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Learn About Lewis &Amp; Clark; Entice Gorge Visitors

Series of 90-minute training sessions begans June 1

The Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association is sponsoring a series of 90-minute training sessions to help anyone who might have contact with visitors expected during the 2004-06 bicentennial of the Corps of Discovery.

The free training sessions are perfect for guest service workers, retail workers, and anyone else interested in helping visitors during the bicentennial and beyond. The sessions provide detailed information about the history of the Lewis & Clark expedition.

To give people a choice of times, two sessions will be offered in each of the six Gorge counties. Content for each county is customized to focus on Lewis & Clark history specific to particular sections of the Columbia River.

Instructors are Hood River residents Stu and Kathy Watson, authors of The Lewis & Clark Expedition: A Traveler's Companion for Oregon and Washington.

During the class, participants will get a brief overview of the entire journey, and details about what Lewis & Clark did and saw while in the local area. They will learn to guide guests to interpretive sites and upcoming local Lewis & Clark events. Attendees will also be provided maps and brochures that can help them tell the Lewis & Clark story.

Remaining sessions are:

Klickitat County: from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at the White Salmon Valley Community Library; and from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at the Lion's Community Center on State Route 14 in Lyle.

Hood River County: from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, June 7, and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8. Each session will be in the Jean Gaulke Meeting Room of the Hood River County Library in Hood River.

Wasco County: from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. Each session will be conducted in the Lecture Hall on the third floor of Building 2 at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles.

The events are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association and the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce.

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