Petroglyph escort training planned

Petroglyph escort training plannedNAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION, CHINA LAKE — Petroglyph escort and tour guide training will take place March 4, 8.a.m., at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest.

Training will be an all-day event that covers environmental, security and administrative issues related to the tours of Little Petroglyph Canyon and the installation.

This training is required for anyone to become a command-approved petroglyph escort and conduct tours of Little Petroglyph Canyon, a National Historic Landmark located at China Lake. These command-approved volunteers escort hundreds of visitors each year out to this cultural treasure and are responsible for protecting the site and the security of the base, while educating personnel on the landmark.

Command-approved escorts and guides can volunteer for the type of tours they are interested in, to include Maturango Museum tours, private public tours, school tours and so forth. To maintain status as a command-approved guide or escort, a volunteer must be able to commit to assisting with two tours per year, as it is a requirement that all tours have two command-approved escorts.

After the in-class training, command escorts will take class participants out to Little Petroglyph Canyon as part of their training. Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately with hiking boots or closed shoes with good tread (as required for all tours), sunscreen, hat, plenty of water, food and a car in good working condition and a full tank of gas. Please note that carpooling will be required, since the number of vehicles allowed out to the site is limited.

To register for the 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 petro@maturango.org. Class size is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis so register as early as possible.

Story First Published: 2017-02-24