Petroglyph escort training offered April 4, 5

CHINA LAKE — Training for new and current guides to conduct tours of Little Petroglyph Canyon, a national historic landmark located on the Naval Air Weapons Station, will take place April 4 and 5. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 4 — Refresher training for current guides who are Department of Defense employees will be held at the NAWS Confer-ence Center from 3 to 5 p.m. You must already be a guide to take this class.

Friday, April 4 — Refresher training for current guides who are not DOD employees or who could not make the earlier class will be held at the Maturango Museum from 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 5 — Full training for new guides or guides who are not current will be held at the Maturango Museum from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a trip to Little Petroglyph Canyon. Current guides not from the Ridgecrest area may attend this class and are not required to take the trip to the canyon.

Training covers environmental, security and administrative issues related to the tours, Little Petroglyph Canyon and the installation. The training is required to for volunteers to become command-approved petroglyph tour guides, volunteers who escort hundreds of visitors each year to this cultural treasure. The guides are responsible for protecting the site and the security of the base, while educating personnel on this national historic landmark. All tours are required to have two command-approved guides.

To register for a class, call the Maturango Museum at 760-375-6900 or e-mail your full legal name, date of birth, citizenship, phone number and e-mail address to by April 1. Class sizes are limited, so please register as early as possible.

Story First Published: 2014-03-19