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Become a Trails & Rails Docent; Santa Barbara Information Session Oct. 8

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Trails & Rails Docent Donnis Galvan

Become a volunteer Trails & Rails guide aboard Amtrak trains for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

The South Coast Railroad Museum of Goleta, Calif., is hosting an information session on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., for those interested in this unique and adventurous volunteer opportunity. Candidates must be Santa Barbara or Ventura County residents.

Trails & Rails is a nationwide educational program aboard Amtrak trains developed by the National Park Service. There is a West Coast version based in Santa Barbara, offered by the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, on the Los Angeles-to-Seattle Coast Starlight train and regional Pacific Surfliner trains. This unique volunteer program is coordinated by the South Coast Railroad Museum, which has conducted educational programs aboard Amtrak trains since the 1980s.

From April through August, Trails & Rails guides offer a unique travel experience to passengers on board the Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner, presenting informative talks about Calilfornia's natural and cultural and history. Some volunteers make their presentations during a one-day Santa Barbara-to-San Luis Obispo roundtrip; others make a two-day trip to San Jose.

Trails & Rails volunteers do not need to be historians or naturalists. The program sponsors are looking for dedicated and entertaining volunteers with an enthusiasm for public speaking, travel, and human interaction.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in good health, and available to make an average of at least two one-day trips per month during the five-month period that the program is offered.

Uniforms, program materials, travel, meals, and overnight lodging are all provided.

For more information about the Trails & Rails Program aboard the Coast Starlight, contact: Trails & Rails Coordinator, South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 North Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117. Phone: 805-964-3540. Or, via e-mail:


Trails & Rails Docent Donnis Galvan
Anza Trail volunteer Donnis Galvan shares the trail story on board the Amtrak Coast Starlight, August 2014 (photo courtesy of Donnis Galvan)

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