October 23, 2014

Topanga Canyon Docents Honored

 

PHOTO BY MARVA SEMET

Topanga Canyon Docents Honored

Topanga Docents Gene Cheltenham and Patricia Hill were honored at Trippet Ranch on June 9 for their dedicated work for the past 15 years at Topanga State Park.

At their June 9 Annual Meeting and Picnic at Trippet Ranch, Topanga State Park and the Topanga Canyon Docents honored two longtime docents, Gene Cheltenham and Patricia Hill.

Both have been volunteers with Topanga Docents for more than 15 years, during which time, each has made invaluable contributions to Topanga State Park and to the docent organization.

Cheltenham, a retired graphic designer, has been a dedicated leader of public nature walks and was the designer and coordinator of the docent collection in the Nature Center. Hundreds of visitors to the park have learned about nature on his once-a-month walks and from the displays he created in the Nature Center before they were dismantled by state parks in their renovation of the Trippet Lodge and its small museum.

In addition to being a docent, Hill is a Topanga resident and a third-grade teacher. Each year she brings her class for a nature walk at Topanga State Park, recalling that a long-ago kindergarten walk with Rosi Dagit inspired her to become a docent. Patricia has also been the secretary of the organization for 16 years, handling that task, as well as various docent event registrations, with grace and thoroughness.