Tidepool Docent Programs

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Intertidal Interpretive Programs In Orange County

Several agencies and organizations throughout the Orange County offer intertidal interpretive programs to increase public awareness, whereby trained educators, both paid and volunteer (ie. docents), associated with the Crystal Cove State Park, City of Dana Point, City of Laguna Beach, City of Newport Beach, The Dana Point Ocean Institute and The Laguna Ocean Foundation are on-site at some of the more highly visited tide pool locations, during low tide periods, to educate the public on environmentally safe tide pooling practices.

Educators also provide for streamlined communication to enforcement personnel when illegal activities are observed. In marine protected areas, interpretative programs help alleviate human impacts by keeping visitors informed about conservation efforts.

In addition, educational based programs provide visitors with a wide range of marine conservation knowledge, and motivate individuals engaged in said programs to appreciate marine life, shift their attitudes and behaviors to be more environmentally responsible, and produce some long-term marine conservation intentions. 1

How to Get Involved with Intertidal Interpretive Programs

Docents help educate the public about the intertidal habitats of Orange County.  Docents are stationed at access points to tide pool areas or on the rocks amongst the tide pools themselves. Docents greet visitors, introduce them to the rules of the Orange County Marine Protected Areas, point out interesting tide pool organisms, and address the public’s questions.

Are you interested in becoming a tide pool docent in Orange County? Contact the organization or agency you are interested in working with below:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class=”justify”][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1107″ img_size=”100 x 100″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1524009225965{padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”Crystal Cove State Park” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1526″ img_size=”100 x 100″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1524173444922{padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”City of Laguna Beach” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1104″ img_size=”100 x 100″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1524001745433{padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”City of Newport Beach” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1538″ img_size=”100 x 100″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1524173661920{padding-bottom: 26px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”Laguna Ocean Foundation” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1542″ img_size=”” alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1524173593525{padding-bottom: 31px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”Ocean Institute” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1106″ img_size=”100 x 100″ alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1524009572159{padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”City of Dana Point” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]