Become a Volunteer

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. 

 This year the Volunteer Program is being divided into two separate but related programs -Docent Training and Wilderness Patrol.

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Docent Training 

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.

Training will take place in late April and early May.  If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of the parks and contribute to their future, please contact:

            Rose Nelson

            Phone: (831) 291-8273





Wilderness Patrol

Training begins Saturday, April 1 through May for a total of 6 Saturdays.
Locations: Rancho del Oso – Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Castle Rock State Park, The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Phone: (831) 427-2288

The Santa Cruz District of California State Parks is offering a Wilderness Patrol Volunteer Training in spring 2017. Wilderness Patrol Volunteers hike and/or mountain bike into scenic backcountry and contribute to the health and function of several in area California State Parks. With a minimum commitment of six hours per month, you will join our active team of docents whose goal is to contribute to the inspiration, education and enjoyment of visitors in our Parks. Space is limited. For more information, or to acquire an application please email or call (831) 427-2288.

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