Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol


Oakland’s wildland park ambassadors

– as featured in the East Bay Times


Our mission is to welcome and assist park users, and improve the quality and safety of Oakland’s wildland park trails.


Volunteers in the Park Patrol program walk, jog, or ride through designated parks and trails. There are no schedules or required shifts. Regular park users integrate Park Patrol into their normal recreation routine, and engage in the following activities:

  • Welcome and assist park users; volunteers provide maps, information about trail conditions, and help park users understand park rules, regulations, and trail etiquette.
  • Report issues on trails or at other park facilities, and lead volunteer maintenance projects including clearing fallen trees, improving drainage, and rebuilding tread.
  • Report medical, fire, or other emergencies to the appropriate dispatch unit; Park Patrol may be contacted to assist in search and rescue functions as directed by officials.
  • Commit to at least 4 hours per month; volunteers are asked to log their hours.
  • Lead by example; unless directed otherwise by emergency personnel for a specific incident, Park Patrol volunteers must follow all park rules and regulations for their chosen activity.

Park Patrol operates in the following City of Oakland parks: Dimond Park, Dimond Canyon Park, Joaquin Miller Park, and Leona Heights Park.


Park Patrol participants are given special training for assisting park users, supporting emergency responders, and reporting park issues to the proper City of Oakland agencies. Park Patrol volunteers must complete a three-hour training session before receiving their Park Patrol jersey. CPR and First Aid Certification is strongly encouraged, and will be provided by the Oakland Fire Department (separate from the three-hour training session).

Upcoming Training Sessions

Registration for the classes in March are now closed. Please sign up for the Park Patrol newsletter below to receive announcements about future classes.


OaklandTrails.org is providing 100% of the funding for this program. The two-year budget for this program is $3,000. Tax deductible contributions, large or small, are greatly appreciated.

Please donate HERE.


OaklandTrails.org may use personal information to administer and operate Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol. For our privacy statement, click HERE.


Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol was co-founded in 2015 by Stan Dodson (Oakland Trails) and Oakland Vice Mayor and District 4 Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington. It was developed in collaboration with the Oakland Fire Dept., Oakland Police Dept., Oakland Parks & Rec., Oakland Public Works, Friends of Joaquin Miller Park, 22X NCPC, Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Assoc., Oakland Bike Patrol, and the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay. Stan Dodson, founder and executive director of Oakland Trails, provides the training and day-to-day management of this program.

Trail Tours

Park Patrol volunteers offer free hiking and mountain biking tours throughout the year. Visit our Trail Tours page HERE to learn more.


OaklandTrails.org is sponsored by the Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation. Donations are tax deductible.

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