UCSB Sedgwick Reserve is combining its widely-acclaimed docent training program with simultaneous public presentations on all the subjects it takes to become an interpretive naturalist.
The popular subjects include geology and landforms; astronomy; wildflowers; birding; native oaks and grasslands; general ecology; mammals and insects; Chumash history, and more.
Those interested may join the program as a docent recruit free of charge or attend only selected presentations that are of interest for a suggested donation. The sessions are conducted bi-weekly on Fridays beginning in November.
They are typically conducted by university professors or local experts, in a casual manner at the ranch, and on field trips throughout the ranch as a part of each session.
Docent graduates are then expected to participate in various public outreach programs, such as the outdoor classroom, school field trips, the native plant nursery, and public hikes. Docent recruits will be trained to interpret the natural world for kids and adults alike without having to get a Ph.D. in natural history.
If hiking amid wildflower-covered hills, teaching children about nature, helping to keep the ranch programs running, or just attending these enjoyable sessions for your own education, then contact Amy Miller for more information at 686-1941 and plan to attend an open house at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the reserve.