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.

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