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Volunteer outdoors with Canyon Keepers

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Canyon Keepers is seeking volunteers to serve as docents in the Auburn State Recreation Area for the 2011 season. The non-profit volunteer-based organization assists State Parks — which has seen its state and federal funding shrink and staffing reduced — in management, interpretation and recreation throughout the Auburn State Recreation Area. The State Parks staff of rangers and support personnel provide all the needed services to cover 40 miles and approximately 20,000 acres of the North Fork and Middle Fork American River canyons. Canyon Keepers assists with public outreach and education, docent duty at key recreation destinations such as the Confluence Area, and educating the public about ASRA through public guest lectures, interpretive hikes and the preparation and distribution of useful information on natural history, outdoor safety, and hiking/biking/horseback-riding/rafting trails. Canyon Keepers also manages the Junior Rangers program and a volunteer trail maintenance program and participates in various special events related to the American River canyons. Volunteers with knowledge in biology, geology, hydrology, photography, history, Native American culture, or general outdoor recreation are asked to put that skill to use and share it with the public. Those who don’t have any particular skill, but simply enjoy the outdoors and appreciate nature, you can also be of great assistance. For more information about Canyon Keepers and volunteer opportunities, call Shelly at 663-2669 or through the group’s website at www.canyonkeepers.org. The website also has information about hikes and monthly meetings which are open to the public. — Staff report