Your nearby Castle Rock and Portola Redwoods State Parks need your help!
In 2013 the Foundation, in partnership with State Parks, initiated a Volunteer Trail Watch Program with the goal of training Volunteers to supplement the task of the two park rangers whose duty it is to patrol Castle Rock and Portola Redwoods State Parks. This Program was continued through 2016. These Volunteers walked trails, interacted with visitors, did minor maintenance and reported trail hazards to the benefit of the Trained Maintenance staff and Volunteers. These Park Volunteers have done a great job of providing eyes, ears, and boots on the ground in Portola Redwoods and Castle Rock State Parks. Park Staff keep the parks operating at reasonable levels of stewardship, but the Parks still need our help.
Starting in 2017 the Volunteer Program was divided into two separate but related programs -Docent Training and Wilderness Patrol.
Parks staff will be training Docents for both Parks. Docents will learn the natural and cultural history of the Parks. The Portola Redwoods State Park Docents can also opt to become hosts at the Visitor Center and oversee sales in the PCRF Store. This store sells educational material for the benefit of the visitors.
The spring 2018 Docent training will be held on Saturdays on April 7, 14, 21, 28, and May 5 at locations in both parks.
For information and application, please contact:
Brandon Caskey at Brandon.Caskey@nullparks.ca.gov