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Nature Nights

Come to Oak Canyon Nature Center for Nature Nights this Summer!

Join the the staff Naturalist along with experts from a variety of natural fields as they lead you through a series of Nature Nights.

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Every Wednesday from June 28th through August 16th, the evening will begin with a guided twilight walk at 7:00 p.m. and followed up by a formal presentation at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free mission but a $5 donation per family would be greatly appreciated.

  • June 28:  Journeys to the Past
    Jacque Nunez is a Master storyteller and award winning educator. She will captivate you, and every family member. Journey with her back in time and be captivated by her stories, songs and engaging use of ancient instruments!
  • July 5: Twilight Walk
    Join us for an introduction to Oak Canyon and a walk with Oak Canyon’s Naturalists as the sun begins to set. Several walks of varying ability levels will be offered. Be sure to bring your flashlight.
  • July 12: Wonders of Wildlife
    Cheryl Rendes from Wonders of Wildlife will share a variety of animals, from the savannas of Africa to the tropical regions of South America.
  • July 19: Orange County Birds of Prey
    Dr. Kristian Krause, Veterinarian from Serrano Animal Hospital and Orange County Birds of Prey Center, will share information on raptors and will bring a variety along for an audience “encounter.”
  • July 26: Reptiles from Around the World
    Dr. Tom Greek from Greek & Associates Veterinary Hospital will bring along an exciting collection of reptiles including local and exotic snakes, lizards and more. Learn about the lifestyles of these unique reptiles and enjoy an opportunity to see and touch these animals up close.
  • August 2: Our Solar System
    Mike Beckage will introduce the challenging hobby of amateur astronomy through his breathtaking slide show. Then we will journey up the hill and view the night sky through telescopes aimed at the evening’s best features. *This program involves a strenuous uphill walk to reach the viewing area.
  • August 9: “Trapper” Dan Jundanian’s Insect Fair
    Join us for an evening of learning and fun. Dan Jundanian, a former longtime Oak Canyon Naturalist, returns for his annual Nature Night presentation. Enjoy an evening of insect education as Dan displays exciting insects from around the world.
  • August 16: Annual Flashlight Walk
    While waiting for the sun to set, get an introduction to the “creatures of the night” then join Oak Canyon’s naturalists on a trek through the trails of the Nature Center. There will be several walks of varying abilities. Don’t forget your flashlight as we explore Oak Canyon at night!
Jacque Tahuka-Nunez of Journey’s to the Past

When: Every Wednesday from June 28th through August 16th

Where: Oak Canyon Nature Center, 6700 E Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA 92807

Cost: A $5.00 donation per family is greatly appreciated

 

Click here for directions.

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All About Snakes

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Hiking season is in the air! One of the ways to prepare the kids for upcoming hikes is to make them aware that snakes live in the parks and trails we hike in.

O.C. Parks invites you to join local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe at O’Neill Regional Park to learn all about snakes that can be found in Orange County.

This family-friendly event will feature a live reptile display with local snake species.

Come learn how to identify snakes, where they live and what to do when you encounter one on park trails.

There will also be an informative presentation on rattlesnakes of Orange County.

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  • When: Saturday, May 13, July 8 and September 2, 2017 from 7:15 – 8:30 pm
  • Where: O’Neil Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678 – Meet at the O’Neill Nature Center and Amphitheater. Parking at the O’Neill Nature Center lot.
  • Cost: The event is free event, parking fee  is $5.00
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All About Snakes

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OC Parks invites you to join local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe at O’Neill Regional Park to learn all about snakes that can be found in Orange County.

This family-friendly event will feature a live reptile display with local snake species. Come learn how to identify snakes, where they live and what to do when you encounter one on park trails.

There will also be an informative presentation on rattlesnakes of Orange County.

  • When: Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 7:15 – 8:30 pm
  • Where: O’Neil Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678 – Meet at the O’Neill Nature Center and Amphitheater. Parking at the O’Neill Nature Center lot.
  • Cost: The event is free event, parking feess apply. .
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Kumeyaay Family Fun Day

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Get unplugged and head outdoors at the San Elijio Lagoon while you learn about the Kumeyaay. During this month’s Family Fun Day you’ll discover the Kumeyaay who relied upon the lagoon’s resources, through arts and crafts and activity-guided tours.

Family Fun Days are held on the 1st Sunday of the month. Rain or shine. Presented by Conservancy & County rangers.

  • When: Sunday, July 3, 2016 from 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Where: San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, 2710 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007
  • Cost: FREE
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Nature Fest

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Image courtesy of nhm.org

Come to the Natural History Museum for a two-day celebration of Nature in the City! 

Coyotes cross Sunset Boulevard. Lizards scale manzanitas. P-22, Los Angeles’s resident mountain lion, explores Griffith Park. Vaux’s swifts take cover in downtown chimneys. Western gulls steal your beach picnic. Squirrels are doing summersaults in your front yard. L.A. is a surprising biodiversity hotspot — and it’s time to celebrate our urban nature!

    

Museum scientists and Southern California nature organizations are joining forces for a weekend filled with hands-on, fun family activities.

Ongoing programming includes roaming performances, hands-on activities, landscape artists in residence at work, as well as your chance to take a photo with “Charles Darwin”. Check out this year’s schedule of timed programs below.  To see the list of exhibitors as well as the schedule please HERE for the brochure.

    

BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOURS (get your timed-ticket on site; first-come-first-served)

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of NHM’s Bird Collection at 11 am, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm 
Go behind closed doors with a special peek into the ornithology collection at NHM! 

STAGE PERFORMANCES

Dragonfly Story Performances at 10:30 am and 12 pm
We invite you to listen to an enchanting story all about dragonflies, with puppets.

Snake Feeding Demonstration at 11 am
Watch as our Live Animal Programs gives a snake a snack.

Meet a Live Animal! at 1 pm
Meet your SoCal neighbor and learn about its life here in CA.

Rhythm Child’s Interactive Music for Families at 2:30 pm and 3:45 pm
Grab a drum and play along!

WORKSHOPS (get your timed-ticket on site; first-come-first-served)

Taxidermy Demonstration at 10 am and 12 pm
Observe the Museum’s taxidermist in a step-by-step demonstration on the preservation of a bird specimen.

Photography for Science at 11 am and 1 pm
Learn how to take nature photos, for science, with your smartphone with NHM’s Citizen Science team. 

Silk Screening with Self Help Graphics at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm
Make unique screen prints on textile with nature-inspired designs.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at: 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Buy your tickets today and skip the lines.

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SummerFest

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Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is set to host “SummerFest”, a celebration of Nature, Art, Food, Wine and Music this weekend.

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SummerFest is a two day event filled with nature hikes, arts & crafts, kids activities, food, wine tasting a native plant sale, live music and vendor booths.

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  • When: Saturday, June 4, 2016 and Sunday, June 5th, 2016 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676
  • Cost: $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for Children & Seniors, Children under 5 are free – visit Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary‘s website for a coupon good for $2.00 off. 

Parking is limited however there will be shuttles available from on offsite parking site of Modjeska Canyon.

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Happy Birthday John Muir

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Happy Birthday to John Muir, writer, naturalist, and advocate of U.S. forest conservation.He founded and was the first president of the Sierra Club and helped establish Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks as well as help to protect the Petrified Forest and Grand Canyon.

In celebration of his birthday – “John Muir Day” is each April 21st  a day to recognize that our well being, our survival depends on the conservation of an ecologically sound natural environment. Take this day to inspire others and carry on the movement created John Muir.

If you have any plans of going the the San Francisco area – don’t miss out on visiting the Muir Woods. It is amazingly beautiful and the trails are surrounded by trees and a beautiful stream. Put this Family Friendly hike on your “must do” list.

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If you’ve ever thought of Hiking the John Muir Trail, The Pacific Crest Trail Association website has everything you need to know from planning, to permits, transportation to where to get more supplies while on your journey.

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Happy Hiking my fellow nature lovers!

 

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KelpFest 2016

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More than 20 years ago the kelp forests of Orange County disappeared due primarily to overfishing and pollution, In 2002 marine biologist Nancy Caruso of Get Inspired! started a project which would eventually restore this once lush forests.

In 2002 with what came to be 5000 volunteers, Caruso and her volunteers began restoring the kelp forests in Newport and Laguna Beach. By 2010, the kelp had reached historic densities and the animals were starting to return to the area.

KelpFest

In celebration of this event, KelpFest was created to celebrate the return of the kelp forests and to honor the thousands of people who helped to restore them. The 7th annual KelpFest, will be on April 17th, 2016 this year on Main Beach in Laguna Beach from 9am-3pm.

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There will be many like-minded environmental organizations with exhibits at the event to help educate the participants and help to nurture an appreciation for giant kelp forests. Other activities throughout the day include live painting , a life size interactive kelp forest model, live performances, guided tide pool tours, a swim to the kelp forest, talk to a real mermaid, beach clean up, as well as lots of arts and crafts for kids.

Schedule of events:

  • 9:00am Kelpfest begins
  • 9:00-10:00 Kelp forest comes to life as we construct one for visitors to walk through
  • 10:00am Musical performances begin

All Day

  • Live kelp forest paintings and raffle
  • Docent led tide pool tours
  • Arts and crafts for kids
  • Live musical performances
  • Mermaid!

Get the kids ready for the event by downloading a FREE Gaby Garibladi coloring book here!

  • When: Saturday, April 17, 2016 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Laguna Beach – Main Beach
  • Cost: FREE
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Grow Your Own-Spring Festival

On this day, last year, we attended the Ecology Center’s – Grow Your Own – Earth Day Celebration. The Grow Your Own event is an annual tradition to celebrate an abundant earth and vibrant communities.

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This year the “Grow Your Own – Spring Festival” will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016,

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The event was filled with earth friendly crafts for the kids and plenty of giveaways for the adults.

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We enjoyed live music and yummy samples from food and drink vendors.

EcologyCenterEarthDay4The family friendly festival was a celebration of all things green!

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My girls loved petting the chickens and learned so much about them, they now want chickens.

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I don’t know if it’s on the agenda this year but kids loved making Tee-pee’s.

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The celebration consists of harvesting, gardening, and a more abundant future.

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This year, they are excited to include opportunities to learn garden skills and have your questions answered by The Ecology Center’s own experts. We had a fantastic time last year.

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The great news is the Admission is FREE at this year’s Grow Your Own! Spring Festival.

Activities include:

  • DIY stations: terrarium building, easy pickling, and more!
  • Hands-on garden skill demonstrations by TEC experts
  • Ask an Eco-Designer & Ask a Grow Your Own! Teacher booths
  • Organic seedling sale
  • Wildcraft Lab for kids
  • Live music & dance
  • Delicious local, handmade food
  • Bike Valet – arrive on two wheels and we’ll have a safe place to stash your bike!
  • Visits with The Ecology Center chickens
  • Organic strawberry picking at South Coast Farms (our next door neighbors)
  • Voucher to redeem a FREE rain barrel for San Juan Capistrano residents and new/renewed family members of The Ecology Center
  • Giveaways from our partners Chipotle, KIA Motors, SDG&E, and EcoScraps
  • Special offers on The Ecology Center events, workshops, and more!
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Bring your family, friends, neighbors, and garden questions for a special gathering celebrating the season when the garden truly comes alive!

  • When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
  • Where: The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 92675
  • Cost: FREE

For advance FREE Tickets & Info, click here.

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Spring Nature Days

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Come to Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary as they present “Spring Nature Days”, a fun-filled two-day event that features guided nature walks, arts & crafts and a chance to talk with the staff.

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Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is 12 acre preserve that hosts walking trails, wildlife observations spots including a bird observation porch, creeks, picnic tables, a nature science center, a gift shop and hiking trails.

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Spring Nature Days will feature Guided Nature Hikes at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. The one hour guided nature hikes are family friendly hikes where you can learn about the different types of wildlife that visits Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, while learning local history and visiting their animal ambassadors.

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Children can take part in making nature themed crafts throughout the day, such as a bird feeder, a sun catcher a flower mobile and more.

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There will be FREE lemonade and cookies for the visitors at the nature science center. My girls had such a wonderful time here with hands on exhibits and great little gift shop. My girls bought some very nice hiking sticks at the gift shop that now go along with us on every hike.

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You can meet the staff of Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary and share some of your bird sightings throughout the day at the sanctuary while learning about some of the local flora and fauna located within in the sanctuary and in Orange County.

  • When: Thursday, March 31, 2106 and Friday, April 1, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676
  • Cost: FREE but donations are gladly appreciated and help to maintain this beautiful facility.
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Hike, Bike or Run

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Be at one with nature this weekend! Whether the thought of going on a hike, getting dirty on your bike or going on a trail run makes you happy – OC Parks is giving you plenty of options to  be happy while you #optoutside.

You can choose from one of the family friendly hikes to an advanced hike or advanced mountain bike ride or go on a guided trail run. These events are all guided and FREE, just cover the parking.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride Fremont Loop – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Highly experienced mountain bikers can explore one of the most rugged and remote areas of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks from the trails of Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve on this fast-paced advanced ride.  Please note there are multiple very steep climbs, with an approximate elevation gain of 3,500 feet over 19 miles. This hard ride is for expert adult-only riders in excellent physical condition who will be rewarded with the remote wonders of Fremont Canyon.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more activities in Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, click here.


Online Registration

Date:  2/27/2016
Time:  6:30 AM – 9:00 AM
OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series – O’Neill Regional Park
The OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series will motivate you to stay fit during the winter months.
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Date:  2/27/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Laurel Loop Geology Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area.  The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. This will be a 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain).

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  2/27/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Family Hike: Round Canyon
OC Parks – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Enjoy nature with friends and family in Round Canyon hiking along a fairly flat trail while watching for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. The hike averages 2-3 miles round trip, and is for participants who would like a slower-paced and level hike.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more activities in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, click here.


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Date:  2/27/2016
Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Birding Walk – Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Spot native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this slow and easy 2-mile walk through a landscaped suburban parkland setting at Laguna Niguel Regional Park.

  • For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars.
  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel (meet at parking lot closest to Shelter 3).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2240 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  2/28/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  2/28/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Car Wreck Fitness Hike – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Long distance, high elevation hike that takes us inside Dripping Cave, up steep Mathis Canyon Trail, then by the old car wreck! Experienced hikers only.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • For ages 15 and up who are capable of an 8-mile, 900-ft. elevation gain hike on very steep and rocky terrain. Be prepared for hot weather, with at least two liters of water, snack, hiking footwear, sunscreen, a hat/sunglasses, and necessary medications.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  2/28/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Meditating in Nature – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Relax in nature with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/2 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation.

  • Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool.
  • No experience necessary.
  • Ages 16 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  2/28/2016
Time:  3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

 

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The Wonderful Life of a Dying Tree

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Discover the hidden life of a dying tree. Join Gillian Martin from The Cavity Conservation Initiative at Santiago Oaks Regional Park as she leads us on an amazing journey of the incredible life of a dying tree.

Santiago Oaks Regional Park Nature Center
Santiago Oaks Regional Park Nature Center

The program will include a short presentation, nature walk, touch-tables staffed by naturalists, games, and crafts for children.

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Although a registration for the nature walk was required by 2/21/16, you can still join in on the program and go for your own nature walk on one of their many trails. This is one of my girls favorite places to go on a hike. This is sure to be a great event!

  • When: Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Where: Santiago Oaks Regional Park, 2145 N Windes Dr.
    Orange, CA 92869 
  • Cost: FREE
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Become a Citizen Scientist

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Become a Citizen Scientist at Moro Canyon’s Ecosystem at Field Science Saturday on February 13th!  Study leaf litter microbes, restoration and herbivory, and fuel moisture levels.

This month – kids will be participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count, to help create a global snapshot of the world’s bird populations!

RSVP’s are requested. The event is recommended for ages 8 and up. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

  • When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8:30 am
  • Where: Meet at the Berns Amphitheater in Moro Canyon (Click here for directions.)
  • Cost: The event is free but there is $15 day use fee required per vehicle. If take a stroll to The Beachcomer Cafe afterwards for lunch – you can get your parking validated.

 

Please contact Kaitlin Magliano at kmagliano@crystalcovealliance.org with any questions!

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Weekend Hikes

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It’s time for my weekly edition of “Weekend Hikes”.  Get your hiking boots this weekend is filled with some great FREE guided hikes!

For those looking to get more.familiar with hiking take part in the Introduction to Day-Hiking Skills at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. If you choose to go unguided – take advantage of the Wilderness Access Day at Limestone Canyon at Irvine Ranch Open Space. Looking for a hike the entire family can take part in? Try an family friendly hike to see the Redwood Grove Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park.

It’s going to a be gorgeous out this weekend. Get out there!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Introduction to Day-Hiking Skills at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in a classroom and outdoor setting to learn about outdoor hiking skills. The class will be followed by an easy  2-mile hike on level terrain.  We will cover boots, day packs, poles, clothing and map reading.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.

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Date: 2/6/2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Long Distance Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Explore the beauty and diversity of Willow Canyon, Bommer Ridge and Emerald Canyon in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 7.2-mile hike (650-ft. elevation gain) over rocky, steep, and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub, and along ridges with beautiful vistas. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances.

  • For your safety and comfort bring 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes.
  • Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8325.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.

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Date: 2/6/2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon at Irvine Ranch Open Space

Designated trails in Limestone Canyon will be open for self-guided trail use for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. Trail routes vary in distance and level of difficulty with choices ranging from easy one-hour walks to strenuous 15-mile cardio treks. All participants are requested to check-in and complete their registration at the Augustine Staging Area prior to accessing the trail system, and are required to stay on designated trails at all times.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more activities in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, click here.

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Date: 2/6/2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
First Saturday of the Month Morning Hike To The Redwood Grove at Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile early morning interpretive hike to the park’s Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the trail. The hike begins at 8:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center.

Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes.

  • All ages (small children may have to be carried).
  • Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park.
  • Cost: FREE!

Registration: call (714) 973-3160 or emailcarboncanyon@ocparks.com

Parking: $5 per vehicle

RAIN WILL CANCEL HIKE!

Date: 2/6/2016
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

 

Family Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.

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Date: 2/6/2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Guided Nature Hike at Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  2/7/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

 

Sunday Family Fun Hike at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
When was the last time you took the family out to hike for pure enjoyment? On this excursion, we’ll focus on fun facts, nature themed games, and wildlife habits while answering questions from your little ones.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike.
  • For ages 7 and up.
  • Parking: Free.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  2/7/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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KelpFest 2015

KelpFest 2015: Celebrate Giant Kelp!

Image from getinspiredinc.org
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More than 20 years ago the kelp forests of Orange County disappeared due primarily to overfishing and pollution, In 2002 marine biologist Nancy Caruso of Get Inspired! started a project which would eventually restore this once lush forests.

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Image from getinspiredinc.org

In 2002 with what came to be 5000 volunteers, Caruso and her volunteers began restoring the kelp forests in Newport and Laguna Beach. By 2010, the kelp had reached historic densities and the animals were starting to return to the area.

KelpFest

In celebration of this event, KelpFest was created to celebrate the return of the kelp forests and to honor the thousands of people who helped to restore them. The 5th annual KelpFest, will be on April 18th, 2015 this year on Main Beach in Laguna Beach from 9am-3pm.

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There will be many like-minded environmental organizations with exhibits at the event to help educate the participants and help to nurture an appreciation for giant kelp forests. Other activities throughout the day include live painting , a life size interactive kelp forest model, live performances, guided tide pool tours, a swim to the kelp forest, talk to a real mermaid, beach clean up, as well as lots of arts and crafts for kids.

Schedule of events:

  • 9:00am Kelpfest begins
  • 9:00-10:00 Kelp forest comes to life as we construct one for visitors to walk through
  • 10:00am Musical performances begin

All Day

  • Live kelp forest paintings and raffle
  • Docent led tide pool tours
  • Arts and crafts for kids
  • Live musical performances
  • Mermaid!

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: Laguna Beach – Main Beach

Cost: FREE

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Bacteria & You

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Has your little one ever asked you what Bacteria is and what it does? We seem to have these type of conversations around my house….a lot. Well, here’s an event to help with those types of conversations. Ameal Moore Nature Center is hosting a a great event called “Bacteria & You”.

This Free event will include special guest scientist Alicia Taylor as she discusses bacteria, its function, and its impact on us.  Join us in swabbing various surfaces in the park and take home your own petri dish to grow bacteria at home!

  • When: February 28, 2015  from 10:00 am -1:00 pm
  • Where: Ameal Moore Nature Center, 400 Central Ave., Riverside, CA 92507
  • Cost: FREE
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