State Park Volunteers

 Lead Tours and Hikes

Share their Love of Nature

Connect the Past to the Future

Preserve Ancient Cultures

 Celebrate Nature through Art

Participate in Parades, Fairs, Festivals & Special Events

And meet Wonderful People from the Antelope Valley

And from all Around the World!

Want to meet great people from the Antelope Valley and from all around the world? Want to share your love of nature and history? Do you enjoy the company of friendly and dedicated people? Then consider becoming a state park volunteer!

For more information, email Ranger Jean Rhyne:

Poppy Reserve Volunteer Training for 2020 Wildflower Season

 The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve’s two-day volunteer training for the 2020 spring wildflower season will be held on Saturdays February 1st and 8th.  Learn about the wildflowers, wildlife, history and volunteer duties at the training, and then meet people from around the world that have come to see our beautiful wildflowers! Volunteer opportunities include staffing the visitor center and gift shop, walking the trails, and/or leading tours.

 Volunteers may range in age from student to senior citizen, and no experience or prior knowledge is required. Volunteers must be interested in learning, and have a positive, friendly attitude. New volunteers must attend both training days and pass a background check. The active season is from March 1-May 10 (Mother’s Day), and a minimum average of 8 hours per month is required (scheduling is flexible).  Call (661) 946-6900 or email for more information or to sign up for the training.

 When:  9 am – 3 pm, Saturdays February 1 and 8 (new volunteers must attend both days)

 Where: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, 15101 Lancaster Road, Lancaster.

Directions:  From Hwy 14, go west off the Avenue I exit and continue 15 miles.  Avenue I turns into Lancaster Road; the reserve is on the right. 

From Hwy 138, go south on 170th Street West and left on Lancaster Road.  The reserve is on the left.


Volunteer Training for

Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park

 Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park in Tehachapi needs volunteers! California State Parks is offering a training for volunteers to assist with any of the following activities: leading tours, promoting the park at festival booths, presenting school group programs, archaeological site monitoring, assisting at special events, and other duties. Learn about the culture and life ways of the Kawaiisu Indians, wildflowers of the Tehachapi Mountains, wildlife, the region’s colorful history, and volunteer duties at the 2-day training. 

 No experience or prior knowledge is necessary, and all ages are welcome.  Volunteers must be interested in learning, and have a positive, friendly attitude.  Activities and schedules are flexible, based on abilities and interests. Applicants must complete the training and a background check before beginning volunteer work.  Call (661) 946-6900 or email for more information, or to sign up for the training.

 When:  9 am – 3 pm, Saturdays April 4th and 11th (must attend both training dates)

Where: Training sessions will be held at Tehachapi Community Congregational Church’s Friendship Hall, 100 East E Street, Tehachapi (park in lot on the east side of the building)

Quotes from volunteers:

"The time I have spent as a volunteer has been fascinating.  It is amazing how many people from all over the world come to the Antelope Valley to view our state flower, the California Poppy and the many other native wildflowers that bloom at the Poppy Reserve."

Jim, volunteer for over 25 years


 "I have volunteered at other places that were very enjoyable but demanded a huge time commitment. Here, I love that I’m constantly learning new facts about local plants and animals but it is also great that this commitment is only for 2 months every year and that I can choose the days I volunteer. I also love walking the trails and talking to all of our wonderful visitors."

Sandi, volunteer for 5 years