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Outdoor Calendar

May 15, 2009

Note: Wilderness parks are closed for 48 hours or more after significant rainfall. Call or visit websites for current conditions.

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CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK

Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 N. Coast Hwy, has 3.5 miles of beach and 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodland. $10 day-use parking fee. The park is open 6 a.m. to sunset daily. Docent-led backcountry hikes are scheduled for 9 a.m. most Saturdays and Sundays. Hikes are three to five miles, and last about two hours.

?Backcountry hikes: 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Look for signs of spring. Meet at El Moro Visitor Center on Coast Highway. $10 day-use parking fee.

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LAGUNA COAST WILDERNESS PARK

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road; reservations and information, (949) 923-2235; www.ocparks.com.

Rangers staff the park daily. Open daily, 7 a.m. to sunset, including holidays. Parking lot hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To learn more about volunteering or helping Laguna Canyon Foundation to preserve, protect and enhance the South Coast Wilderness, visit www.lagunacanyon.org or call (949) 497-8324.

Willow Canyon on Laguna Canyon Road, just south of the El Toro Road intersection. Open to hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers on specified trails; open 7 a.m. to sunset, but parking lot is only open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., $3.

Dilley Preserve on Laguna Canyon Road, just north of the 73 Toll Road: Open daily 7 a.m. to sunset. Parking $3; lot open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Little Sycamore Canyon on Laguna Canyon Road, just south of the 405 Freeway interchange: The James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; parking $3; lot open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

?Tot Walk: 9 to 10 a.m. Friday. Bring wee ones on this easy walk with Laguna Canyon Foundation’s Education Director Kimberly Leeds and volunteer naturalists. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3.

?Keep It Wild Volunteer Day: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers help Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff with restoration projects. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Free.

?Art in the Park Hike: 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Breathe deeply, decompress and enjoy nature’s music while letting the outdoors influence your reflections through poetry and mandala-making. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists Bette Lee and Gigi Logan. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3.

?Fitness Hike: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3.

?Junior Ranger Program Day 5: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Second and third graders, will learn about wilderness plants and animals and the skills needed to become a ranger. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Program: $10/person. Parking: $3.


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