Docents and visitors on the beach. (Photo: © Nancy Frost)
Great Blue Herons in the rookery. (Photo: © Suzanne Black)
School group with docents.
(Photo: courtesy CA State Parks)

One or more docents and volunteers lead guided walks from the central parking lot onto the beach and into the Marsh twice a month on the first Sunday at 10 a.m. and the third Sunday at 1:00 p.m. In addition to leading scheduled Marsh walks, docents act as roving naturalists pointing out landscape features and marsh wildlife. They emphasize stewardship as vital in the Natural Preserve:  to stay on the trails, view animals quietly at a distance, not to collect plants or seeds and not to leave litter behind. Docents also plan and lead special walks as requested by the Volunteer Coordinator for school groups, college classes and community organizations. Volunteers at the Marsh may also help with bird, fish and water-level monitoring projects and trail maintenance.