Docent opportunities include staffing the visitor center and gift shop, walking the trails, leading tours, and other activities from March through May. 

A "docent" is a volunteer that has attended training for their position.  No previous experience or prior knowledge of the habitat or history is required!  Learn about the wildflowers, wildlife, and cultural history at the 2-day training, held at the Poppy Reserve in February every year.  Topics also include techniques for giving guided walks, an introduction to California State Parks and the Volunteers In Parks Program, visitor center operations, and more.  You will receive a binder of information at the training to study and refer to, a California State Parks hat, and a pass for other California State Parks at the end of the season.  After the wildflower season, enjoy volunteer field trips and other fun activities!

Docents may range in age from student to senior citizen, must be interested in learning, and have a positive, friendly attitude.  A minimum of 8 hours per month is requested but scheduling is flexible.  Applicants must complete the training and a preliminary interview, consent to fingerprinting, and have reliable transportation to and from the Reserve.  Join the Poppy Reserve volunteer family and have fun in the sun!

Call (661) 946-6900 or email us for information about the training.

You can download and fill out a California State Park Volunteer Application here. Please email the completed Volunteer Application to the volunteer coordinator.