San Dieguito River Park is offering volunteer training to anyone interested in becoming a docent at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead. Courtesy photo
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Sikes Adobe looking for history buffs

ESCONDIDO — San Dieguito River Park is offering volunteer training to anyone interested in being a part of local history. The training session will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido.

If you have a special interest in historical education, consider being a docent at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead. Docents help convey what the pioneer farm experience in Southern California was like, using the Sikes Adobe as the stage. Volunteers learn about the architectural history of the farmhouse, the history of the Sikes family, and the agricultural history of the late 1800s. They also learn tips and techniques for being a docent and learn theory of interpretation.

In return, docents commit to leading tours for the public on Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and helping with special events like Festive Farmhouse, Valentine Teas, and the upcoming 150th Anniversary Celebration next year.  Docent shifts are usually one 5-hour day or two half-days a month.

Volunteers can also work side by side with Park Rangers on a weekly basis on Tuesdays 8 a.m. to noon. Get up close and personal with the dirt and plants, become a part of the Dust Devil team. The team provides help with important projects throughout the Park, such as building/maintaining trails and restoring/managing habitat. Dust Devil volunteers do not need to commit to coming every week.

For more information or to reserve a spot for the training, contact the Manager of Interpretation and Outreach, Leana Bulay, at Leana@sdrp.org or (760) 716-1214.

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