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Sept. 17, 2007

Subject: Docents needed for Lodi Lake

Contact: Kathy Grant, Parks Department, (209) 339-8722.

Volunteer docents sought for Lodi Lake Nature Area

The City of Lodi is recruiting volunteers to lead school groups on educational tours of the Lodi Lake Nature Area.

An informational meeting and free training is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Hutchins Street Square's Cottage Room (125 S. Hutchins St.). Lori Ann Pelasi, a certified trainer for the National Association for Heritage Interpreters, will present a workshop highlighting an overview of interpretation methods, principles and techniques.

The Lodi Lake Nature Area is a 58-acre nature study area at Lodi Lake Park.  Purchased by the City of Lodi in 1977, this riparian forested area with trails along the Mokelumne River serves an outdoor classroom for the hundreds of local school students which come for nature tours led by volunteer docent nature guides. 

Future monthly docent meetings, on the second Monday of each month at the Lodi Public Library, provide on-going training. Docents would then be required to lead at least two tours per month through December, and from February to June, depending on weather. All tours take place between 9 a.m. and noon on weekdays.

No previous experience is required, though a fingerprinting and criminal background check is required by law.  Please contact Kathy Grant, Parks Department, City of Lodi, at (209) 339-8722 for more information regarding the program or upcoming training.  This experience would be suitable for college or high school classes that require community service, field experience or internships. 

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