Keep the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center open on weekends

Sue Leskiw
Special to the Union

ARCATA MARSH – This is an urgent call for volunteers to keep the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center open, in order to greet people that come from down the street to around the globe. While summer is the busiest time for visitors, it is also the hardest season to line up volunteer help.

The Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center. | Arcata Eye photo

Friends of the Arcata Marsh and the City of Arcata ask all who enjoy recreating in our world-renowned Arcata Marsh to give something back to the place you love by becoming a volunteer.

Weekend welcome desk shifts are 4 hours, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sometimes, shifts can be shared, with two people each covering two hours.)

Training is scheduled at your convenience (weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Interpretive Center) and takes about 30 minutes.

You’ll need to fill out paperwork and get a Live Scan (be fingerprinted) at the Arcata Police Department (at no cost to you) before becoming an official City of Arcata volunteer.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Tasks include opening and closing the building, selling bookstore merchandise, answering questions about the Marsh, and directing people to the bathrooms.

The experience of volunteering at the Interpretive Center is never the same from day to day, because you don’t know what interesting people will stop by and talk with you.

Sometimes, things are slow and you can get a lot of reading, work, or needlework done!

Volunteers can access WiFi at the front desk.

To find out more, please call (707) 826-2359 or e-mail [email protected].




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