Sugar Pine Point State Park: Volunteer for Living History Day, trail treks, garden at Ehrman mansion |

Sugar Pine Point State Park: Volunteer for Living History Day, trail treks, garden at Ehrman mansion

California State Parks Sierra District/Submitted tThe elegance of summering at the lakefront, in the high style of Old Lake Tahoe, returns to Sugar Pine Point State Park on Living History Day, Saturday, July 30. A volunteer meeting is scheduled for June 18, 10 a.m.

TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; Just two weeks ago a weekend at Tahoe meant snow falling and sticking to the ground. Today the temperatures are climbing into the 70and#8217;s for perfectly warm, Tahoe summer days. For area volunteers and second homeowners, it is time to don the summer clothing and prepare for Sugar Pine Point State Parkand#8217;s highlights of summer.

With cutbacks at the state level, volunteers are needed and appreciated more than ever. On Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m., volunteers will meet at Sugar Pine Pointand#8217;s District Office, 7360 W. Lake Blvd., at the park entrance to plan the July 30 Living History Day at Pine Lodge. A core of volunteers will return to the committee, but new recruits are needed. Volunteering as a chairperson takes some organizational skills, but mostly it requires a cheerful, friendly nature, and a desire to be a part of the West Shore community. For volunteering information call Rosie Smith at 530-525-6402.

Volunteering with the parks provides the opportunity to access areas casual visitors donand#8217;t normally see. Instead of hiking one mile down to Emerald Bay and trudging back up, you could be the escort who leads visitors who have difficulty making the walk in their cars and share an accessible tour of Lora Knightand#8217;s castle-like home with visitors. Docents in this area must learn the vibrant history of Emerald Bay.

Every day of the week there is a need for volunteers. If you are the avid hiker willing to slow the pace and share your knowledge of flora and fauna, you are needed as a trail docent. Perhaps you are a gardener, well-known for your green thumb. Here is your chance to meet other gardening enthusiasts and help restore the historical gardens at the Ehrman Mansion. Can you be that friendly face who greets visitors as they enter the park? Share important information with our visitors and help ensure their visit to the park is safe and enjoyable.

Volunteer orientation will be held on Thursday, June 23, at 10 a.m. For more information leave a message for Heidi Doyle, volunteer program manager at 530-583-3074.

The weather is warm, Lake Tahoe is many shades of blue, and the visitors are coming. Letand#8217;s go outside, enjoy our local state parks, and help others to make Tahoe memories.

and#8212; Submitted by Victoria Workman, Victoria Workman

Living History Day publicity chair, 530-525-0537

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