Tag: Bats

Bat Night at the Amphitheater

Image courtesy of Flickr user USFWS/Ann Froschauer
Image courtesy of Flickr user USFWS/Ann Froschauer

Join Park Ranger Brad Barker at Laguna Niguel Regional Park to learn about those mysterious creatures of the night – bats!

Ranger Barker will lead a 45-minute presentation about bats that can be found in Orange County. After the presentation, join in on a 30-minute walk to the nearby lake, look for bats and listen for their echolocation using a bat detector.

Meet at the amphitheater. Come early to look at a bat skeleton and skull.

  • Where: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road
    Laguna Niguel, CA
  • When: Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Cost: The event is FREE. parking is $5 per vehicle.

Click here to register for the event, space is limited.

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Shipley Nature Center – Second Saturdays and Parent & Me Time

Fall brings the spiders spinning webs from branch to branch. Watch out! You may walk into one. Can you spot a spider waiting for a tasty treat? How many webs do you see as you walk the trails? These are some examples of the questions used to engage children are the parent and Me Time at Shipley  Nature Center.

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In addition to their Wednesday program they also have a variety of family activities planned for Second Saturday of each month from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

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Shipley Nature Center is located at 17851 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

The primary parking lot is accessible from the south-bound side of Goldenwest, between Slater and Talbert.

Additional parking is located in Central Park.

Hours are as follows:

Monday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday* 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sunday Closed
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Preschool Program at the OC Zoo

The OC Zoo’s fall preschool program’s registration is now open and filling up quick.

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The Fall Preschool Programs are for children ages 3-4 years old. The cost is $5.00 (admission covers one enrolled child and one parent). The programs are approximately one hour in length and include educational information, hands-on learning and crafts. Parent must accompany child for the duration of the program. The gate entry fee for Irvine Regional Park is NOT included with fee for zoo class. Irvine Park entry fee is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays & $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Classes offered as follows:

Feathery Friends 10:00 a.m.

  • Thursday,  September. 11, 2014
  • Friday, November 21, 2014

Animal Art I 10:00 a.m.

  • Friday, September 19, 2014
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bats, Cats & Spiders 10:00 a.m.

  • Friday, October 3, 2014
  • Thursday, October 9, 2014
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  • Friday, October 31, 2014

Wild North America 10:00 a.m.

  • Friday, November 7th, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Registration must be made by calling (714) 973-6846. Fees are to be paid the day of the scheduled program.

The OC Zoo traces its roots back to 1905 when Red Foxes were introduced in the Irvine Park Region and bred by J.A. Turner. A small collection of animals started in 1920 by Tustin rancher Sam Nau featured a pair of pet mule deer. Nau eventually built a corral for the park that held an additional male mule deer. An alligator exhibit was the chief attraction until a bird exhibit adjoining the deer pens was added in 1935. The bird exhibit structure exhibited cockatoos, quail, doves and parakeets.

The current modern zoo officially opened in 1985 as the Irvine Park Zoo and has since changed its name to the OC Zoo. The zoo is owned, staffed and operated by the County of Orange.

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  • Open Daily: weekdays 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • Bathrooms are located outside of the Zoo

Orange County Zoo

1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6847
oczoo@ocparks.com

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Get Wild Tonight!

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Here’s a line up of some wild events that will get you outside enjoying nature in our great OC Parks tonight.

Sunset Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
6: 00 – 8:00 p.m.Hike with Ranger Adam Martinez as the sunsets over Laurel and Willow canyons. Observe the changes as day turns to night. Hear the last bird songs. Light interpretation with questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven.

  • Participants should bring water, a snack, a flashlight, and wear proper hiking shoes.
  • Ages 12 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration 

Smiling Rock in Laguna Canyon

Wildlife Walk: Bats – Yorba Linda Regional Park

7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Learn some of the myths and truths about these fascinating creatures. Come learn how bats communicate, what they eat and why they are important to our ecosystem. Then we will take a short walk near the lake to see if we can spot some of our resident bats.

All ages welcome
Event is FREE!
Parking is $5 per vehicle

Email to register:
yorbapark@ocparks.com
Please leave your name, phone number, number of participants in your group and ages of participant(s) in your email.

(This event will be outside. Please bring water and dress accordingly.)
Click Here for more Info

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Bats of Orange County – Laguna Niguel Regional Park
7:15 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m.Join Park Ranger Brad Barker as we learn about those mysterious creatures of the night – bats!Ranger Barker will lead a 45-minute presentation about bats that can be found in Orange County. After the presentation, join us for a 30-minute walk to the nearby lake as we look for bats and listen for their echolocation using a bat detector.Meet at the amphitheater. Come early to look at a bat skeleton and skull.

  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel.
  • for questions call: 949-497-8324.
  • Parking: $5/vehicle.
  • Program is free; donations appreciated.
  • Registration encouraged using link below.

Online Registration

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Ranger Led Campfire Program – O’Neill Regional Park
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Join us each Saturday Night at the amphitheater for this Ranger led talk on local animal life, set to the glow of fire light. This event is only open to those camping at O’Neill Regional Park. No access for day use after sunset.

  • Ages: All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free

(Event is outdoors and dependent on weather conditions.)

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Campfire Program – Caspers Wilderness Park8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Every Saturday night, join us for a campfire program that may include a slide presentation, wilderness safety, games and activities for children, animal adaptations, skins and skulls, a live animal demonstration and a chance to visit the Nature Center. Topics may vary weekly.

  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • All ages welcome

For information call the park at 949 923 2210

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Get in a Summer Campfire before Summer Ends

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Get your S’mores ready, it’s not to late to take in a Summer night around a campfire. Here’s are two options for FREE Ranger Led campfires tonight.

 

Learn about Bats

Ranger Led Campfire Program
OC Parks – O’neill Regional Park

Join us Saturday Night at the amphitheater for this special program; Bats of Orange County, presented by Ranger Brad Barker, set to the glow of fire light. This event is open to the public. No access for day use after sunset.

  • Ages: All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • 7:00 pm. – 8:30 pm.

 

 

Learn about Wildreness Safety and play some games

Campfire Program
OC Parks – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

Every Saturday night, join us for a campfire program that may include a slide presentation, wilderness safety, games and activities for children, animal adaptations, skins and skulls, a live animal demonstration and a chance to visit the Nature Center. Topics may vary weekly.

  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • All ages welcome
  • 8:00 pm. – 9:00 pm.

 

 

 

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