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Outdoor Calendar

February 17, 2011

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. Due to the recent rainstorms, the backcountry is closed until further notice. The beaches and tidepools are open to the public. For more information, call (949) 497-7647 or e-mail wbonnin@parks.ca.gov.

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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.

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 Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking, $3. Donation is $2 per person.

Tot Walk: 9 to 10 a.m. today. Bring your wee ones, babies to 3-year-olds, on this easy walk 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, call (949) 923-2235.Parking, $3. Donation is $2 per person.

Keep It Wild Volunteer Day: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers help Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff with restoration projects. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 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).

Fitness Hike: 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 6-mile hike (700-foot elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. For ages 15 and older. Not for beginners. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Road east to end; meet at the gate.) Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Donation is $2 per person.

Dilley Loop Nature Hike: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Get close to nature on this leisurely 2-mile loop hike (370-ft. elevation gain) on steep and uneven terrain as you spot plants and animals or maybe just their tracks and signs along the way. For ages 12 and older. 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 is $2 per person.

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