There are lots of opportunities to volunteer at Doheny State Beach, for both one day events and longer term commitments. Check out our website’s calendar of events for currently scheduled events or sign up for the Doheny email list.
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Visitor Center: Be a docent in our Visitor Center. Share our displays of ocean critters and their environments, mammals and birds, reptiles and other displays with visitors and sell items at the gift shop. Docent training provided, as well as “on the job” training with fellow docents and park staff.
Beach Cleanups: There are numerous beach and park clean ups during the year. These events are held between 9 am to Noon on Saturdays and are coordinated by Park Naturalist Vicki Wiker. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves and recyclable or biodegradable bags. We usually rally up to start the event by the Lifeguard Headquarters by San Juan Creek on Doheny’s main beach.
Special Event Volunteers: Special events such as the Doheny Surf and Art Festival and Halloween Haunt are made possible by volunteers every year.
Native Plant Restoration: This is a fun, “get your hands dirty” activity that includes learning about native California species and the proper way to plant them. A Native Plants Planting Day is usually organized by Park Naturalist Vicki and scheduled in April.
Whale Walk Painting: When the repiping project at Doheny is completed, we will be repainting the Whale Walk along the Boardwalk.