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Topanga State Park wants you to volunteer as a naturalist this fall

Botany and plant identification at Trippet Ranch Visitor Center (Courtesy image).
Botany and plant identification at Trippet Ranch Visitor Center (Courtesy image).

Topanga State Park is seeking out ready-made naturalists to volunteer this fall. The Topanga Canyon Docents offer their annual program to prospective docents beginning mid September. Learn about the flora, fauna, natural history, and Native American cultures of the Santa Monica Mountains. Share the knowledge you’ll gain by volunteering on their family walks, school walks, or by greeting visitors at the Visitor Center. The training program is taught by highly respected educators and professional naturalists from local colleges, museums, and conservation-based institutions. If you’ve ever hiked the hills and canyons and have longed to share what you see, this training is perfect for you.

The classroom and in-the-field training takes place on alternating Saturdays and includes docent-led interpretive walks on several Sundays from September through December. All classes are held at the Trippet Ranch Visitor Center in Topanga State Park. The fall 2015 dates will be: September 12 and 26; October 10 and 24; November 7 and 21; and December 5.

Complimenting the Saturday lecture series are docent-led hikes in Topanga State Park on five Sundays: September 20;October 4 and 18; and November 1 and 15. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Christy Brigham from the National Parks Service. The training course fee includes a one-year membership.

For registration information visit www.topangacanyondocents.org and click on fall training registration form.

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