Our Mobile Marine Van, affectionately named the Steward Ship, joined us in 2014, and has been traveling all across Sonoma County ever since. Inside the our brightly painted van, the curious can discover some of our marine interpretive materials, including educational videos, trash exhibit, skulls, pelts, bones, and bolus dissection. We take the van to schools, our coastal public education programs (Seal Watch and Whale Watch), and outdoor community events. We attend big events such as the Fort Ross Festival, Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival, and Fisherman's Festival and sell a limited selection of our environmental education-related merchandise.

Tasks: Please note heavy lifting may be involved. Volunteers help set up our interpretive materials inside the van, and more educational and/or retail merchandise outside the van. Educational topics include marine debris, wildlife/marine mammal identification, adaptations and conservation, seabird protection, and state park information. If heaving lifting isn't for you, then you can help drive the van out to events, talk with the public, cover check out of retail, and more.

Meeting times: School visits are typically a maximum of 3 hours on weekdays. Public education program visits can be 5-6 hours on weekends. Events can be 4-8 hours on weekends (8 hours if driving the van). 

Training and requirements: New volunteers can join us at any of our Steward Ship dates for on-the-job training. Training with staff or experienced volunteers is available upon request. New volunteers are required to attend one General Orientation. 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.

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