The Point Reyes National Seashore is offering free training to become docent volunteers this summer.
Docents will help park managers protect the threatened western snowy plover and tule elk and educate visitors at the national seashore. Docents help park managers balance wildlife protection and visitor recreation and help protect the snowy plover from disturbance during the nesting season by creating awareness among park visitors on the beach and trailheads.
Training for snowy plover docent volunteers is on June 16 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the national seashore's Bear Valley area. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Snowy plover docents must commit to a minimum of two weekend days per month through Labor Day.
Training for tule elk docent volunteers is on June 23 and 24 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Bear Valley area. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Tule elk volunteers must commit a minimum of six weekend days or holidays from July through September.
Tule elk docent volunteers help visitors understand, view and appreciate the elk during the rut, or mating season, and learn the history of tule elk in California and the national seashore.
All docents should be prepared for a variety of weather conditions and be able to spend long periods of time standing, walking or hiking.
For more information about tule elk docent training contact Doug Hee at (415) 464-5145. For information about Snowy Plover docent training contact James Aliberti at (415) 464-5925.
--Bay City News Service