Last summer, between Memorial Day and September 15th, we were able to open our lighthouse 62 days and we greeted 1240 happy visitors. How? The Keepers of the Patos Light Docent Program!
In April, Carla and I held an initial docent training program at the Lopez Island Library. This was followed by several on-site camp-outs on Patos Island. As a result we now have seven new docents for a total of 12 active participants in our program.
Becoming a lighthouse docent is not hard, but it does require some training. Docents are trained in safety issues, lighthouse history, Patos flora and fauna and records keeping and reporting. Accommodations consist of camping out in peaceful campsite “7” overlooking beautiful Active Cove. Transportation to Patos Island is provided by thewonderful rangers of Washington State Parks.
Keeping the Lighthouse Open is a gratifying and heartwarming experience. One visitor said that being about to see inside the lighthouse was, “One of the highlights of my life!”
For more information about lighthouse summer open days or for information about training to become a Keepers of the Patos Light Docent, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.