Tule Elk Docent Training and Development: Training and Activity Schedule

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Complete before July 9 in-class training

For: New and returning docents attending Saturday and Sunday in-class training days

For:

  • Returning docents attending only the Sunday in-class training day
  • Returning docents unable to attend any of the in-class training days
  1. Read the Tule Docent position description
  2. Complete Volunteer Agreement form (new docents only)
  3. Complete CLETS form (new docents only)
  4. Join the Tule Elk Docent Facebook group
  5. View tule elk videos
  6. Read about tule elk natural history
  7. View videos on the care and use of radios and optical equipment
  8. Read about how to facilitate connections between visitors and Point Reyes
  1. Read the Tule Docent position description
  2. Join the Tule Elk Docent Facebook group
  3. View tule elk videos

Complete before July 9 in-class training

For: New and returning docents attending Saturday and Sunday in-class training days For: Returning docents attending only Sunday in-class training day
  1. Read about tule elk natural history
  2. View videos on the care and use of radios and optical equipment
  3. Read about how to facilitate connections between visitors and Point Reyes

Complete by July 9

For: New docents For: Returning docents
  1. Select your docent workdays at Doodle.com.
  2. Provide additional information needed for the docent program at SurveyMonkey.com.
  1. Select your docent workdays at Doodle.com.
  2. Provide additional information needed for the docent program at SurveyMonkey.com.

Complete by ?

For: New docents For: Returning docents
  1. Read about the history of the National Park Service.
  2. Read about the organization of the National Park Service.
  3. Read about the rules and regulations at Point Reyes.
  4. Complete the online course “Informal Visitor Contacts.”
  1. Complete the online course “Informal Visitor Contacts.”


 

Volunteer Agreement Form (new docents only)
Download, print, complete, and sign the Volunteer Agreement form. This form formalizes the relationship between you as the volunteer and the National Park Service as the sponsoring agency. All volunteers must have a completed and signed Volunteer Agreement form on file. Please bring your completed form to the first day of training.

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CLETS form (California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System form) (new docents only)
Download, print, read, and sign the CLETS form. Because you will be using the park's two-way radios, you will hear law enforcement-related information that is considered privileged, such as personal information during a traffic stop. By signing the CLETS form, you agree not to share this information with anyone outside of your volunteer duties at Point Reyes National Seashore. Please bring your signed CLETS form to the first day of training.

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Tule Elk Docent Facebook Group
The Tule Elk Docent Facebook group will be the primary means by which all of us will share and communicate observations, photos, and thoughts about our most recent volunteer docent days. It will be a vehicle to learn from each other and continue our training as docents. This Facebook group is "closed" where others outside of the group will not be able to see the content that we share among ourselves.

In order to join, you will first have to open a Facebook account. If you don't have a Facebook account, please register for one at www.facebook.com. Registration is simple. For help with Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/help.

If you are hesitant about being and interacting on social media, you can adjust your privacy settings and completely hide yourself from the Facebook community and not participate on Facebook at large. However, we expect you to participate in the Tule Elk Docent Facebook group, and the only way to do that is through a Facebook account.

Once you have a Facebook account, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/217865111695269/ where you can request to join the group. Doug will then add you to the group.

If you need help with Facebook, please contact Doug, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 am to 5:30 pm, at 415-464-5145 or at doug_hee (at) nps.gov.

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View Tule Elk Videos
View the following videos on tule elk one at a time.

After viewing each video, answer the question, "What caught my attention, what was most interesting, and/or what was most memorable?" Your first impressions are most informative; do not think too hard about it. You need to identify only one or two things.

Once you have your responses to each video, record them on the Tule Elk Docent Facebook group. Look for the post for each video and add your responses as a comment. We will be discussing the responses at the training. (To search quickly, click the magnifying glass icon at the lower right hand corner of the tule elk photo at the top of the page and search for "2016 Training Video".)

  1. Elk Return to the Bay Area
  2. Tule Elk
  3. Tule Elk: California's Legacy of Wildness
  4. West Coast Wapiti

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Tule Elk Natural History
Read and be familiar with tule elk natural history. We will be reviewing this information at the training.

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Videos on the Care and Use of Radios and Optical Equipment
View the following videos before attending the training:

  1. Radio Use, Introduction (9 min.)
  2. Radio Use, Making and Receiving Calls (10 min.)
  3. Radio Use, Care and Ettiquette (6 min.)
  4. Scopes and Tripods, Introduction (11 min.)
  5. Scopes and Tripods, How to Use (14 min.)
  6. Binoculars (7 min.)

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Facilitating Connections Between Visitors and Point Reyes
Facilitating connections between visitors and Point Reyes is at the heart of being a docent. You will read an overview about how this is accomplished, and we will continue the discussion at the training.

  1. Go to www.eppley.org.
  2. Click the "Log In" link at the top of the page.
  3. In the Email Address box, enter "doug_hee (at) nps.gov". [Replace "(at)" with "@"].
  4. In the Password box, enter "volunteer".
  5. Click the "Login" button.
  6. When you see the "You are now logged in as doug_hee (at) nps.gov" message, click the "My Courses" link at the top of the page.
  7. Click on the "Foundations of Interpretation" link.
  8. Click on the "Enter Course" link at the bottom edge of the photo.
  9. Click on the "Course Chapters" link in the left-hand column.
  10. Click on the "What Skills Do Interpreters Need?" link in the left-hand column. Read the page that appears. You do NOT have to follow the "Forward" button at the bottom of the page.
  11. Click on the "Knowledge of the Resource" link in the left-hand column. Read the page that appears. You do NOT have to follow the "Forward" button at the bottom of the page.
  12. Click on the "Knowledge of the Audience" link in the left-hand column. Read the page that appears. You do NOT have to follow the "Forward" button at the bottom of the page.
  13. Click on the "Appropriate Techniques" link in the left-hand column. Read the page that appears and explore the links describing the various techniques. You do NOT have to follow the "Forward" button at the bottom of the page.

You are welcome to explore and study the rest of this course if you wish.

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Last updated: June 21, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone:

(415) 464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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