2017 Training Sessions

PtC 2015 Light Station TngThe Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. You may volunteer in the 1909 Lighthouse, help with Whale Festival (March 4-5 and 18-19), lead tours of the 300-acre State Historic Park, interpret Marine Science, or show off and interpret the history of the First Assistant Light Keeper’s Home.

Whether you are a new or existing volunteer or want to explore new opportunities at Point Cabrillo Light Station, we offer docent training classes each year before Whale Festival. The 2017 schedule of classes appears below.

First Assistant Lightkeeper’s House History

Saturday, February 4th, 10am to noon. Explore the history, restoration and stories of those that lived and worked at Point Cabrillo.  Meet downstairs at The First Assistant Lightkeeper’s House (East House). Contact: Ginny Wade (wwade@mcn.org).

Frolic History

Saturday February 4th, 1pm to 3pm.  Connect the history of the Frolic to its impact on Point Cabrillo, Mendocino and California.  Meet upstairs at the First Assistant Lightkeeper’s House (East House).  Contact: Robert Becker (rbecker@cal.net).

If you want to attend both trainings on February 4th, bring a sack lunch for the break.

Restoration History and Lighthouse History

Saturday February 11th, 1-4 pm.  Learn the history of our working Lighthouse.  New and returning docents encouraged to attend.  Meet upstairs at The First Assistant Lightkeeper’s House (East House). Contact: Kath Disney-Nilson (seakath1@sbcglobal.net). Or Tanya Smart (Tanya.Smart@comcast.net).

Marine Science Docent Training

Saturday February 18th, 10am to 3pm.  Experience the Marine Science exhibit and learn about the organisms that live in the salt water aquarium. Meet upstairs at The First Assistant Lightkeeper’s House (East House). Bring a sack lunch. Contact: Sarah Grimes (zewa@mcn.org) or David Flaim (davidflaim1@gmail.com).
IMPORTANT! Please schedule your Marine Science Whale Festival shift with Caroline Schooley, 964-9460 or schooley@mcn.org.

Whale Docent Training

Saturday February 25th, 10am to 3pm.  This training will highlight the biology, physiology and current conservation issues surrounding the California Gray Whale as well as interpretive techniques for outdoor naturalists.  Docents and naturalists from other groups are welcome to attend. Meeting place: IMPORTANT: We are meeting at Mendocino College, Fort Bragg Center (previously known as College of the Redwoods). 1211 Del Mar Drive, Fort Bragg, CA. Room 120. Bring a sack lunch.  Contact: Tanya Smart, (Tanya.Smart@comcast.net).

Lens Tour training/refresher

Saturday February 25th, 3pm to 4pm.  Discover how the 3rd Order Fresnel Lens, Federal Aid to Navigation functions today and its history. Be a part of the team that helps with lens tours, a significant source of income for Point Cabrillo. You MUST RSVP ahead of time if you want this training. Contact: Steve Nilson (snilson_mendo@sbcglobal.net). (underline between nilson and mendo)

Set Up

Help get Point Cabrillo Light Station ready for the Whales and their Watchers – contact admin@pointcabrillo.org for flexible dates and times.