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San Jose: Become a National Park Service Volunteer on Board Amtrak

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   Santa Clara County , Volunteers

All aboard!

The Trails & Rails program – a partnership between the National Park Service and Amtrak – is expanding to San Jose and now recruiting local volunteer docents.

(See a video about Trails & Rails:

San Jose’s Trails & Rails docents will ride in the observation car of the Amtrak Coast Starlight between San Jose and Paso Robles, delivering a program about California's history and landscape.

The Coast Starlight route parallels the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, a program of the National Park Service that commemorates the Spanish colonial migration route to the Bay Area. The San Jose docents will join 17 active Trails & Rails programs across the country.

Trails & Rails volunteers do not need to be historians or naturalists, but they must have an enthusiasm for public speaking and travel. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old with good mobility and available to make an average of two one-day trips per month between April and August. Uniforms, training, program materials, travel, and meals are all provided. (Transportation between home and the San Jose Amtrak Station, as well as parking at the station, are at the volunteers' own expense).

A day-long volunteer training will take place Saturday, Feb. 28, 2105 in San Jose.

To register for the training, or for more information, contact Hale Sargent, Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, at or 415-623-2344.


The Coast Starlight Trails & Rails program is administered by the South Coast Railroad Museum in Goleta, Calif., and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. For more information about the Trails & Rails Program aboard the Coast Starlight, contact: Trails & Rails Coordinator, South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 North Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117. Phone: 805-964-3540. Or, via e-mail:


Trails & Rails Volunteers on the Coast Starlight
The National Park Service is looking for San Jose-based volunteers to join its corps of Santa Barbara-based docents on board the Amtrak Coast Starlight. Ed and Bern (seated) are long-standing volunteers with Trails & Rails and the Anza Trail.


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