The Forest of Nisene Marks has many miles of trails used by thousands of hikers and bikers each year. The trails suffer from the natural erosion of wind and rain and from use by park visitors. California State Parks has limited resources for monitoring and maintaining the quality of these trails. It is up to us who use and love the park to make sure that the trails and overall environment are maintained.
What Do Volunteers Do?
The Advocates crew leaders work with state park rangers to identify areas in the park that need attention. Volunteers usually meet at the ranger kiosk area at 9:30 a.m. and are assigned to a particular work crew leader. The work crew, with picks, shovels, and other trailworking tools, either hike or are transported to a project area.
When Do We Meet?
We meet the third Sunday every month. Workdays begin at 9:30 a.m. and usually last from early to mid-afternoon. Check this Web site or Trailworkers.org for the schedule.
How Do You Volunteer?
The Advocates have partnered with Trailworkers.org to provide online information for scheduled workdays, including a sign-up form. After you have signed up on Trailworkers.org or leave a comment on the Advocates Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AdvocatesFNM/?ref=hl or search on Advocates FNM and leave a comment that you’ll be coming. Then be at the ranger kiosk area of the park at 9:30 a.m. on the scheduled workday.
What age do I need to be to volunteer? Can I get community service hours?
Any age! We all sign waivers for State Parks and The Advocates. If you are under 18, you will need to print out the waiver and have a parent sign it in advance or at the start of the work day. We love to have all ages participate so there is no minimum nor maximum age requirement. The Advocates have many jobs so all can contribute.
Yes, The Advocates are a not for profit so we can sign off on however many hours you work towards your school community service requirements.
What Do You Need to Bring?
Please make sure to come equipped with the following:
- Long sleeve shirt and long pants (recommended to protect against poison oak)
- Heavy-duty shoes appropriate for hiking
- Work gloves
- Bottled water