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 training for State Park hike docents is offered once a year in the fall.
To start, complete the Mount Tamalpais State Park docent online application: MTSP Hike Docent Application
During recruitment time (late spring – early fall), you will be contacted by State Park staff and scheduled for an interpretive training. Training materials will be provided. You will also be asked to shadow 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 at any time of the year.
Once you have completed the required training and signed off by the 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 further questions contact Rosanna Petralia, Mount Tamalapais State Park Interpreter and Program Coordinator, at the park’s ranger station 415-388-3653.