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Outdoor Calendar

November 25, 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 three to five miles long, and last about two hours.

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Backcountry Hike: 9 a.m. Saturday. Enjoy a guided autumn 3-5 mile backcountry hike. Meet at El Moro Visitor Center (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park.) $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 volunteering or helping Laguna Canyon Foundation to preserve, protect and enhance the South Coast Wilderness, visit http://www.lagunacanyon.org or call (949) 497-8324.

Wobble Walk: 9 to 11 a.m. today. Walk off your Thanksgiving dinner on this slow-paced, 2-mile fitness hike with OC Parks Resource Specialist Laura Cohen. 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 by calling (949) 923-2235. Parking is $3. Program: $2 per person.

California Natives Hike: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Enjoy our own fall color while exploring the biodiversity of Laurel and Willow Canyons on this 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (700-ft. elevation gain) through an oak canopy with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). Reservations required by calling (949) 923-2235. Parking is $3. Donation is $2 per person.

Cultural Resource Hike: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Learn how Native Americans used various plants on this rigorous, steep and uneven 2-mile hike (400-foot elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. For ages 15 and older. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, about 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Reservations required by calling (949) 923-2235. Parking is $3. Donation is $2 per person.

Junior Ranger Program No. 4 — Caring for Park Plants/Animals: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Discover what local plants and animals need to survive and learn to use some of the tools rangers need to care for the park. (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 by calling (949) 923-2235. Program: $5 per student (includes material fee). Parking is $3.

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