Volunteer Core Leaders | Cal Parks

California State Parks Foundation’s volunteer program provides meaningful opportunities for communities to give back to their state parks. We host projects throughout the state with leadership from volunteers like you! At each park, we have Volunteer Core Leaders who are ambassadors for our organization. They develop a rapport with park staff, get to know the unique culture and needs of their park, and support workdays. Volunteer Core Leader teams work closely with our program staff, state park staff, and other partners to plan and lead volunteer workdays.  

Join us if you want to deepen your connection to your state parks and have an interest in helping us build a community of park supporters! 

Volunteer Core Leaders help us ...  

  • Plan and promote events in their communities 

  • Manage registration and waivers 

  • Welcome volunteers  

  • Coordinate snacks and lunch 

  • Take photos of our events 

  • Collect event metrics  

  • Write post-event reports 

Upcoming Virtual Trainings

To become a Volunteer Core Leader, join one of our upcoming New Volunteer Core Leader Training session. Registration is required. Please RSVP Below!  

Saturday, October 14  
at 9am – 11am
Register here

For more information and to find out about dates for upcoming Volunteer Core Leader trainings, please reach out to our program staff at volunteer@calparks.org.

Volunteer Core Leaders
Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa LaFlame
Volunteer Core Leader at Half Moon Bay SB
Volunteer Spotlight: Tanisha Gupta
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of Volunteer Core Leaders felt that leading workdays increased their feelings of being part of a community of park supporters. 

"I am fortunate to have served as a core leader in Southern California for many years before transplanting to Northern California. Since day one, I have always received a warm welcome at workdays and often brought my friends and family to join. After moving, I began leading workdays around Sacramento and quickly connected with new locals that share my same passion for stewardship."

Charlotte Bergheimer
Volunteer Core Leader