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Outdoor Calendar

October 07, 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.

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 3 to 5 miles long, and last about two hours.

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For more information, call (949) 497-7647 or e-mail wbonnin@parks.ca.gov.

Great Plein Air Art Experience: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Crystal Cove Alliance invites you to spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of Crystal Cove on canvas. Pre-registration required at http://www.crystalcovealliance.org or call (949) 376-6200. $15 day-use parking fee.

Historic District Walk:

10 a.m. Saturday. Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District and learn about the colorful past of the Cove and hear about the different uses for each cottage. Meet at Los Trancos parking lot at the trailer (from Coast Highway, turn inland at stoplight for Los Trancos.) $15 day-use parking fee.

Tidepool Walk: 4 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy a guided tidepool walk at Pelican Point. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot No. 2, near the parking lot (from Coast Highway, turn coastward at Newport Coast, right at the kiosk and left into the first lot.) $15 day-use parking fee.

Geology Tour: 9 a.m. Sunday. Visit several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time. Meet at Los Trancos lot at the trailer (from Coast Highway, turn inland at stoplight for Los Trancos). $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.

Rangers staff the park daily. Open 7 a.m. to sunset daily, including holidays. Parking lot hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Volunteer Training and Orientation: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Learn about various volunteer opportunities with Laguna Canyon Foundation. No experience required. For information and reservations call (949) 923-2235 or e-mail volunteer@lagunacanyon.

org. 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). Free (parking fee waived).

Native Plant Hike: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Learn to identify native plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist Nadine Nordstrom (author of the South Coast Wilderness Plant Identification Guide) on this moderate, but steep and rocky, 3.5-mile hike. For ages 12 and up Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road). Reservations required by calling (949) 923-2235. Parking is $3.

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