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!
This is an outdoor event so dress appropriately and bring a flashlight. Event is scheduled from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Space is limited, please call to register (714) 973-3160 or email email@example.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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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.
image from greenadventures.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking: $5 per vehicle.
Redwood Grove Hike
Carbon Canyon Regional Park
4442 Carbon Canyon Rd.
Brea CA 92823
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.
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.