The mission of the Natural San Luis Docent Program is “to foster and encourage awareness of the natural heritage of the City of San Luis Obispo region, to share knowledge of the relationships among living organisms, including humans, and their environment, and to help support the activities of the City of San Luis Obispo’s Natural Resources Protection Program.”
The SLO Stewards Program started in 1996 out of a collaboration between the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) and the City of San Luis Obispo’s Natural Resources Protection Program. The goal of the program was to empower citizens to help in restoration and management of the community’s open spaces.
The Docent program started as a pilot in Winter of 2000, the first of its kind for the City of SLO. The program continued with a group of dedicated Docents, but dwindled to just two volunteers by the Winter of 2013. With a grant from The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo, ECOSLO was able to have it’s first Docent training in many years. Five smart, fun, and passionate volunteers graduated from the program in November 2014.
The expansion of the program allows for more monthly hikes, and the opportunity to reach more of San Luis Obispo’s community members.
ECOSLO hopes to offer additional docent trainings in the near future. If you are interested in becoming a docent or learning more about the program, feel free to contact us.