Volunteers bring their enthusiasm to Sedgwick and make so much of what happens here possible! After training with experts in everything from Sedgwick history to plant and animal ecology to geology, docents lead public hikes and community workshops, work with school children in education programs, and help with work projects on the Reserve.  Most significantly, docents bring their own knowledge, talents, and interests to the Reserve.

The Reserve is open to the public on a managed access basis only. Volunteering provides a unique opportunity to enjoy Sedgwick year round. To join us, email Outreach and Communications Specialist Nikki Evans at nevans@ucsb.edu or call us at 805-686-1941.  Please note that volunteers must complete an application and docents who work with children must complete a background check and submit to fingerprinting.

Besides leading educational hikes, volunteer opportunities include:

  • Phenology monitoring
  • e-Bird bird monitoring
  • iNaturalist observation recording
  • gathering seeds and specimens for the native plant nursery
  • maintaining building and grounds
  • restoring habitat
  • censusing wildlife
  • cataloging archival documents
  • helping with events
  • mapping and maintaining trails
  • public relations
  • fundraising
  • assisting with office and computer tasks