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Outdoor Calendar

February 24, 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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Tidepool Walk: Noon Sunday. Join a Crystal Cove State Park volunteer on a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point when the tide will fall to a low -0.4. A volunteer will help identify animals. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot No. 2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking 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.

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.

Visit http://www.lagunacanyon.org or call (949) 497-8324.

California Natives Hike:

9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Enjoy our coastal canyons and early wildflowers 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, call (949) 923-2235.Parking: $3. Donation, $2 per person

Birding Hike: 8 to

11:30 a.m. Sunday. Spot local native and winter migratory birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this slow and easy 2-mile hike over uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (westside of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Reservations required, call (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, call (949) 923-2235. Parking is $3. Donation is $2 per person.

Yoga for Kids: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Children ages 6-10 will explore a fun-filled yoga experience in a wilderness setting with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Please bring a yoga mat, towel and water. 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 is $3. Donation, $18 for 6-class series; $3 per child drop in.

Fitness Hike: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. For ages 15 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 is $3. Donation is $2 per person.

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