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ALL MOUNTAIN BIKERS AGE 18 AND OVER!
BIKE UNIT SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL (NPS) AND STATE
SERVICES AND THE MOUNTAINS RECREATION AND CONSERVATION
AUTHORITY (MRCA) IS
LOOKING FOR MOUNTAIN BIKERS WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN
JOINING THE UNIT. more
the outdoors? Volunteer! Come share your love of nature
and contribute your expertise by volunteering with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. We maintain and protect over 60,000
acres of open green space in the greater Los Angeles
area. Whether you wish to maintain mountain hiking trails
or patrol trails on horseback or mountain bike, or your
passion is guiding interpretive nature programs, working as a host in a nature center, or teaching environmental education programs,, we
can match your interests to a suitable park near you.
We offer excellent training in all categories of volunteerism
and can accommodate your busy schedule seven days a
Volunteer naturalists provide guided interptetive nature programs, host our nature center, or help patrol trails at many of our park locations. Thes duties are critical to
meeting the agency goal of providing visitor service
and education programs to the public at our park locations.
Volunteers take part in a nationally recognized training
program before staffing facilities and helping with
special events. Additional training is provided for
volunteers leading educational and interpretive programs
for both schools and the general public. Continuous
training is offered throughout the year in other specialty
areas. Parks featuring volunteer led programs include
Santa Clarita Woodlands,
Franklin Canyon Park, King Gillete Ranch, Temescal Gateway Park, Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve, Vista Hermosa Natural Park, and the Puente/Chino Hills in Whittier.
and Trail Maintenance & Restoration
Special workdays come up on a regular basis. These days
usually involve manual labor on rewarding work projects.
Some examples of workday projects include: historic
site restorations, trail building, invasive plant removal,
stream/river cleanups, litter removal, tree/vegetation
plantings, and many more. Inquire with your local volunteer
coordinator for upcoming workdays. Volunteers regularly
provide trail maintenance in the Santa
Clarita Woodlands Park.
Assistance Unit (MAU)
The MAU patrols Mountains Recreation and Conservation
Authority (MRCA) managed parks in the Santa Susana Mountains
from Moorpark to Santa Clarita. They also patrol Puente
Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority
owned or managed properties in the cities of Whittier,
Hacienda Heights and La Habra Heights in addition to
Bosque del Rio Hondo. Members of the unit ride their
own horses on trails and fire roads providing visitor
services under the supervision of MRCA rangers. Each
member is asked to patrol a minimum of 60 hours and
attend at least two quarterly meetings per year.
Bike Unit (MBU)
The MBU patrols in the Santa Monica Mountains National
Recreation Area and Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat
Preservation Authority owned or managed properties in
the cities of Whittier, Hacienda Heights and La Habra
Heights. MBU exisits to educate and care for mountain
biking needs and mountain bike user groups. MBU is supervised
by State Parks, the National Park Service, and the Mountains
Recreation and Conservation Authority. MBU consists
of approximately 150 volunteers that work closely with
rangers and are trained in first aid, CPR, and visitor
contact skills. MBU helps to enrich your park experience
by providing safety and education for mountain bike