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Outdoor Calendar

December 02, 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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Little Treasure Cove Tidepool Walk: 2 p.m. Saturday: Join a Crystal Cove State Park docent on a guided tidepool walk to Little Treasure Cove (only accessible on the lowest of tides) when the tide will fall to -1.3, one of the lowest tide of the year. A volunteer will help identify animals. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot No. 1 (from Coast Highway, turn coastward at Newport Coast stoplight, right at the kiosk to the end). $15 day-use parking fee

Pelican Point Tidepool Walk: 2 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy a guided tidepool walk at Pelican Point when the tide will be -1.4. A volunteer will help identify animals. 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

Photography Walk: 2 p.m. Sunday: Take your holiday card photos at beautiful Crystal Cove State Park on a docent led walk. Meet at the Los Trancos lot near the trailer. $15 day-use parking.

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.

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.

Elder Trek: 9 to 11:30 a.m. today. Enjoy the outdoors and learn about diverse plant life on this easy, level, 2-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. For ages 10 and up. 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 by calling (949) 923-2235. Parking is $3. Donation is $2 per person.

Yoga for Adults: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Enjoy a peaceful, 1.5-mile walk as you learn yoga stretches and breathing and relaxation exercises with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. 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. Donation is $2 per person.

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