North Lake Tahoe Bonanza:  Residents with an interest in helping people learn about the region’s environmental assets and challenges are needed to serve as volunteer docents at the UC Davis "Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center."

Each year thousands of children and adults tour the education center, located inside the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, education coordinator Heather Segale said.

"We need informed, enthusiastic docents to help them get the most out of their visits," Segale said.

Visitors to the center include school groups from the greater Tahoe region as well as area residents and basin visitors.

Five training courses provide new docents all the instruction they will need to discuss local environmental issues, the ecological history and geology of the Lake Tahoe Basin, and the status of scientific research in the region.

The final training includes a boat ride aboard the UC Davis research vessel John Le Conte. No prior experience is necessary and all are welcome.

Classes will be held at the center in the afternoon on consecutive Thursdays beginning Oct. 11, 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information about the docent program, please contact TERC education coordinator Heather Segale at (775) 881-7562 or e-mail hmsegale@ucdavis.edu.