volunteer helping plant milkweedDo you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you have a strong wish to give to the community, promote conservation and stewardship, and share knowledge with others? You can join the volunteers at Natural Bridges State Beach. Volunteers go through a training program and are trained to interpret the natural and cultural history of the park and in general contribute to the inspiration, education and enjoyment of park visitors. Volunteer and discover how giving 6 hours a month can make a difference! 

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Volunteer Training takes place twice per year at Natural Bridges State Beach.
Natural bridges is famous for its tidepools and monarch butterflies, and is located within the boundaries of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Volunteers lead public and school group tours, and educate park visitors about the natural inhabitants and habitats at the park. Docent training classes are held twice per year and focus on the marine environment in the spring, and monarch butterfly preserve in the fall.  

Spring volunteer training begins in March with a focus on the ocean and shore and tidepool life.
Call (831) 423-4609, ext. 3 for details and registration.
New volunteers learn about the natural history of the marine environment during a series of 8 training classes. Graduates of the docent naturalist training volunteer 6 hours per month to host the visitor center, lead guided tours and walks, and assist with educational programs and events at the park.

Fall volunteer training begins in September with a focus on the monarch butterfly grove
Call (831) 423-4609, ext. 3 for details and registration.
Each fall, Natural Bridges State Beach prepares for the annual return of migratory monarch butterflies. The beautiful orange and black monarchs attract local visitors, schoolchildren and tourists from around the world. Docents learn about the fascinating biology of the monarch and its migration to share what they have learned with park visitors on public tours, walks, and reserved group tours.

Trainings made possible by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.