PINE GROVE — Now is the time to get involved with Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. The park has scheduled docent training for Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for people interested in working at the park as school tour guides, museum workers and interpretive assistants. Contact Wendy Harrison at Wendy.Harrison@parks.ca.gov or 209-795-7980 to sign up.
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Every fall and spring, fourth graders from throughout the region tour Indian Grinding Rock to learn about the park’s unique cultural and physical history. Volunteer docents lead small groups of students and their teachers around the park’s reconstructed Miwok village, including a visit to the actual grinding rock, the largest of its kind in the nation.
Tour guides escort the students to the Miwok Roundhouse, which is used by Native Americans for dancing and ceremonial events.
Docents help staff the Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum where they explain various Miwok artifacts and demonstrate how they were made and used. Many docents enjoy working and maintaining the park’s garden that contains native plants used by the Miwoks for a variety of purposes.
Docents also have access to the park’s exceptional library on California Indians, have free use of the park, and can earn passes to other California State Parks.
Docents meet on the first Saturday of every month to learn more about the historic Miwok way of life and how to help visitors understand the park’s many unique features. Volunteers must complete the park’s training before they can serve as docents.
The training will be held in the park’s museum and may involve some walking. Attendees should dress comfortably and bring a brown bag lunch.
For more information call 209‐296‐7488 or drop by the park and talk to one of the staff. Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is located at 14881 Pine Grove‐Volcano Road in Pine Grove.