By Nadia Werby
Special to The SUN
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) invites community members to join us for the free annual Chimney Rock National Monument Volunteer Training Days on April 13 and 14. CRIA offers a great, in-depth training program in a fun environment to anyone interested in joining our amazing team of volunteers.
After the two-day training, new volunteers will receive extended training with veteran volunteers at the site until they are comfortable in their new positions. Another perk of becoming a volunteer at Chimney Rock National Monument includes outings to other archaeological sites. This year’s field trip will be to Hovenweep National Monument, about three hours from Pagosa.
On April 13, we’ll meet at the PLPOA Clubhouse (230 Port Ave.) at 8:30 a.m. for presentations about the different positions and special events at Chimney Rock, then carpool to the monument after lunch, weather permitting, for a tour of the Pueblo Trail to the Great House beneath the pinnacles. Lunch will be provided. Anyone planning to attend must call the CRIA office at 731-7133 to register by end of the day Friday, March 30.
On April 14, we’ll again meet at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 8:30 a.m. to check in. The program will begin at 9 a.m. As on Friday, lunch and snacks will be provided. In addition to the video premier of “Chimney Rock: Ancient Heritage, Living Connections,” the day will include updates for 2018 from the CRIA office and the Forest Service as well as recognition of volunteers’ contributions in 2017. If weather permits, volunteers may carpool to the monument that afternoon for a tour of both trails, accompanied by our Native American guests.
CRIA is a nonprofit organization which operates the interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument under a participating agreement with the USDA Forest Service/San Juan National Forest. For more information about the Chimney Rock 2018 season of events, please visit www.chimneyrockco.org.
By Nadia Werby