CCSPA supports the work carried out by California State Parks volunteers and docents. State Parks volunteer positions are diverse, and there’s a wide variety of opportunities to utilize skills and interests.
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Docents are volunteers who are trained to interpret the cultural, natural and recreational features of state parks for visitors. Docents work with the public or behind-the-scenes to help people enjoy, understand, and protect the natural and cultural wonders of the Central Coast.
Museum and Visitor Center Docents provide high quality interpretive experiences to visitors of all ages. These volunteers serve as Department ambassadors by inspiring park stewardship.
Volunteers participate in special events such as Summer Solstice, Skeleton Saturday, and Saturday Scientists. They also work behind-the-scenes, curating and maintaining museum exhibits and managing the Museum library.
Spooner Ranch House Docents offer tours that give a glimpse into what life was like for the Spooner family living in what is now Montaña de Oro State Park in the early 1900s and have the opportunity to train to provide living history programs.
Trail Docents hike the many trails and tide pools of the SLO Coast regions of Harmony Headlands, Estero Bluffs, Morro Strand, Marina Boardwalk, Black Hill, Cerro Cabrillo and Montaña de Oro. They greet and inform visitors on the trails about natural, cultural and historic features.
Coast Mounted Assistance (CMA) was originally established in 1973 to assist State Park employees with mapping and constructing the trails system within Montaña de Oro State Park. Today, these volunteers also patrol park beaches and trails, provide information to park visitors, help maintain the Horse Camp facilities.
Sea Life Stewards paddle in kayaks on Morro Bay waters to educate visitors in an informal manner about how to observe wildlife while minimizing disturbance.
The program developed out of the increasing realization that many visitors may be unaware of wildlife sensitivity to human disturbance, both intentional and unintentional.
Black Hills Gang and CCCMB (Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers) are volunteer groups that assist State Park staff in maintaining and building trails in State Parks.