Steps to become a Volunteer Hike Docent for California State Parks
Being a hike docent for California State Parks is a rewarding way to volunteer and support Mt Tam State Park. Many of our volunteer docents leading hikes have been doing it for many years.
There are approximately 200 hiking trails in and around Mt Tam offering a vast array of hiking opportunities for all levels. We strive to offer a variety of hikes during the year and always need volunteer hike docents. The requirements for State Park hike docents are summarized below. Let us know if you are interested in leading hikes for Mt Tam State Park.
To become a hike docent:
Complete the California State Park volunteer application and send to Cathleen Cannon Cathleen.Cannon@parks.ca.gov. If you are already a State Park volunteer this is not needed. Mailing address:
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Bay Area District Marin Sector
845 Casa Grande Road
Petaluma, CA 94954
Complete the California State Parks Volunteers In Parks Program (VIPP) volunteer orientation. Contact Cathleen Cannon Cathleen.Cannon@parks.ca.gov to sign up for the next orientation. If you have completed VIPP with California State Parks this is not required.
You will be interviewed by State Park staff and scheduled for interpretive training. Training materials and the Mt Tam State Park Hike Docent Manual is provided.
You will be asked to co-lead three hikes as part of your training. You are encouraged to participate in State Park hikes becoming familiar with Mt Tam trails and docent lead hikes.
Once you have completed the required training and signed off by the hike program coordinator, you will be a member of our hike docent team. Hike docents design and schedule their hikes within the State Park program. Hike docents can also help out with special hikes we do on request for visiting groups to the State Park. There is also additional training available to become an Interpretive Docent for Mt Tam State Park allowing you to develop and provide other interpretive programs if you are interested.
If you have any question contact Rosanna Petralia, Tam State Park Interpreter, Rosanna.Petralia@parks.ca.gov.
Or send an email to, FriendsofMtTam@gmail.com and we will get back to you.