Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Archaeology Project



2022 will mark the 8th season of our Summer Archaeology Project (SAP), a collaborative program between the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and Santa Clara University. We will be transforming our park into an archaeological laboratory, and we are seeking volunteers to process the artifacts. The material comes from an excavation at Santa Clara University which revealed the neophyte village from Mission Santa Clara. The information gleaned from this recent excavation will shed light on daily life of Native people in the Mission system. Volunteers will receive training, enrichments, a fieldtrip, and a collection of resource materials. This is a great way to learn about archaeology and local history, and get hands on experience in archeological methods! We will meet on Mondays through the summer.

2022 Schedule:

Mondays, June 27-August 29 (No session on Monday, July 4th)

10:00am - 2:30pm

Total of 9 weeks

Fieldtrip date: TBA


Contact Julia.Sidel@parks.ca.gov or call the park at 831 425-5849 with any questions. 

Fill out a SAP Interest Form







Garden Project

Our small park includes gardens that interpret the history of the traditional Ohlone landscape, the many fruits and vegetables imported by the Spanish, and the heritage trees and flowers of the Victorian era.

We are seeking volunteers to help plant and tend gardens, and develop our food plant crops to benefit the community. Any level of experience is welcome - we are happy to provide training. The times are flexible.

If you are interested in gardening at the Santa Cruz Mission SHP, please call Julie at 831 425-5849 or email julia.sidel@parks.ca.gov.


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