Wednesday, Mar 26 2014 06:00 AM

Petroglyph escort training planned April 4, 5

Training for new and current guides to conduct tours of Little Petroglyph Canyon, a National Historic Landmark located at the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, will take place April 4 and 5. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 4 - Refresher training for current guides who are Department of Defense employees will be held at the NAWS Conference Center from 3 to 5 p.m. You must already be a guide to take this class.

Friday, April 4 - Refresher training for current guides who are not Department of Defense employees or who could not make the earlier class will be held at the Maturango Museum from 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 5 - Full training for new guides or guides or are not current, will be held at the Maturango Museum from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a trip to Little Petroglyph Canyon. Current guides not from the Ridgecrest area may attend this class and are not required to take the trip to the canyon.

Training covers environmental, security and administrative issues related to the tours, Little Petroglyph Canyon and the installation. The training is required to become command-approved petroglyph tour guides - volunteers who escort hundreds of visitors each year out to this cultural treasure. They are responsible for protecting the site and the security of the base, while educating personnel on this National Historic Landmark. All tours are required to have two command-approved guides.

To register for a class or get class addresses, call the Maturango Museum at (760) 375-6900 or e-mail, full legal name, date of birth, citizenship, phone number and e-mail address to by April 1. Class sizes are limited, so register as early as possible.

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