A Special Thank You to All the Volunteers and Docents of the Crystal Cove Family!
Crystal Cove State Park wouldn’t be the special place that it is without the contribution of our volunteers. Many of Park’s docents and volunteers come from different walks of life, but one thing remains constant: their love for Crystal Cove and their passion to make it the best place that it can be.
Marty Sorkin has been volunteering with CCSP since 2002. He can be frequently seen welcoming and interacting with park guests in the Visitor’s Center, as well as running tidepool programs in the Historic District.
“When I talk to people about some of the early history of Crystal Cove, the movies filmed here and the history behind the cottages, I can put meaning into this place and make a difference in someone’s experience,” he says. “That becomes the reward for volunteering and I hope I can do that for people visiting here.”
Susan Johnson, who has been a CCA volunteer since 2014, can be found lending her talents in the administrative office in Cottage #5. Her love for Crystal Cove was the main reason she became a volunteer.
“Our family has always enjoyed the beach at Crystal Cove and we often wondered what was to become of the cottages,” she says. “When I learned that Crystal Cove Alliance needed some help in the main office I decided to volunteer and I’m glad to be one of the people helping the Alliance preserve this unique area for all to enjoy.”
Mike Fenderson has been volunteering in the Historic District for the past twenty years. Having grown up in Crystal Cove’s tent camping community Mike brings a wealth of knowledge to the Historic Tours he helps lead with CCA Founder and Interim President Laura Davick.
“I’m really grateful for how well preserved Crystal Cove is today,” he says. “Having the privilege of being able to stay involved in something as dynamic as Crystal Cove gives me the opportunity to stay connected to the place where I spent my entire youth, and that is a big deal.”
CCSP and CCA volunteers spend hundreds of hours every year helping support programs in the Park. If you’re interested in becoming a CCSP volunteer, the State Park hosts an annual training every fall. To be put on list for future trainings, please visit CCSP’s website
You can also visit the CCA’s current openings to check out specific volunteer opportunities with Crystal Cove Alliance!