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. 

Starting in 2017 the Volunteer Program was  divided into two separate but related programs -Docent Training and Wilderness Patrol:

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.

The next Docent Training will take place in spring 2019 training will be held on Saturdays on April  and May  at locations in both parks. Training will typically include:

  • Day 1:  Intro to Castle Rock and Portola Redwoods State Parks and Interpretation How-to Presentation
  • Day 2:  Natural Resources and Junior Ranger Program
  • Day 3:  Cultural Resources Presentation and Model Hike ( Portola) + Portola Store Operation
  • Day 4: Model Interpretive Hike (Castle Rock + School Group Facilities.
  • Day 5: Graduation: Presentations and awards+ Lunch+ signups.

Current Docents and Volunteers are welcome to attend any of the training sessions from which you may benefit.

2018 Docents

For information and an application, please contact: 
Brandon Caskey at or email


Wilderness Patrol

The Santa Cruz District of California State Parks is offering a Wilderness Patrol Volunteer Training in spring 2018. 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.

The net training will take place in  February  2018 and consists of three (3) general sessions for all volunteers and five (5) sessions devoted to specific Parks. –

Space is limited. For more information, or to acquire an application please email or call (831) 427-2288.

2018 Wilderness Patrol Volunteers at Goat Rock.

For the Wilderness Patrol Duty Statement, click here.


Newest Event

PCRF Board of Directors Meeting Nov 10, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - Portola Redwoods SP Visitors Center

The Portola and Castle Rock Foundation Board of Directors will meet at the Portola Redwoods SP Visitors Center from 1-4 PM. Public is invited.

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