Layia platyglossa, tidy tips and poppies Ring Mountain by Laura Lovett

Layia platyglossa, tidy tips and poppies Ring Mountain by Laura Lovett

This volunteer opportunity will run weekends from April through mid-June 2024. Participation in virtual and in-person training is required for all new volunteers. Virtual weeknight training will be held Tuesday evenings in March and early April. Two site visits to Ring Mountain will be on Saturday 3/23, and Sunday 4/6, from 10 am – 2 pm. A third optional site visit will be offered on 5/18. Some familiarity with native plants is helpful.

For additional details, questions, or to sign up, please contact Amanda Magallanes at

Potential docent activities

  • Walk, sit, or staff a table near wildflower hot spots during the main wildflower bloom period (April – mid-June).
  • Point out wildflowers (share names, interesting facts, etc.) and wildflower habitat, or assist visitors in finding wildflowers. We will train you!
  • Lead by example and educate about “leave no trace” and “stay on trails” ethics and wildflower viewing etiquette. Please note: volunteers will not be enforcing preserve rules
  • Take notes on commonly-asked visitor questions, visitor use patterns, and/or collect data on natural resources, (e.g., use iNaturalist to take observations).

Contact Amanda Magellanes, Marin County Open Space District at to signup, and for more information.Dudleya farinosa bluff lettuce Ring Mountain Ann ElliottDudleya farinosa, bluff lettuce Ring Mountain by Ann Elliott

Volunteer qualifications

  • No experience necessary, but botanical, gardening or native plant familiarity is
    very helpful
  • Must have an interest in engaging with a variety of visitors
  • Willing to lead by example and communicate “leave no trace” and “stay on trails” principles and ethical wildflower viewing
  • Comfortable with rugged outdoor conditions
  • Happy working independently or with a partner or small group
  • Must have, and carry, a working cell phone (for emergencies)
  • Must be 18 years or older (unless accompanied by a guardian)
  • Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation