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UC Davis Natural Reserve System

UC Davis Natural Reserve System

The Barn
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

(530) 754-7990
(530) 754-9141 Fax

Jepson Prairie Docents explore a blanket of goldfields.

Jepson Prairie Docents explore a blanket of goldfields.

Long-time docent Kate Mawdsley gets down with the flora at Jepson Prairie.

Long-time docent Kate Mawdsley gets down with the flora at Jepson Prairie.

Featured Outreach - Jepson Prairie Reserve

Jepson Prairie Docents

Jepson Prairie Docent Program

One of the unique attributes of the Jepson Prairie Docents (JPD) program is that it is based entirely on volunteers who have a personal/spiritual/intellectual connection with the reserve. Since 1985, the program has provided public tours and offered school class visits throughout the spring blooming season. The docents’ knowledge and ability to handle endangered species (through federal permit) are a great benefit to the public, as well as countless university classes that arrange special tours.  

Docents participate in a six-week training program where they are exposed to the natural history of the Jepson Prairie Reserve through field trips and class presentations by regional experts and university faculty and researchers. The program is designed to prepare new docents to lead walks at this vernal pool and native bunchgrass prairie. The field visits include practical examples of useful methods for engaging audiences in a rewarding and successful tour. New docents are paired with experienced ones during their first season of tours.

The JPD are also engaged in planning, design, and fundraising for a new visitor area. The improved facilities will provide the public with a better meeting place, passive tours via permanent displays, and better accessibility for visitors.

Additionally, the docents regularly engage in restoration efforts and vegetation monitoring projects to help insure the integrity of the Reserve for years to come.

For more information please go to Jepson Prairie Reserve.