Topanga_Canyon_Docents_Trail_Maps_State_ParkTopanga Canyon Docents are volunteer naturalists at Topanga State Park.

We are looking for people who would like to be volunteers with our group. Learn about the Santa Monica Mountains and share the knowledge you will gain with park visitors. We hold this program every fall, and it’s fun, fascinating, and friendly.

Our docent training classes are held every other Saturday beginning mid-September through the end of November.  On alternate weekends we hold docent-led interpretive walks on Sunday mornings.  The fall training takes place at the Visitor Center at Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park.

Our docents lead hikes for adults and schoolchildren, host a Visitor Center, and provide park visitors with information about hikes and trails, as well as the natural and cultural resources of Topanga State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains.

Have you ever wished to develop a more thorough understanding of the unique natural environment of the Santa Monica Mountains?

In the Fall Docent Training at Trippet Ranch, you will have the opportunity to learn about our docent program and to learn naturalist and leadership skills from experts.

This program will teach you about plant and animal identification; the Tongva, the Chumash and their ancestors;  archeology in the park; and the significance of our local climate, ecology, and geology.

Our classes are taught by highly respected local educators and naturalists.

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Become a docent!

We’d love to have you join us

Joining our docent group at Topanga State Park is a wonderful opportunity for people who want to become involved with a small community of like-minded volunteers and nature lovers. Topanga Docents believe that exploring and sharing nature can be an endlessly fascinating and rejuvenating experience.

You’ll come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the interconnectedness, complexity, vitality, and beauty of our natural world!

What’s in it for you?

Use your abilities and skills outdoors

This training and subsequent Topanga Canyon Docent membership also provides participants with ongoing benefits such as seminars and educational workshops, hiking trips, field trips, social connections, and social events. You also will have the opportunity to attend our Spring Field Ecology Weekend, which is held at the group campsite at Malibu Creek State Park.

Most importantly, you will have an opportunity to contribute. You will discover the power of introducing people to the outdoors and to our parks, and the joy of sharing your love of nature.

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