Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 4, 2023

Last chance to enroll early in CIR docent training program

Last chance to enroll early in Channel Islands Restoration docent training program

Step 1: Enroll in our docent training module series

Enhance your skills as a docent from the comfort of your own home with our online modules. CIR is providing multiple opportunities to attend your first online training session, at the convenience of your own schedule.

From these virtual sessions, you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to start your journey as an educational docent and make a lasting environmental impact.

Module 1: (1.5-hour session held on Zoom. March 6 at 7:00 PM)

Module 2: (1.5-hour session held on Zoom, March 7, 8 and 10 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM)

Module 3: (1-hour session held at the San Marcos Foothills Preserve, March 11 & 19, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and March 15 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM) Our three part series must be taken sequentially, dates will be offered in March and April.

Watch this video from CIR’s Executive Director, Ken Owen, discussing the program.

Click below to choose your first docent training date.

Enroll today to start your training next week!

Module 1 March 6 7:00 PM

Help CIR provide important environmental education though our easy three step process, enroll in our program today!

Step 2: Familiarize yourself with our docent material


Discover the secrets to becoming a knowledgeable and engaging San Marcos Foothills docent by diving into our comprehensive docent training materials. Gain insight into effective communication techniques for the public, and learn how to connect with diverse audiences. A comprehensive, written docent manual will be provided during the training.

Step 3: Attend an in person site visit at the Foothills.


Bring your online docent training to life with an in-person culminating session. Join us for an immersive experience that will allow you to practice your newfound skills in a real-life setting, receive personalized feedback from expert docents, and connect with fellow learners. Through hands-on activities and engaging discussions, you’ll gain the confidence and experience you need to become an impactful docent in the Santa Barbara community.

Our program will provide the opportunity to learn from Chumash people about their traditions.

Some of the topics we’ll cover in our first docent module…
Subject Time
1.1 What is the San Marcos Foothills Preserve? 7:00 – 7:10 PM
1.3 Program Goals 7:10 – 7:20 PM
1.4 What is Channel Islands Restoration? 7:20 – 7:30 PM
1.5 Ecological setting 7:30 – 7:45 PM
2.0 Preserve Rules and Why They are Needed 7:45 – 7:55 PM
2.1 Allowed and Prohibited Activities 7:55 – 8:00
2.2 Why Preserve Rules are Important 8:00 – 8:10 PM
2.4 What Type of Recreation is Best in a Nature Preserve? 8:10 – 8:15 PM
2.5 Disappearing Wildlife, Including on the Preserve 8:15 – 8:20 PM
2.6 Reasons that Dogs Need to Be on Leashes: 8:20 – 8:30 PM

In coming months, CIR will be offering further training on the natural and cultural history of the San Marcos Foothills. The docent program is an excellent opportunity to learn about becoming a naturalist and to pass on that knowledge to others.

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