Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
While Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is still closed after the Walbridge Fire of August 2020, we anticipate reopening this summer. When we reopen, we will need volunteers to staff our Visitor Center and help as roving docents along park trails to educate park users about the fire’s impacts and keep them out of areas that are still closed due to fire damage. We expect to be welcoming school groups back to the park for the coming school year, and we will need redwood ecology program docents to lead these groups.
Russian River Estuary in Jenner
On the Sonoma Coast, we need volunteers to staff our Visitor Center on the Russian River Estuary in Jenner. This is a wonderful spot to interact with visitors from all over the world and direct them to how they can enjoy the magnificent Sonoma Coast. Our Seal Watch program needs volunteers to help educate visitors about the importance of staying at least 150 feet away from the Harbor Seal Colony as they rest onshore, especially during their pupping and molting seasons. Our community science programs monitor seabirds and pinnipeds. We will also need docents to interact with school groups in the intertidal and the Willow Creek watershed next year when field trips resume the coast.
Stewardship crews maintain and restore trails, build fences and bridge crossings, clear fuel loads, and process downed trees into firewood, to name just a few of their volunteer jobs in all of our parks during the month, usually on Wednesdays.
Orientations and training are available for all the programs that Stewards support. Our next orientation will take place on August 28th via Zoom, and you can learn more and register using this link: Stewards Volunteer Opportunities or email Andrew Scott, Volunteer Programs Manager.