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Reserve Tour Training Set
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A couple of upcoming training programs are being offered through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for those interested in becoming tour leaders at Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, interested parties are invited to attend the Elkhorn Slough Reserve Volunteer Orientation and Information Night, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville. The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve works to inspire conservation and preservation of the unique habitats of the Elkhorn Slough through research, stewardship and education. Volunteers help in this effort and participants in this free event will learn how to become involved. For more information, contact Ariel Hunter at or visit

Saturday, Jan. 26 will feature Elkhorn Slough Reserve Docent Training, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville. Participants will learn how to join the reserve’s volunteer docent team and aid in the conservation of coastal estuaries. Over a span of five Saturdays (beginning Jan. 26 and concluding on Feb. 23), participants will learn about local natural history while developing strategies for engaging the public. Docent-led tours are offered on weekends throughout the year. Scheduling is flexible and based on individual availability. For more information or to register for training, visit