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By Nadia Werby
Special to The PREVIEW
To kick off recruitment for new volunteers, Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) will be hosting the annual Chimney Rock National Monument open house tomorrow — Friday, March 28, at The Quality Resort located at 3505 West Highway 160 in Pagosa Springs from 6 to 8 p.m.
The area is excited for this upcoming season starting on May 15 and is giving prospective volunteers at the open house the opportunity to win two 2014 Chimney Rock National Monument Season Passes, four tickets to any of the 2014 monthly Night Sky Programs, and a Vision of Chimney Rock Book.
Chimney Rock Volunteers, representing all aspects of the interpretive program and site maintenance, will be there and are eager to talk with prospective volunteers. Come learn about the variety of roles that support this unique program and the flexibility in level of commitment.
CRIA offers a great, in-depth training program to anyone interested in joining the Chimney Rock volunteer team. This year volunteer training will take place on April 25 and 26 at the PLPOA Vista Clubhouse at 230 Port Ave. Chimney Rock volunteer training includes entertaining skits, training material, drawings for memorable prizes, a hearty free lunch both days, plus an extended tour of the monument led by San Juan Forest Archaeologist Julie Coleman.
For more information about the open house, or to register for volunteer training, call 731-7133 or visit the CRIA website at www.chimneyrockco.org.
CRIA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that runs the daily operations and interpretive program at Chimney Rock National monument in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the San Juan National Forest.