Volunteer in Your State Park

Take ownership of your state parks by making a powerful investment in them- your time. As budget cuts continue, volunteers play an increasingly important role in helping to keep state parks open.

Volunteers are Key to State Park Survival

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Volunteers work to repair a footbridge at Emma Wood State Beach. Photo by Cathy Moyer
California’s state park system heavily relies on volunteers for their survival. Statewide, volunteers currently contribute over 900,000 volunteer hours each year to help improve and maintain their state parks.

Volunteers at state parks lead interpretive tours and hikes, staff visitor centers and help with park maintenance, cultural resource management and clerical support.

How to Become a Volunteer
There are many ways you can volunteer your time at a state park. Here are a few ways to get started!

Park Champion Program
Park Champions is a volunteer program that gets you out into your local state park to provide hands-on help. This program is run by the California State Parks Foundation and is currently offering volunteer opportunities at several state parks across the state. If you enjoy volunteering outdoors, want to work with a fun group of people, and want to make a difference in our state parks, then become a Park Champion and join us for the next work day happening near you! Click here to learn more about this program and sign up for an upcoming work day.

Volunteer with a SOS Campaign Partner
If you don’t see a Park Champions volunteer work day near you, there may be an opportunity to volunteer with a local group. Here is a list of our SOS Campaign Partners that offer volunteer opportunities. Take a look for a group near you:

Organization: Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association
State Park: Anderson Marsh State Park

Organization: Angel Island Conservancy
State Park: Angel Island State Park

Organization: Benicia State Parks Association
State Park: Benicia State Historic Park and Benicia State Recreation Area

Organization: Central Coast Mountain Bikers
State Park: Montaña de Oro

Organization: Valley of the Moon Natural History Association
State Park: Jack London SHP

Organization: Malibu Creek Docent Association
State Park: Malibu Creek State Park

Organization: Pine Ridge Association
State Park: Henry W. Coe SP

Organization: Portola and Castle Rock Foundation
State Park: Portola Redwoods and Castel Rock State Parks

Organization: Pine Ridge Association
State Park: Henry W. Coe SP

Organization: San Mateo Coast NHA
State Park: Ano Nuevo State Park, Half Moon Bay State Beach and Pigion Point State Historic Park

Organization: Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
State Park: El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park

Organization: Save Our Shores
State Park: Twin Lakes State Beach

Organization: South Yuba River Citizens League
State Park: South Yuba River State Park

Organization: Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
State Park: Austin Creek State Recreation Area, Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and Sonoma Coast State Beach


Volunteer as a State Park Advocate

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Park supporters sign petitions at Park Advocacy Day. Photo by Diana Cassanova
Are you interested in helping to support state parks at the legislative level? Volunteer as a state park advocate with the Save Our State Parks Campaign. Email for more information about how to get started at Advocacy@calparks.org.