Visit with Respect Ambassador Training

Visit with Respect Ambassador Program launched

Rock art panels. Pot sherds on the ground below your feet. Ruins tucked beneath the cliff wall – and “Mary was here” scratched into the cliff?

Many people don’t know how to visit cultural and scientific sites like cliff dwellings, rock art panels, dinosaur fossils and historic structures respectfully. Friends of Cedar Mesa, in partnership with the BLM, is offering a positive response to the daily damage caused by uneducated visitors with the Visit with Respect Ambassador program. Join us as a volunteer ambassador to help spread the message of Visit with Respect and thereby reduce careless wear and tear on the sensitive archaeological sites in this area! As a volunteer, you will spend a few days a year (or more!) providing a friendly presence at the most frequently visited trails on Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge and share pointers with others on how to carefully explore this archaeologically rich area.

In exchange for your time hiking, what will you receive as a volunteer? Besides access to volunteer trainings and fashionable Visit with Respect attire, you earn the knowledge that your time and skills are helping to protect Bears Ears National Monument. We offer multiple volunteer trainings annually to educate you about the area, introduce you to other dedicated and passionate volunteers and staff, and give you practice on how to best interact with visitors in a wide variety of situations.

We look forward to working with you! Please contact Erica Tucker, Visit With Respect Program Manager, for more information or to sign up. The next training will be held in Bluff March 24-25, 2018. Group camping will be available.

Author: Amanda Podmore

Amanda Podmore is the Assistant Director of Friends of Cedar Mesa.

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