2019 Training Sessions

If you’d like to become a volunteer at the Point Cabrillo Light Station, there are many ways to get involved. You may volunteer inside our Lighthouse gift shop and museum, help spot marine life during our Whale Festivals, lead tours of the 300-acre State Historic Park, interpret Marine Science, or share the history of the First Assistant Light Keeper’s Home.

Every year, the Point Cabrillo Light Station offers training sessions to current and future volunteers, in order to prepare for the upcoming Whale Festival Lens Tour season. This year’s Whale Festivals at Point Cabrillo will be on March 2nd and 3rd, and March 16th and 17th. Our classes and training sessions cover everything from whale migration to Mendocino Coast history, and you can peruse our opportunities to learn below.


Whale Docent Training

Saturday, February 2nd
10am – Noon

We will focus on using the adaptations and natural history of the Eastern Pacific Gray Whale to illuminate and connect people to this fascinating marine mammal. Meet upstairs at The First Assistant Lightkeeper’s House (East House).
Contact: Tanya Smart, (Tanya.Smart@comcast.net).

Lens Tour training/refresher

Saturday, February 2nd
1pm – 3pm

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. New AND experienced Docents are strongly encouraged to attend.
Contact: Steve Nilson (snilson_mendo@sbcglobal.net). (underline between nilson and mendo)

If you want to attend both trainings on February 2nd, bring a sack lunch for the break.

Marine Science Docent Training

Wednesday, February 6th
11am – 2pm

Experience the Marine Science exhibit and learn about the organisms that live in the salt water aquarium. Meet in the Smithy. If you cannot make this date, contact Sarah for an alternate Wednesday morning.
Contact: Sarah Grimes (707-813-7925).

IMPORTANT! Please schedule your Marine Science Whale Festival shift at this training or call Sarah with your preferred date (707-813-7925), or e-mail Tanya.Smart@comcast.net.

First Assistant Lightkeeper’s House History

Saturday, February 9th
10am – Noon

Explore the history 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).

Walking Tour Training/Refresher

Saturday, February 16th
10am – Noon

Lightstation and Restoration History for walking and bus tours. How to meet and engage groups with stories about Point Cabrillo’s development and restoration. Meet in the upper parking lot. Wear appropriate clothes and walking shoes.
Contact: Tanya Smart (Tanya.Smart@comcast.net).

Frolic History

Saturday, February 16th
1pm – 3pm

“How to tell engaging stories,” using Cabrillo, the Frolic (Faucon, Ford), the LH (lightkeepers), and Layton-Frolic rediscovery/LH Restoration/Recommissioned lens/State Park/PCLK for storylines, episodes and characters/heroes that made PCLK and the Park what we are today. 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 16th, bring a sack lunch for the break.

Set Up and Other Volunteer Opportunities

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