Native American volunteers needed at the Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a Help Wanted flyer, and a follow up call from Park Ranger, Barry Robertson in regards to the flyer stating that the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is looking for Native Americans to volunteer at the park.

Native Americans whom are interested in volunteering their time at the Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Park are encouraged to attend the upcoming meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 25th, 2014, from 11:am to 1:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to share your culture, traditions and beliefs with everyone.

Chaw’se is the Miwok word for Grinding Rock.

Some of the programs available at Chaw’se are: Roundhouse Fires, Guided Walks and Special Presentations, Campfire Programs, Traditional Crafts and Skills Demonstrations, Native Plant Gardener, Library, Rock Cleaning, Trail Maintenance, Visitor Center, Activity Center, Activity Coordinator, Archive & Museum Collection, Junior Ranger and School Tours.

About the Park:
Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park (IGR) is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills 12 miles east of Jackson, CA. The park nestles in a little valley 2,400 feet above sea level with open meadows and large valley oaks that once provided the Native Americans of this area with an ample supply of acorns. The park was created in 1968 and preserves a great outcropping of marbleized limestone with some 1,185 mortar holes — the largest collection of bedrock mortars in North America.

The park is northeast of Stockton in the lower foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Take State Highway 88 East through Jackson to the town of Pine Grove. Take a left turn on Pine Grove-Volcano Road and approximately 1.5 miles later you will arrive at the park. The second turnoff is the main entrance to the day use area while the first turn off is to the campground.

For more information call (209) 296-7488 or email Barry.Robertson@parks.ca.gov.