The Trail Companion
Theme: Giving Back to the Parks
Do'· cent [Ger. dozent
(formerly spelled docent) fr. Lat.
docent-, docens, pers. part.] : n. TEACHER,
LECTURER : 1. Teacher or lecturer, below rank of
professor. 2. One who instructs visitors about exhibits
at a museum, art gallery, parks, etc., esp. as a guide at
historical homes and reconstructions.
My husband Tim and I signed up for the Edgewood docent
training program with a variety of motivations - the
opportunity to lead hikes; to learn more species of flower,
shrubs, trees and grass; to learn the history of the park;
and to glean tips for native landscaping. By Pat
When I arrived at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, I
could see that it was a beautiful place, tucked into the
foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. I didn't, however,
feel much connection to the land and the environment. I
needed a bridge between my relative ignorance and the
wealth of natural knowledge around me to truly appreciate
the Preserve. That's precisely where Steve Hass, my docent
guide, came in. By Kiel Rennick.
Black and Oregon oaks covering a rolling ridge…a
perennial stream filled with boulders and frogs that only
flows to the valley below during winter and spring…a
laboratory for college students and a place of discovery
for schoolchildren. Tucked in the ridges of Sonoma
Mountain, above the southern Santa Rosa Valley in Sonoma
County, lies Fairfield Osborn Preserve. I recently had the
opportunity to explore the Preserve with the help of docent
Morgan Snyder. By Geoffrey Skinner.
Interest in setting aside parklands in California took
hold in fits and starts during the last quarter of the
nineteenth century in a diverse series of preservation
drives. During the post-WW2 years, preservation gave way to
the housing boom. The 1960s found people waking up to the
consequences of this neglect. By Brian Kunde.
From Añno Nuevo Creek to Tin Can Ranch.
Multi-use trails provide many benefits for responsible
users, but a few irresponsible users can cause bad
relationships between user groups, evoke restrictive
measures from land managers, and cause stereotyping of user
groups. ROMP (Responsible Organized Mountain Pedalers)
believes awareness and education are critical to foster
better use of shared trails. By Rod Brown and Jim
The "Dish Area" is a popular location on the Stanford
campus where many students and members of the community
enjoy beautiful landscape and recreational trails. The
foothills have been a haven for joggers and nature-lovers
for many years. Recently, however, the Dish has become
entangled in a web of controversy. By Ben
Rhododendrons, huckleberries and Shreve oaks found to be
affected by the deadly oak disease. By Scott
New faces on the Trail Center volunteer staff!
State Park budget increases for FY2001...backcountry
Weekend at Henry Coe State Park...New conservation goals at
the Packard Foundation.
A turnpike at Portola Redwoods State Park...Community
Impact Day 2000 at Jasper Ridge...Return to Hakone
Gardens...Volunteer Appreciation, Tool Party and Annual
First-year maintenance on our 2000 Acorn Trail reroute
project in Arastradero Preserve and a new Acorn Trail
reroute for 2001.
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