The Topanga Canyon Docents (TCD) is an organization of volunteer docents at Topanga State Park. Each year a Fall Naturalist Training Program is offered to introduce new docents to the program. Learn about the ﬂora, fauna, natural history, and Native American cultures of the Santa Monica Mountains. Share the knowledge you’ll gain when you become a volunteer park docent with the Topanga Canyon Docents for their public walks, school walks, or by greeting visitors at the Visitor Center at Trippet Ranch. This training program is taught by highly respected educators and professional naturalists from local colleges, museums, and conservation-based institutions. If you’ve ever hiked the hills and canyons and have longed to share what you see, this training is perfect for you! The classroom and in-the-ﬁeld training takes place every other weekend on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Trippet Ranch Visitor Center in Topanga State Park. In addition, ﬁve docent-led interpretive walks are on the alternate weekends, on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Membership in TCD includes other beneﬁts besides the training program. Throughout the year docent members have hikes, potluck gatherings, trips, seminars and educational workshops. The cost of this program in $100. The training course fee includes a one-year membership. Come enjoy Topanga State Park, a unique wild area close to home.
DOCENT TRAINING SESSIONS
SIX SATURDAY CLASSES 9:30-3:30 pm September 14, 28; October 12, 26; November 9, 23
FIVE SUNDAY INTERPRETIVE WALKS 9:30-12:30 pm September 22; October 6, 20; November 3, 17
Study Subjects include: • Chumash and Tongva Cultures • Native Plants and Plant Communities • Fire Ecology • Geology • Mammals, Insects and Birds • Reptiles/Amphibians • Climate and Its Effect • Naturalist Leadership
Registration forms may be downloaded from our website: Docents Fall Training Registration Now Open – Topanga Canyon Docents
Docents Fall Training Registration Now Open – Topanga Canyon Docents
Learn more about the nature that surrounds you and become a Docent volunteer.
If you have questions, please contact our registration coordinator,
Karin Benson, at 310-455-3143 or email@example.com
Open to all!
Want to visit a new hiking trail but need a ride? We got you! Join us on a free hike led by one of our experienced and bilingual naturalists, or if you’d prefer you can explore the park on your own.
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All fitness levels are welcome!
All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Bus Arrives at 9:00 AM and will return by 4:00 PM.
Seating is on a first come, first-served basis.
Meet at Pacoima City Hall. We’ll load onto a bus and then head to Topanga Beach.
WHAT TO BRING:
Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes. Pack water, a lunch, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses in a backpack. Bring swimwear and a towel if you plan on getting in the water!
Presented by Community Nature Connection in association with Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, all working to connect you to your public lands!
Can’t make it? Trips are scheduled at Pacoima City Hall on select dates throughout the year! Check our Facebook Events page for more trips.
Do you think about what’s on your plate? Southern California rests on the Pacific Plate and the Santa Monica Mountains are a result of the Earth’s continuous shifting. These mountains have a fascinating origin story that shape how we live our lives today. Enjoy a hike with a park ranger and discover how plates move, mountains lift, get squeezed, and wither away to create the beautiful place we call Southern California.
Meet at the Solstice Canyon parking lot for this is a moderate 2 mile guided hike. All are welcome. Hike begins at 10:00 AM.
Please bring water, sunscreen, a hat, sturdy shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather.
Hike with Ranger Mithra and learn about the protection and survival of the park’s last large mammal carnivores. Hear what wildlife biologists are discovering from a 17-year study and explore the puma’s unique challenges in the nation’s largest urban park.
The moderately strenuous hike will be about 3 miles round trip on the Ocean/Canyon View Loop at Zuma Canyon. Bring sun protection, water and sturdy shoes. Meet in parking lot at north end of Bonsall Drive in Malibu. The hike and parking are free.