Hoot N’ Howling Night Hike

This Saturday, November 8, 2014, Carbon Canyon Regional Park will host a “Hoot ‘N Howling Night Hike”. Park rangers will lead a starlit hike showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.  The night will feature activities including:

• A visit to the Nature Center
• A live animal presentation
• Hot cocoa and cookies
• A hike through the wilderness area
• Parking and the event are FREE!
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Space is limited, please call to register  (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com

Save the Dates: The next night hikes at Carbon Canyon Regional Park will be on Saturday, December 27, 2014 and on Saturday, January 31st, 2015
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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.

 

 

 

Redwood Grove Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park

Going to see the Redwoods is one of things on my bucket list but until then there’s an alternative right here in Orange County.

Carbon Canyon Regional Park has a ten-acre grove of Coastal Redwood trees. This grove of redwoods were planted in 1975 with many of the trees standing over 100 feet tall. Not bad being that this is far from their normal growing conditions in Northern California.

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In addition to their most popular hike (to see the Orange County Redwoods) Carbon Canyon Regional Park has an interpretive center, picnic areas, restrooms, fishing, playgrounds, walking and hiking trails.

Carbon Canyon Regional Park is adjacent to Chino Hills State Park, which has 14,000 acres of protected park land (which just happens to have some great mountain biking).

There is a smaller grove of Redwoods in Orange County which is located at UC Irvine. This grove is a result of a former professor’s experiment in tree cloning.

To tour the Redwoods at Carbon Canyon  you can join OC Parks trained staff for an easy 1.1 mile hike to the redwoods. Use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about native plants along the way.

The hike begins each Saturday and Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center. It runs 8:30am – 10:00am. Don’t forget to visit the Nature Center. Remember to bring 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. Reservations preferred: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com. Parking: $5 per vehicle.

Redwood Grove Hike

Carbon Canyon Regional Park

4442 Carbon Canyon Rd.

Brea CA 92823

ocparks.com/carboncanyon

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Nature Walk and a Movie

 

This sounds like a really neat evening. Enjoy a twilight walk  and Cinema under the Stars in an outdoor amphitheater at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim.

Movie nights are July 18th, July 25th & August 1st, walks start at 7:30pm, movies start at 8 pm. Suggested donation is $5.00 per family.

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You Say Potato I Say Potahto

 

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Either way you prefer to say it didn’t seem to matter to the kids at the garden yesterday.

Our class harvested the potatoes they planted in January. They absolutely loved it! It is so exciting to see kids excited about gardening.

They learned the entire process by doing. Our kids now know how to plant and grow potatoes but the most obvious reward for them was digging those beauties out of the ground.

No one cared about getting dirty or that their classmate just tossed dirt on them, they just keep digging. Every time one of them would find a potato we would hear the joyous sounds of a child  yelling “I found one”!

Everyone went home with potatoes. My daughters were both so anxious to prepare and eat their potatoes for dinner. I originally choose to volunteer in the garden not only because I love to garden but also because this the one spot at school that I could bring my little one along with me. They both had a great time digging into the earth to gather potatoes. I was thinking of finding another way of volunteering at school next year but all of this enthusiasm might have just sealed the deal for  my commitment in the garden for next year.

 

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Nature in the Middle of the City.

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 I have to tell everyone about a great spot here in Orange County, the Environmental Nature Center. It’s a hidden gem in the middle of a residential neighborhood. This place is absolutely free (great for freegan’s like me). From the outside you would not think it’s as big as it is. They have an outstanding Butterfly house that is open between May 4 and September 26 2014.

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 This place is one of a our favorites. Inside their state of the art green building, they a have a nice little reading corner, an educational area, and a gift shop. Step outside and within a few steps your taking a stream side hike (that our 3 year can lead). Be sure to bring your lunch and something to drink. You can enjoy your lunch at one of the tables set up through the hiking trails.

They have Girl Scout and Boy Scout Badge programs available and they are very reasonable. There is such much learning to be done here. It’s big enough to give the kids a outdoor experience and small enough that they can enjoy themselves without getting tired and grumpy.  This is definitely one of my peaceful places and the girls love it.

http://encenter.org/

1601 E.16th St. Newport Beach, CA 92663

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Nature as the Teacher

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I volunteer at our school garden and today was our scheduled garden day. Due to the extreme heat we are experiencing I had to cancel it. Even though I’ll put it back on the calender next week, I did this with a bit of regret. I know how much the children love it. It is the most gorgeous garden. For me, this is another way of reaching out and helping,  but also a way to get to know other parents. Another way of refining myself.

The entire school, class by class spends time in the garden each month. Each class has a team of parents that help the children who learn by planting, maintaining the garden and composting (they love composting). One of the most interesting things to me is that even the children who do not like to eat fruits or vegetables love going to the garden.  They love harvesting time and celebrate by having salad. Each Tuesday, we can buy some of the harvested fruits and vegetables along with baked goods, lemon pops and green juice, all made with things grown in the garden.

I’m kind of bragging about our school garden because it is truly a labor of love and definitely something to brag about.  This is a description of the garden in the Orange County Register “150 parents involved in the TMA organic Garden and Nature Center, which broke ground in 2008 and is the most extensive school garden in Orange County”.  I think it’s a great place for the children to learn. Next week I’ll write about our time in the garden. Until then, here’s the article that appeared in the Orange County Register.

 Nature as Teacher.