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|Uniformed Volunteer Program|
Volunteers play a major role in operating Henry W. Coe State Park. They provide staff for the Visitor Center, answering questions, describing trails and camping areas, registering visitors and collecting fees, and selling store merchandise. They teach in the Coe Connections program for elementary schools; lead guided walks and more strenuous hikes; give evening programs for campers; and publish maps, interpretive leaflets, and books that are sold in the PRA store. Volunteers work to maintain trails, springs, park facilities, and produce major Coe Park events like the Backcountry Weekend, Mother’s Day Breakfast, Hunting Hollow 5K/10K Fun Run and Walk, and the Tarantula Fest.
The Pine Ridge Association, in cooperation with Henry W. Coe State Park staff, conducts a training program for uniformed volunteers. The primary purpose of the Uniformed Volunteer Program is to give volunteers the training they'll need to help park visitors learn about the park's cultural and natural history and to promote protection of parklands through interpretive programs and public contact.
Although uniformed volunteers get free admission to Coe Park and other state parks within the Gavilan Sector, to many volunteers, the most important benefit of membership in the program is the satisfaction they get from providing valuable services to the public and to the park, services that simply could not be accomplished without the help of the volunteers. Most volunteers also feel that the training classes, the special campouts, and continuing seminars offered each year for uniformed volunteers add significantly to their appreciation of the park and the outdoors.
Volunteers also value the close friendships they form with fellow volunteers and look forward to the opportunities they have to get together at potlucks and other social events each year.
Joining the Program
Each year, typically in the fall, the Pine Ridge Association and Coe Park staff conduct a training program for uniformed volunteers. If you would like to apply for the program, please fill out the Uniformed Volunteer Program Application. You will be contacted by a member of the volunteer committee who will provide training program information and further instructions.
Volunteers are not required but are strongly encouraged to join the Pine Ridge Association, a non-profit cooperating association that provides educational and interpretative assistance to Henry W. Coe State Park.
There are many on-going projects at Coe Park to maintain and improve facilities, trails, and springs.
Learn more on the Lend a Hand page.
|As a PRA member, you receive the association's newsletter, The Ponderosa, approximately five times a year. The newsletter contains interesting articles about the park and information about upcoming park and association activities.|
Are you interested in learning more about Henry W. Coe State Park and sharing your knowledge with park visitors? How about helping out with annual events or maintenance of springs and trails? If so, visit our Volunteer page.
Thank you! We rely on your generous support.