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SONOMA COAST STATE PARK:VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
TIDEPOOL

Sonoma Coast Volunteer Programs:

Sonoma Coast Volunteer Overview
Seal Watch
Pinniped Monitoring
Whale Watch
Tidepool
Visitor Center in Jenner
Watershed
Environmental Living
Marine Education
Trail Crew
Marine Debris Monitoring
Seabird Monitoring

The tidepools on the Sonoma Coast State Park beaches are teeming with  multitudes of flora and fauna. From virtually invisible colonies of aggregating anemones to sea stars tucked under kelp, there are fragile intertidal creatures everywhere. 

Stewards has two programs for volunteers interested in working in the coastal tidepools. The School Group Education Program is offered on weekdays during the spring. State Parks Volunteer Tidepool Docents teach school groups how to safely observe and interact with the fascinating life forms of the intertidal zone. Students learn about the importance of protecting the fragile plants and animals that inhabit the tidepools. During spring and summer, at low tide on weekends, State Parks Volunteer Roving Naturalists are stationed on certain beaches to provide park visitors with a safe and educational experience exploring the tidepools. 

LINK TO A WONDERFUL VIDEO OF ANEMONES FIGHTING

Training for these programs takes place in early spring of each year and no prior experience is necessary. Potential docents are required to attend one of the three General Orientation Sessions, as well as the Tide Pool Docent Training.

Orientation Sessions

Volunteer Hours

Volunteers who participate in the State Park "Volunteers in Parks" program are eligible for an annual day-use pass. Volunteering for 24 hours a year provides a Russian River/Mendocino distict-wide pass. Volunteering for 200 hours or more provides a state-wide day-use pass at most State Parks in CA (with the exception of Hearst Castle, the Railroad Museum and a few others). Volunteer hours must be submitted to Stewards by the end of each calendar year or more frequently in order to receive a pass. 

Report Volunteer Hours by logging into your account and choosing "Record Volunteer Time."

For more information, contact Sarah Angulo via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 5#.

Photo: Sonoma Coast tidepool
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Photo: Anemone at Sonoma Coast SP Photo: Sonoma Coast tidepool Photo: Volunteer training for Tidepool program Photo: Sea Stars at Shell Beach
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