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Help your local State Park—Become a Volunteer!

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Date(s) - 11/05/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Ever wondered how you can give back to the community and help one of your local California State Parks at the same time? Become a Columbia State Historic Park docent! A docent is a volunteer who has completed a training program with the park which includes history talks, park etiquette and rules, costuming guidelines and more. Columbia is in need of volunteers to perform a variety of functions at the Park, such as staffing the museum and information center in the middle of town, teaching historic lessons at the schoolhouse, gardening throughout the park, sharing the Park and its history with visitors as a costumed volunteer at special events throughout the year, and many others!

Want to learn more? Join us for our Meet & Greet on Saturday, November 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Eagle Cotage! Explore the wide variety of volunteer opportunities available. Find out how you can fit in based on your interests and desired time commitment. Meet some of our active Docents. Ask any questions you may have. Call 209-532-7386 to register for the Meet & Greet.

The current docent program includes more than 75 active docents and an additional 100 volunteers from around the state who help on special event days. The park depends on its volunteers to staff certain buildings to be open for the public. You can help by donating your time! Fully-trained docents are asked to commit eight hours a month or 96 total hours each year. Shifts vary depending on job duty and season.

The park is now accepting applications through January 7th for individuals interested in this winter’s full Docent Training classes. Call the park office at (209) 588-9128, go online at www.parks.ca.gov/columbia, or stop at the museum to pick up an application. Docent Training begins January 21st and will run for five consecutive Saturdays. If you are a motivated individual who is interested in helping one of our beloved California State Parks, fill out an application today!