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The South Yuba River offers many interesting and diverse opportunities for docents in a beautiful and historical setting. Docents are the driving force behind a variety of programs including:

You will learn more about the influence of the South Yuba River on the region; the history of horse-drawn transportation presented in our newly renovated barn and wagons; the influence of the covered bridge on local history; natural features including birds, wildlife, native plants, wildflower and river ecology. And YOU can share all this with our park visitors!



Training for new docents takes place every March. A reception is held in early March to explain Park programs to prospective volunteers.


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Bridgeport “Open House” 2018

Saturday February 24th 10am-Noon at Bridgeport


We will have docents on site to show prospective docents and volunteers what types of volunteer opportunities we currently have at the South Yuba River.


The barn, gas station and visitor center will be open.



Due to the upcoming forecasted inclement weather and the safety of our staff, potential new volunteers and current volunteers, California State Parks has made the decision to reschedule the date of the March 3rd New Volunteer sign-up to March 17th.
Sign-Ups conducted at Empire Mine SHP, Docent Training Room
March 10th or 17th 10791 E Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945 9am to 3pm


Empire Mine State Historic Park Docent Room


This training will cover what a “volunteer means to California State Parks”.

Discussing park policies, procedures and philosophy. We will, as a group, be guided through the hiring paperwork and discuss the benefits of being a State Park volunteer.


We will have onsite finger printing “live scan” being conducted during the Saturday sessions since a criminal background check is required prior to working as a State Park volunteer. Individuals will need to bring to the training a photo ID and $10 check for the background processing.



For any additional questions or concerns please contact:

Ranger Marc Wetherbee State Park Peace Officer - Ranger, Badge# 1195 CA State Parks: Sierra District, South Yuba River State Park

Office: (530)432-2546,

Fax: (530)432-4182 17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946




at 530-432-2546 or call Paul Keasberry at 432-1947

Photo Credits: Steve Pauly