Petroglyph escort training Sat.

CHINA LAKE — Petroglyph escort and tour guide training will take place Saturday, Feb. 29, at 8 a.m. at the Maturango Museum.

The day-long training will cover environmental, security and administrative issues related to the tours, Little Petroglyph Canyon and the Naval Air Weapons Station.

This training is required for an applicant 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 out to this cultural treasure and are responsible for protecting the site and the security of the base, while educating participants on this National Historic Landmark.

Command-approved escorts and guides can volunteer for the types 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 lead guide or escort, a volunteer must be able to commit to assisting with two tours per year, as it is required that all tours have at minimum of 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, hats, plenty of water, food and cars in good working condition and full tanks of gas. Please note that carpooling will be required as the number of vehicles allowed out to the site is limited.

To register, call the museum at 760-375-6900 or e-mail full legal name, date of birth, citizenship, phone number and e-mail address to petro@maturango.org. Enrollment is available on a first come, first serve basis so register early.

Story First Published: 2020-02-28