The Laguna Ocean Foundation’s Tidewater Docent program is looking for new volunteers. The next formal docent training will be held at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point on Thursday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m.
The program continues to educate the general public with current information and regulations regarding the protection of local beaches. Docents spend time at Crescent Bay, Shaw’s Cove, Heisler Park, Wood’s Cove, Goff Island, and Treasure Island teaching visitors about the organisms, ecology and regulations of the city’s marine protected areas.
Through education, the docents have empowered the general public to also take ownership and protect Laguna Beach’s valuable resources. Most people are simply unaware of the protected status of Laguna’s tidepools, and once informed are more than willing to comply. There is no doubt that the docents play a crucial role in the protection of our marine environment in Laguna Beach.
To qualify as a docent, volunteers must attend one formal training session of approximately 1.5 hours and accompany a professional educator for one on the job training at the tidepools. If you are interested in the program (or for more information) contact Jake Bonus at LagunaOceanFoundation@gmail.com.
Dennis McTighe is away. Look for his column next week.