Armstrong Guides & Roving Volunteers
Stewards' docent-led tours and hikes in Armstrong Redwoods SNR and Austin Creek SRA cater to school groups and the public. With thousands of students visiting the parks every year, Armstrong Guides help provide invaluable educational experiences in a unique natural environment. Roving Volunteers patrol the park answering questions of park visitors from around the world.
Tasks: Armstrong Guides lead typical tours of 1-2 hours in length. Most students are late elementary - middle school grades, and average about a 1 adult to 15 student ratio. Accompanied by parent or teacher chaperones, Guides take the students on a 1-2 mile walk from the main front parking lot to the back picnic area, interpreting the park's cultural and natural features, from redwood ecology, mycology, botany, history, wildlife, climate change impacts, and more. Roving Volunteers interpret the same topics to the general public, stationed at a key landmark of your choice. Both volunteer roles involve the use of our interpretive materials stored in the Lizzie Armstrong Jones Welcome Center. Read the Armstrong Tour Guide duty statement for a complete description.
Meeting times: Tours are scheduled Monday through Friday, generally starting at 9 or 10 AM. Roving Volunteers are scheduled in the Armstrong Redwoods SNR for 3-4 hour shifts on weekends.
Training and requirements: New volunteers will train shadow experienced volunteers until they feel comfortable leading tours and/or roving on their own. New volunteers are required to attend one General Orientation, and encouraged to attend our affordable seminars to further their education. All new volunteers are required to complete and turn in a hard copy of the CA State Parks DPR 208 paperwork. Read our Volunteer Handbook for more information about becoming a volunteer.