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CALM Offers Volunteer Opportunities

The California Living Museum (CALM) is seeking dedicated volunteers to assist the zoo with its Wildlife Rehabilitation and Docent programs.

 CALM receives more than 600 birds, mammals and reptiles through its state-permitted Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Animals received are injured, orphaned or otherwise unable to survive without assistance before being released. Because care for these animals is time consuming and requires detailed attention, CALM needs interested volunteers to help with the program. Training is free, but volunteers must attend all 3 training sessions. Training includes nutrition, feeding and basic animal husbandry. Materials will be provided, but participants should bring notebooks. Training sessions are scheduled for February 2, 9, and 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at CALM.

CALM docents are volunteer “teachers” who will be trained to educate school children and visitors about California wildlife and their habitats, and also to handle CALM’s ambassador animals. The first session of the 7-week course takes place February 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at CALM. Classes will continue each Saturday through March 16. Minimum time requirement for docents is 4 hours per month for 2 years after training. Minimum age requirement is 18 years.

For more information or to register for either program, call Don Richardson at 661-872-2428.

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