Docent, Community Outreach
On May 11, 2002, Paul attended the Authority’s dedication of its first public trail in what is now Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve. The volunteer Trail Patrol program was created shortly after this and Paul was in the first class that summer. Paul always enjoyed hiking and camping while growing up in Kentucky - his favorite vacations were going to the Great Smokie Mountains with his family. After moving to California, Paul joined in on hikes with various Bay Area organizations and eventually found his way to volunteering with the Authority. Paul is an engaging docent and enjoys leading hikes, whether searching for wildflowers, tarantulas, or doing nighttime activities on the preserves.
Year of volunteering
Favorite Open Space Preserve
As a volunteer for the Open Space Authority, you will help preserve and protect valuable natural resources for yourself and future generations. At the same time, you’ll get a chance to learn about the environment, meet interesting people, work hard, and have fun. Learn more about volunteer roles.
Enjoy and Protect
Trail Patrol team members are agency ambassadors and information resources for visitors, and commit to patrolling the Authority’s open space preserves a minimum of once a month, on foot, bicycle or horseback.
Fun and Fairs
Community Outreach Volunteers represent the Authority at community festivals, nature or science themed fairs, and other public events.
Restore and Preserve
Land Steward volunteers assist Authority staff with trail maintenance, habitat restoration, fencing and cleanup projects.
Educate and Inspire
Docents share information about nature and the Authority's mission and work, leading groups on fun, educational programs and activities.
Learn and Manage
Trail Masters is a fun, hands-on, skills-based program designed to train volunteers to complete trail maintenance and field work alongside Authority staff
Trail Patrol, Docent, and Community Outreach roles are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Youth aged 14-17 are welcome in the Land Stewards Program or for Internship and Special Projects with parental consent. Contact Gavin for more information.