Park Offers Free Volunteer Docent Training Class
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7123
An introduction to interpretation at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Three Sundays: April 15, 22, and 29, 2007, 10:30am-4:30pm
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is offering a free, three-day training course for those interested in joining the park’s volunteer docent program. The training will introduce participants to maritime history, the park’s historic ships and library, and the art of presenting public programs aboard the ships. This course occurs on three consecutive Sundays: April 15, April 22, and April 29, from 10:30am-4:30pm. The course includes an additional eight hours of on-the-job training to be scheduled in May.
Learn the stories preserved by the park’s collection of authentic 19th century ships, and chart a new course as a guide and steward of this unique “floating national park.” Once trained, docents will share their knowledge with park visitors through educational programs and informal contacts. Work is mainly outdoors, on the waterfront of beautiful San Francisco Bay. Volunteers at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park have free access to a variety of fun and interesting park activities, including regular sailing trips on San Francisco Bay.
There is no charge for this training. Reservations are required. To register or to request more information, please contact Terry Dorman, Volunteer Coordinator, at 415-556-1613 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, a visitor center, and maritime library. The park offers both regular programs and special events. For more information about the park and its public programs, please call 415-447-5000. Images are available at http://www.nps.gov/safr/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm. (Note: The Maritime Museum at 900 Beach Street is closed for renovation. It will reopen in 2009.)
Did You Know?
The 1895-built lumber schooner C. A. Thayer returned to Hyde Street Pier at San Francisco Maritime NHP in 2007 after an extended dry-docking to rebuild her hull. Twenty percent of her older timbers were saved and the rebuilding of her deckhouses is underway. More...