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You can help protect these magical ancient redwood forests.

Visit the park! Soak up as much information and inspiration as you can. If you’ll be coming to Mount Tam or other California state parks frequently, buy a parks pass—an excellent way to save money and support state parks. 

Volunteer your time to assist visitors and protect the park. Do you enjoy spending time in nature and being outdoors? Do you look forward to giving back to the community, promoting conservation and stewardship, and sharing knowledge with others? Perhaps you might be interested in joining our volunteer team at Mount Tamalpais State Park!

Mount Tamalpais State Park and Friends of Mt Tam offer a variety of volunteering opportunities at the park: tending the visitor center or the gravity car barn, leading hikes and walks, delivering talks and presentations, helping at special events and at astronomy nights, etc.

To start, please complete our online application form. You will hear back from us shortly after. For further info call the Ranger Station at 415-388-3653. Also contact: Mount Tamalpais State Park Interpreter Rosanna Petralia at Rosanna.Petralia@park.ca.gov or Marin District Volunteer Coordinator Cathleen Cannon at Cathleen.Cannon@parks.ca.gov

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Build a wildlife picture index. Local land management agencies, including California State Parks, have recently started using cameras to monitor wildlife populations, movements, and trends. Set up on a grid across a large area, these motion-activated cameras are gathering data on wildlife species and numbers, as well as the date, time, and location of their activities. Volunteers are needed to service cameras and process photographs. To find out more about the project, go to Marin County’s wildlife picture index web page. For volunteer opportunities, contact Rosa Schneider, One Tam Restoration and Community Science Program Manager, at rschneider@onetam.org, or visit http://www.onetam.org/calendar.17

Support the nonprofit groups working on behalf of this park, including Friends of Mt. Tam, Redwood Parks Association and Save the Redwoods League. On the League’s website, you can learn about other ways to get involved at Mount Tam and other redwood parks, including taking a pledge or becoming a citizen scientist, including taking a redwood pledge, entering a photo contest, or becoming a citizen scientist.

The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative, or One Tam, spearheads conservation efforts in the Mount Tam area today. Its five partners—California State Parks, Marin County Parks, Marin Municipal Water District, National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy—are working together to address region-wide problems such as invasive species, plant diseases, climate change, wildfire and drought. One Tam also provides funds and person-power to improve park facilities and trails.

One Tam’s Youth Initiative includes conservation programs for local students, including  “Teens on Trails” and “Restoration Youth Crew.” The organization also offers an internship program for teenagers and young adults. Positions involve restoring sensitive habitat, preserving historic features, improving trails, and educating youth–both inside and outside the state park.

RELATED SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

Friends of Mt. Tam [http://www.friendsofmttam.org]
P.O. Box 7064
Corte Madera, CA 94976
415-258-2410
Email: FMTanswers@gmail.com
Answers to frequently asked questions [http://www.friendsofmttam.org/about-us/faq.html]

Mountain Play Association [www.mountainplay.org]
1556 Fourth St., Suite B
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-383-1100
Email: info@MountainPlay.org

One Tam [http://www.onetam.org]
Tamalpais Lands Collaborative
415-561-3000
info@onetam.org

Save the Redwoods League [http://www.savetheredwoods.org/park/mount-tamalpais-state-park]
111 Sutter Street, 11th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 362-2352
Fax: (415) 362-7017
Email: info@SaveTheRedwoods.org

Tamalpais Conservation Club [http://www.tccmarin.org]
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 532
Ross, CA 94957
Office:
Marin Art and Garden Center
30 Francis Drake Blvd.
Ross, California 94957
Email: info@TccMarin.org

West Marin Stage Coach [http://www.marintransit.org/stage.html]
711 Grand Ave., Suite 110
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-526-3239
Email: info@marintransit.org

West Point Inn Association [http://www.westpointinn.com]
P.O. Box 796
San Anselmo, CA 94979
415-388-9955
Email: westpointinnassociation@gmail.com


 BOOKS ON MT. TAM

• Davis, Matthew and Michael Farrell Scott, Opening the Mountain: Circumambulating Mount Tamalpais: a Ritual Walk, Shoemaker & Hoard, 2006.

• Killion, Tom and Gary Snyder, Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints, Heyday, 2013.