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Environmental center needs docents

Lake Tahoe Basin residents with an interest in teaching people about the region’s environmental assets and challenges are needed to serve as volunteer docents at a new public education center in Incline Village.

The Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center opens Oct. 14 in the new Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the Sierra Nevada College campus.

The new public education center is a program of the University of California, Davis.

“We are expecting that thousands of children and adults will tour the Long Center exhibits, and we need informed, enthusiastic docents to help them get the most out of their visits,” said Long Center education coordinator Heather Segale.

Visitors to the center are expected to include school groups from the greater Tahoe region as well as area residents and basin visitors, she said.

Four half-day training classes are planned for the new docents.

Those classes will be held at the center from 9:30 a.m. to noon on four consecutive Thursdays on Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

In the future, docents also may be asked to address visitors to the historic UC Davis Tahoe City Field Station, when renovations are completed in 2007-08.

For more information about the docent program, contact Long Center education coordinator Heather Segale at (530) 583-3279, ext. 10, or e-mail hmsegale@ucdavis.edu.

In addition to the Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center, the new three-story Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building will house offices and laboratories of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), Desert Research Institute, and University of Nevada, Reno; offices, laboratories and classrooms for Sierra Nevada College students; and conference space for 150 people.

The new building itself is intended to contribute to the environmental health of the basin. Docents will describe how its design and construction incorporate numerous features that use recycled materials and are energy efficient.

The public is invited to the building’s grand opening celebration at 2 p.m. Oct. 14.

For more information about the docent program, contact Long Center education coordinator Heather Segale at (530) 583-3279, ext. 10, or e-mail hmsegale@ucdavis.edu.


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