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August 2014

More Info About This Month's Walks

Date Day Time Title Presenter
1 Fri 10:00 am Los Osos Oaks Reserve Faylla Chapman  
2 Sat 10:00 am Marine Mammals Ranger Darren Wynns
2 Sat 11:00 am Discovery Saturday- Beach Exploration John Menke
2 Sat 11:00 am Sea Otter Experience Docents
2 Sat 11:00 am White's Point Vistas Norma Wightman
3 Sun 11:00 am Sea Otter Experience Docents
7 Thu 1:00 pm Salt marsh to Mudflats Faylla Chapman
9 Sat 10:00 am Summer Fun Day at the Lagoon Docents/Staff
9 Sat 11:00 am Discovery Saturday: Exploring Old San Simeon Leslie McGarry
9 Sat 11:00 am Sea Otter Experience Docents
9 Sat 11:00 am White's Point Vistas Norma Wightman
9 Sat 2:00 pm Black Hill Trail Roger Randall
10 Sun 10:00 am Biodiversity at Oso Flaco Cheryl Powers
10 Sun 11:00 am Harmony Headlands and Its Fascinating Human History Mimi Kimball
10 Sun 11:00 am Sea Otter Experience Docents
12 Tue 10:00 am Native Plants of Black Hill Crystal Jack & Rich Michels
14 Thu 1:00 pm Discover Magnificent Morro Rock R. Olszewski & C. Odekirk
15 Fri 6:15 pm Sunset Hike of Black Hill Ranger Marston Taylor
16 Sat 11:00 am Discovery Saturday: What Lives in a Drop of Seawater? Staff
16 Sat 11:00 am Sea Otter Experience Docents
17 Sun 10:00 am Grand Dune Trail Jerry Stanley
17 Sun 11:00 am Sea Otter Experience Docents
19 Tue 10:00 am Exploring Shifting Sands Karen Watts & Pam Bains
19 Tue 1:00 pm Salt marsh to Mudflats Faylla Chapman
23 Sat 9:00 am Fun Hike in Montana de Oro Coon Creek Trail and More Virginia Jensen
23 Sat 11:00 am Discovery Saturday: Marine Mammals of the Central Coast Staff
23 Sat 11:00 am Sea Otter Experience Docents
23 Sat 2:00 pm Saturday Scientists: The Ins and Outs of Leaves Jerry Kirkhart
24 Sun 11:00 am Sea Otter Experience Docents
30 Sat 10:00 am Los Osos Oaks Reserve Faylla Chapman
30 Sat 11:00 am Sea Otter Experience Docents
30 Sat 1:00 pm Discover Hidden Life in the Morro Bay Estuary Karen Watts
31 Sun 11:00 am Sea Otter Experience Docents


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SEPTEMBER 2014 ADVENTURES

Sep. 2, Tue, 10:00am - Plant of the Month - Goldenrod - Barb Renshaw @ Los Osos
Spring and summer flowers have disappeared, leaving the late bloomers, Goldenrod, Mock Heather, and Groundsels. Enjoy a walk in a golden landscape at Shark Inlet. Meet at west end of Butte Drive (north of Sea Pines Golf Course), Los Osos. Moderate walk, 2 miles, 1.5 - 2 hours.

Sep. 5, Fri, 5:45pm - Sunset Hike of Black Hill - Ranger Marston Taylor @ Morro Bay
Please meet at the Black Hill parking lot. Bring a flashlight. We will walk to the top and back down to the parking lot. Moderate hike, chance of poison oak.

Sep. 6, Sat, 11:00am - Discovery Saturday: Beach Exploration - John Menke @ North Coast
Learn about San Simeon Cove by beachcombing with marine biologists. Learn about tides and investigate the animals and algae cast up on the beach. Buckets and gloves will be supplied for those who want to help clean the beach on our way back! Meet at Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon Cove. Suggested donation $2.00/person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 805-927-6575 to reserve space. Easy, 2 hours.

Sep. 6, Sat, 2:00pm - Black Hill Trail - Roger Randall @ Morro Bay
Walk the most accessible of the volcanic sisters while discussing their history and enjoying a panoramic view of the surrounding geography. Dress for wind/weather. Take Golf Course Drive past the clubhouse and bear left at fork in road. Meet at the overlook parking lot above the Morro Bay Golf Course. Moderate walk, chance of poison oak, 0.5 miles, 1.5 hours.

Sep. 6, Sat, 2:00pm - Sat. Scientists: Worms: Creepy Crawlies, Inside and Out - Cheryl Powers @ Morro Bay
Participants will explore the fascinating world of worms found in soil, water, our pets, and sometimes ourselves and learn to use a dissecting microscope to see these creatures in their wiggling wonder. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History across from the Morro Bay State Park. Family Event, 2 hours.

Sep. 9, Tue, 9:30am - Hike the Coon Creek Loop - Barb Renshaw @ Montaña de Oro
Hike up to the ridge and then down into Coon Creek. Bring water and wear sturdy walking shoes. Meet in Montana de Oro State Park at the end of the Pecho Road in the Coon Creek parking lot. Moderate hike, chance of poison oak, 3 miles, 2 hours.

Sep. 9, Tue, 1:00pm - Salt marsh to Mudflats - Faylla Chapman @ Morro Bay
Walk the State Park Marina Peninsula boardwalk to learn the history of the salt marsh and the plants and animals living in this specialized environment. Dress for wind/weather and mud. Bring binoculars. Park close to east end of Bayside marina parking lot or across the street at MB campground restrooms. Easy walk, 0.5 miles, 2 hours.

Sep. 11, Thu, 5:30pm - Montaña de Oro Bluff and Tide Pools - Paul O’Connor @ Montaña de Oro
Learn some local history while walking the bluffs looking for sea birds, whales, seals and otters. Explore the tidepools of Corallina Cove at low tide. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for wind/weather, and bring binoculars. Meet at Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 2 miles, 2 hours.

Sep. 12, Fri, 10:00am - Birds of Land and Sea at Morro Rock - Claudia Freitas & Rouvaishyana @ Morro Bay
Observe cormorants, pelicans, and various species and age classes of gulls. Watch for resident Peregrine falcons over the Rock and sea birds in the channel. Dress for wind/weather; bring binoculars and a field guide. Meet near chain-link fencing in north parking lot of Rock. Moderate walk, 1 mile, 2 hours.

Sep. 13, Sat, 9:00am - Fun Hike in Montaña de Oro - Valencia Peak - Virginia Jensen @ Montaña de Oro
The Valencia Peak hike will go at a leisurely pace, to include lots of breaks with time to talk about the history, plants, and geology. Enjoy the magnificent view from the 1,347 foot summit. Wear sturdy shoes and sun protection. Bring water and a snack. Long pants are advised as there may be poison oak and ticks on the trail. Meet at the Ranch House, 2.7 miles from Montaña de Oro Entrance sign. Trail Head Parking is located just past Spooners Cove along the bluff. Strenuous hike, chance of poison oak, 5 miles, 1000 foot elevation gain, 3 Hours.

Sep. 13, Sat, 11:00am - Discovery Saturday: Exploring Old San Simeon - Leslie McGarry @ North Coast
San Simeon Bay is rich in cultural heritage. Explore the history and uses from native peoples almost 10,000 years ago to current ownership by the Hearst family and CA State Parks. Presentation will include a short walk to the end of San Simeon pier and back. Meet at Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon Cove. Suggested donation $2.00/person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 805-927-6575 to reserve space. Easy walk, 2 hours.

Sep. 14, Sun, 10:00am - Los Osos Oaks Reserve - Faylla Chapman @ Los Osos
Enjoy a shaded stroll through ancient forest. See native plants and evidence of Chumash habitation. Learn colorful historical background. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at Reserve entrance, 0.7 miles east of South Bay Blvd. on Los Osos Valley Road. Easy walk, chance of poison oak, 1 mile, 1.5 hours.

Sep. 14, Sun, 3:00pm - Discover Hidden Life in the Morro Bay Estuary - Karen Watts @ Morro Bay
Learn about some of our planet’s most fascinating, seldom seen life-forms. A video-microscope will be used to look at the life that exists in a single drop of water. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Talk, 2 hours.

Sep. 18, Thu, 10:00am - Exploring Shifting Sands - Karen Watts & Pam Bains @ Morro Bay
How is sand formed? How do wind and waves reshape the beach? Discover how many organisms, both between the sand grains and on the surface, have adapted to this challenging environment. Dress in layers for wind/weather and wear sturdy beach shoes. Bring binoculars and water. Take Hwy 1 north to Yerba Buena exit; turn west to meet at Morro Strand State Beach entrance kiosk in North Morro Bay. Easy walk, 0.5 miles, 2 hours.

Sep. 18, Thu, 10:00am - Harmony Headlands and Its Human History - Mimi Kimball @ Harmony Headlands
Discover the relationship that humans have had with this land, for thousands of years. Learn about geology, wildlife and plants. Bring binoculars, a snack, water, hat and sunscreen. Dress in layers for wind/weather. Meet at Harmony Headlands parking lot on west side of Hwy 1, about 5.5 miles north of Cayucos. Active hike, 4 miles, 2.5 hours.

Sep. 18, Thu, 11:00am - Native Plants of Black Hill - Rich Michels @ Morro Bay
Hike the 660' elevation gain to the summit of Black Hill while discussing the native plants and their uses. Fabulous views. Wear long pants and good shoe tread. Meet at the picnic area in Morro Bay campground. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 3 miles, 2 - 2.5 hours.

Sep. 18, Thu, 1:00pm - Discover Magnificent Morro Rock - Rosemary Olszewski @ Morro Bay
Explore the beauty of Morro Rock and learn its geology and history. Look for animals that live on or near the rock. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the rest rooms in parking lot at north side of rock. Easy walk, 0.5 miles, 1.5 hours.

Sep. 19, Fri, 11:30am - Chumash - Before Spanish Explorers - Jim Avila @ Pismo Beach
Walk along the lagoon shore at Oceano Campground to hear about the way the Chumash lived before the Spanish explorers. Learn about the plants and animals they utilized for food and other uses. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at Nature Center, Oceano Campground, Pismo State Beach. Easy walk, chance of poison oak, 0.5 miles, 1.5 hours.

Sep. 19, Fri, 5:00pm - The Peregrine Falcon: Nature's Fighter Aircraft - Ranger Gene Browe @ Morro Bay
Learn about the peregrine’s habitat, food and nesting, under the premise of comparing it to military jet fighters. Meet at the Natural History Museum in Morro Bay. Talk.

Sep. 20, Sat, 11:00am - Discovery Saturday: What Lives in a Drop of Seawater? - Staff @ North Coast
The most astonishing creatures in the ocean are sometimes the smallest. Join us to collect oceanographic data from San Simeon Cove, including live plankton. Participants use a video-monitor and the information found contributes toward valuable data collected by CA Department of Public Health’s Biotoxin Monitoring Program. Meet at Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon Cove. Suggested donation $2.00/person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 805-927-6575 to reserve space. Easy walk, 2 hours.

Sep. 20, Sat, 11:00am - White's Point Vistas - Molly Stoddard @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short, steep walk to view the estuary, home to hundreds of marine and terrestrial animals. Learn about the forces creating and changing this watery world. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro bay Museum of Natural History. Moderate walk, 0.5 miles, 0.75 hours.

Sep. 21, Sun, 8:00am - Valencia Peak Hike - Ranger Jeff Sears @ Montaña de Oro
Join Ranger Jeff Sears on a hike up to Valencia Peak. Enjoy the magnificent view from the 1,347 foot summit. Wear sturdy shoes and sun protection. Bring water and a snack. Long pants are advised as there may be poison oak and ticks on the trail. Meeting site: Meet at the Ranch House, 2.7 miles from Montaña de Oro Entrance sign. Strenuous hike, chance of poison oak, 2 hours.

Sep. 21, Sun, 10:00am - Grand Dune Trail - Jerry Stanley @ Pismo Beach
Take a leisurely walk through the Pismo Dunes while learning about the dunes and habitats close to the ocean. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at entrance kiosk at the ocean end of Grand Avenue, Grover Beach. Free parking is available. Moderate walk, chance of poison oak, 2 miles, 2 hours.

Sep. 22, Mon, 10:00am - Montaña de Oro Bluff Nature Walk - Paul O’Connor @ Montaña de Oro
Take a pleasant hike along the bluffs for the magnificent views and look for wildlife. Dress for wind/weather and bring binoculars. Meet at Bluff Trailhead, about 100 yards south of Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 2 miles, 3 hours.

Sep. 24, Wed, 1:00pm - Eucalyptus- Beauty or Beast? - Faylla Chapman @ Montaña de Oro
Love it or hate it? Can’t decide? Walk through a grove in Montaña de Oro and learn the history, biology, pros and cons, and uses of these trees. Then decide for yourself! Dress for wind/weather and bring binoculars. Meet at the Hazard Canyon parking lot, on west side, 1.6 miles from the Montaña de Oro park entrance. Easy walk, chance of poison oak, 0.5 miles, 2 hours.

Sep. 26, Fri, 10:00am - Animal Tracks: Clues Left Behind - Ranger Will Rushworth @ Morro Bay
Kids will learn about tracks of animals commonly found in our State Parks such as coyotes, mountain lions, skunks, raccoons and snakes to name a few. Participants will make a plaster animal track mold to take home after the program. Meet at the Morro Strand Campground / Picnic tables next to the entrance kiosk. Talk, 1/2 hour.

Sep. 26, Fri, 5:00pm - The Peregrine Falcon: Nature's Fighter Aircraft - Ranger Gene Browe @ Morro Bay
Learn about the peregrine’s habitat, food and nesting, under the premise of comparing it to military jet fighters. Meet at the Natural History Museum in Morro Bay. Talk.

Sep. 27, Sat, 11:00am - Discovery Saturday: Central Coast Marine Mammals - Staff @ North Coast
A lively presentation with real fur, skulls and bones. Learn to identify these marine mammals, what to do if you see one sick or injured, and what you can do to keep these animals healthy. Walk to the pier to look for sea otters, seals, whales and other marine mammals. Meet at Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon Cove. Suggested donation $2.00/person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 805-927-6575 to reserve space. Easy walk, 2 hours.

Sep. 27, Sat, 11:00am - White's Point Vistas - Molly Stoddard @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short, steep walk to view the estuary, home to hundreds of marine and terrestrial animals. Learn about the forces creating and changing this watery world. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro bay Museum of Natural History. Moderate walk, 0.5 miles, 0.75 hours.

Sep. 28, Sun, 8:00am - Valencia Peak Hike - Ranger Jeff Sears @ Montaña de Oro
Join Ranger Jeff Sears on a hike up to Valencia Peak. Enjoy the magnificent view from the 1,347 foot summit. Wear sturdy shoes and sun protection. Bring water and a snack. Long pants are advised as there may be poison oak and ticks on the trail. Meeting site: Meet at the Ranch House, 2.7 miles from Montaña de Oro Entrance sign. Strenuous hike, chance of poison oak, 2 hours.

Sep. 30, Tue, 1:00pm - Salt Marsh to Mudflats - Faylla Chapman @ Morro Bay
Walk the State Park Marina Peninsula boardwalk to learn the history of the salt marsh and the plants and animals living in this specialized environment. Dress for wind/weather and mud. Bring binoculars. Park close to east end of Bayside marina parking lot or across the street at MB campground restrooms. Easy walk, 0.5 miles, 2 hours.
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