Every park volunteer or docent I interviewed for this article had a different answer as to why they started volunteering:
- “Life change and looking to do something different.”
- “Stuck in an office and loves the ocean.”
- “Inspired by a great visit to the park with a great docent.”
- “Inspired by a bad docent – “I can do better than that”.
- “Because my wife told me to…she stopped volunteering but I continue.”
- “Spend time with like-minded people.”
- “Love of…nature, history, marine mammals, lighthouses, the beach, the parks.”
- “Use the parks so much – want to add value by volunteering.”
And there are benefits. One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Dedicating your time as a volunteer also helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.
This spring, volunteer training classes will be held for Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park (SHP) early in April, and for Half Moon Bay State Beach later the same month. While Año Nuevo’s training starts in the fall, applications and candidate screenings will start in April.
If you would like to learn something about one of your local state parks and then share that knowledge with both local and international visitors, please consider volunteering for parks.
Pigeon Point Light Station SHP –email: Volunteers.PigeonPoint@Parks.CA.gov
or phone: 1-650-879-2120
Half Moon Bay State Beach & Pescadero Marsh –email: HMBParksVolunteer@Parks.ca.gov
or phone: 1-650-726-8819
Año Nuevo and Butano State Park –email: AnoVolCoordinator@parks.ca.gov
or phone: 1-650-879-2032