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Outdoor Calendar

June 18, 2010

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. $15 day-use parking fee.

Tidepool Walk: 10 a.m. Saturday. Enjoy a guided tidepool walk at Pelican Point on either . A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.

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Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, near the parking lot (PCH turn coastward at Newport Coast, right at the kiosk and left into the first lot.) $15 day-use parking fee

Backcountry Hike: 9 a.m. Sunday, . The wildflowers are still blooming! Join a state park volunteer for a guided 3- to 5- mile backcountry hike. Meet at El Moro Visitor Center (turn inland on Coast Highway at stoplight School-State Park.) $15 day-use parking fee.

Summer Solstice Sunset Photography Walk: 6 p.m. Monday. Learn how to take beautiful scenic photos and gorgeous wildflowers. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot 2, near the parking lot (PCH turn coastward at Newport Coast, right at the kiosk and left into the first lot.) $15 day-use parking fee.

LAGUNA COAST WILDERNESS PARK

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

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 (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Free (parking fee waived).

Writing In Nature: 2 to

5 p.m. Saturday. Come deepen your connection with nature on a 2-mile hike (400 ft. gain) over uneven terrain, as you look, listen, laugh and write under the oak and sycamore canopy, a place full of birdsong and stories, with English professor Thea Gavin. Bring a notebook, writing materials and something to sit on. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road). Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3. Donation: $2 per person.

Father's Day Hike: 4 to

7 p.m. Sunday. Fathers and their families will enjoy an afternoon in the wild on this leisurely 2-mile hike up and down Laurel Canyon, on an uneven, sometimes steep, trail. Bring your own picnic dinner to savor on a rocky outcrop overlooking the canyon! Led by OC Parks Resource Specialist Laura Cohen. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection). Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3. Program: $5 per person.

Tai Chi for Seniors: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. 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). Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3. Donation: $2 per person.

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