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National Park Service Offers Free Volunteer Docent Training

A woman who volunteers at the park speaking with two men aboard the historic sailing ship BALCLUTHA.
Volunteer Docent Robin Mitchell speaking with two visitors aboard the 1886 ship BALCLUTHA,

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News Release Date: February 12, 2014
Contact: Mark Neuweld, Supervisory Park Ranger, 415-561-7174

An Introduction to Interpretation at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Sundays: April 27 and May 4, 2014, 10:00am-4:00pm

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is offering a free 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. This course occurs on two consecutive Sundays: April 27 and May 4, from 10:00am-4:00pm (11:00am-4:00pm on May 4). The course will include additional on-site 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 both indoors and 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 Mark Neuweld, Supervisory Park Ranger, at 415-561-7174 or mark_neuweld@nps.gov.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, a visitor center, maritime library, and the Aquatic Park Historic District. The park offers both regular programs and special events. For more information about the park and its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/safr


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