Volunteer Support


Volunteers are the heart and soul of the National Park Service and Cabrillo National Monument.

The Foundation provides volunteers the support necessary such as apparel, equipment, and supplies to keep themselves and the public safe and well-informed as well as to protect and preserve the Park’s cultural, historical, and natural resources.

Cabrillo National Monument Foundation proudly sponsors annually a volunteer appreciation event acknowledging the hundreds of hours Park volunteers contribute to Cabrillo National Monument and its visitors.


Volunteers-in-Parks Program

    • The Volunteer-In-Parks program (VIP) provides fundamental support for park operations every day. Volunteers allow us to move forward with achieving the NPS mission expanding services to visitors and protection for park resources that would be impossible with the small staff of two field rangers.
    • Cabrillo National Monument Foundation funding supports the efforts of 300+ active and dedicated volunteers who collectively work more than 17,000 hours annually. Volunteers assist with natural, cultural and historical aspects of interpretation, visitor services, and conservation. Foundation funding is used for uniforms, training, recognition items, tools and specialty equipment. The park receives a modest amount of federal funds for the volunteer program but these funds are limited and restricted, so funding from the Foundation is crucial and appreciated.

To learn more about volunteering with the National Park Service and to get started, visit volunteer.gov or email cabr_volunteers@nps.gov.