Sonoma Coast Volunteer Programs:Sonoma Coast Volunteer Overview
Visitor Center in Jenner
Marine Debris Monitoring
The Whale Watch Public Education Program was started in 1986 by our Whale Mother, Bea Brunn, as a response to the public's growing concern and awareness of the fragile relationship with the dwindling population of remaining whales.
The whales begin their journey at their summer feeding grounds off Arctic waters of the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, to their winter calving lagoons off Baja California, Mexico, traveling south along the coast. They return after breeding or with their young via the same route, usually closer to shore with the mothers on the outside and the calves closer inland for protection.
State Parks Volunteer Docents are stationed at Bodega Head on weekends from January through Mother's Day weekend in May. Potential docents are required to attend one of the three General Orientation Sessions, as well as the Whale Watch Docent Training.
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#.
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