enjoy working with people of all ages, backgrounds, and national origins? If you answered “yes” and are at least 18 years old, you are eligible to apply for a volunteer job with Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe State Historic Park in Watsonville. Call (831) 226-9669 or email to apply. Learn more here.

Apply to be an Año Nuevo State Park Docent

Become a docent at a San Mateo coast state park! Año Nuevo State Park is looking for docents volunteers to assist with coastal parks also need trail maintenance, construction, nursery and habitat restoration, camp hosting, and other support. Volunteers are so critical to park operations that many parts of the parks cannot operate without them. To apply or for more information, please contact Susan Blake, Docent Recruitment Coordinator, 650-879-2032 or by email.

Volunteers sought for San Mateo Coast parks and beaches

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you want to share knowledge with others and promote conservation and stewardship? This is your opportunity to join our team of dedicated volunteers who rove the trails, interact with visitors, host at the visitor center and in general contribute to the inspiration, education and enjoyment of park visitors at Half Moon Bay State Beach, Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, McNee Ranch in Montara Beach State Park and Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park. To volunteer contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email or call 650-726-8814.

Volunteer in the redwoods at Butano State Park

Butano State Park offered volunteer opportunities for those interested in joining the Butano volunteer trail crew. Typical volunteer days include clearing brush along the 40 miles of park trails, removing down trees, and reporting major trail damage to park staff. If you’re interested in Butano’s volunteer trail crew, call the park directly at 650-879-2040.

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 workday. 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 footbridges. Work lasts until about 2 p.m. Please bring work gloves, lunch and water. Contact Geoff Alexander by email with questions.