Summer 2021 | Santa Cruz County Parks

18 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES County Parks Adopt a Park – Volunteer groups may adopt one of our parks, natural areas, or facilities. Responsibilities include park beautification, reporting park needs, installing and monitoring bird nesting boxes, and other environmental projects. Adopt a Trail – Volunteer groups adopt sections of paved or natural trails, report trail needs, and perform small projects. Adopt a Project – Assist with special events, a project you are passionate about, or a new park! All volunteers will receive project coordination, safety orientation, and materials needed for the specific project from the Parks Department prior to the start of their service. Among the groups and individuals who have made a difference in their community through their volunteer work at Santa Cruz County Parks are K&D Landscaping, the SLV Rotary Club, and families who pitched in at Aldridge Lane Park on National Family Volunteer Day. Quail Hollow Ranch Volunteers may lead interpretive programs, remove invasive non-native plants, assist with children's programs, maintain trails or garden, among other things. In return for your time you will gain a greater understanding of one of the more well-kept secrets of the Santa Cruz Mountains and feel good about giving back to your community. For more information, please call Margaret Ingraham at (831) 454-7927. Junior Volunteer Program - Summer Camps Teens ages 13-17 can spend their spare time this summer helping recreation staff lead games, art and crafts, sports, and more for children ages 5-12. Gain valuable work experience and learn useful job skills. There is a $50 fee to participate in this program. Volunteer Opportunities - Parks, Trails, Beaches, Programs, and more! How can volunteers help? Individuals and groups can volunteer for a one-day project or dedicate themselves to an on- going or long-term project. Anyone can become a volunteer, whether you are an individual, family, or part of a group! Why Volunteer? • Give back to the community • Improve the quality of life in your community • Gain valuable skills and experience • Practice and strengthen leadership skills • Meet new people • Help the Department extend services to more people • Have fun and utilize your unique skills and talents! What can you volunteer for? • Youth Programs • Beach & Park Clean-Ups • Park Docent • Neighborhood Park Projects • Park Maintenance • Senior Programs • Special Events Contact County Parks Volunteer Coordinator via e-mail: [email protected] or call (831) 454-7927

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