Buy a California State Park Pass - If you’ll be visiting Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park or other California State Parks frequently, buy a state parks pass—an excellent way to save money and support state parks. Click here for more information.

Become a Volunteer Docent: Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you want to share knowledge with others and promote conservation and stewardship? This is your opportunity to join our team of dedicated volunteers who rove the trails, interact with visitors, host at the visitor center and in general contribute to the inspiration, education and enjoyment of park visitors. Docents activities may include leading school group tours, living history demonstrations, guided hikes, and more. Volunteer Trainings are every year in early spring. For more information, please call 831-426-0505. To apply, click here

Volunteer with Wilderness Patrol:  Hike or mountain bike into scenic backcountry in the Santa Cruz Mountains. For more information, email

For information about volunteering at other state parks in the Santa Cruz district, call the district office at (831) 335-6391 or email

Support nonprofit groups working with California State Parks such as Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

Volunteer with Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship:  Join the local nonprofit trail stewardship for free volunteer trail work events throughout Wilder Ranch State Park. All experience levels are welcome. Visit their events calendar or email to learn about upcoming trail work opportunities.