Petroglyph escort and guide training is Sept. 23

NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE — Petroglyph escort and tour guide training will be held Sept. 23 at the Maturango Museum at 8 a.m.

The all-day event will cover environmental, security and administrative issues related to tours, Little Petroglyph Canyon and the Navy installation.

This training is required of anyone who seeks to become a command-approved petroglyph escort and conduct tours of Little Petroglyph Canyon, a National Historic Landmark located on the installation.

These command-approved volunteers escort hundreds of visitors each year to this cultural treasure and are responsible for protecting the site and the security of the base, while educating visitors to the landmark.

Command-approved escorts and guides can volunteer for the types of tours they are interested in, including 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. It’s 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 with a full tank of gas. Please note that carpooling will be required, as the number of vehicles allowed on 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. Classes are limited in size and available on a first come, first serve basis so register as early as possible.

Story First Published: 2017-09-15