Wilderness Patrol volunteers hike our trails and report on trail issues (such as downed trees), perform light trail maintenance (e.g. trim plants so they don’t intrude on the trail), and give directions and other information to visitors. Wilderness Patrol combines some of the duties of docents (below) and trail crew. Training is normally in Spring: let us know if you’re interested in taking part by sending us a message via the “Contact Us” link below!
A docent is a volunteer interpreter: they help visitors understand the Park, and demonstrate a passion for the natural world. Docents often lead guided hikes. Docent training normally occurs in Spring: let us know if you’re interested in the next training by sending us a message via the “Contact Us” link below!
The trail crew work on trail maintenance, from clearing brush all the way to construction work. Most trail crews have one volunteer day per month. Significant training is required in order to safely use the power tools involved..
Rare and Endangered Species Team
Rare and endangered species: We are part of an effort to save the endangered Dudley’s Lousewort. We’re currently working with the Parks and San Jose State University to improve the what’s known about this very rare plant, as a basis for future efforts to save it.
Help staff the Portola Visitor Center!
Get in touch with us for more information on volunteer opportunities.