Cal State Parks Color Logo PNGThe California State Mining and Mineral Museum has a small permanent staff. Therefore, we depend on our trained volunteers to provide educational tours to the many schools, community groups and international visitors that come to the Museum. Volunteers conduct “mine tunnel” tours, Junior Ranger programs, Gold Camp, panning programs, and serve as roving docents. If you have an interest in rocks and minerals, gemstones, mining, and California’s rich history, we have a program for you.

If you are not experienced in mining or mineral identification, museum staff and experienced volunteers will train and assist you every step of the way.  In addition to the experience of helping visitors, volunteers enjoy free admission to the Museum, free California State Park district day-use passes, and discounts in the gift and book shop.  Also, volunteers are invited to participate in additional training and field trips for fun and benefit.  After completion of training, we ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of 8 hours per month.

Most of all, you will know that you are helping to make our educational programs possible. You can share the excitement of the visitors as you help them discover the stories behind the artifacts, gold, and spectacular mineral specimens in the California State Collection.

Our first training meeting for 2016 will be on Wednesday, October 19th at 5:30 p.m. Training classes will be on Wednesday afternoons, at the Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa. Training will run from October 19 to December 14, 2016.  A complete schedule will be available at the first meeting.

Even a few hours a week can be of great help.  Contact volunteer coordinator Randy Bolt at (209) 742-7625 for further details.