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Outdoor Calendar

April 14, 2011

Note: Wilderness parks are closed for 48 hours or more after significant rainfall. Parks may be closed due to rain conditions or mud. Call (949) 923-2235 or visit websites for current conditions.

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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Spring hike: Enjoy a guided springtime 3- to 5-mile backcountry hike at 9 a.m. Saturday and April 23 at the El Moro Visitor Center. $15 day-use parking fee.

Earth Day: Help celebrate Earth Day at Crystal Cove State Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers will help with a variety of projects including painting curbs and gates, removing old ranch fencing, installing symbolic fencing, cleaning the beach, sweeping beach ramps and pulling weeds. Meet at the Los Trancos

lot. For more information, e-mail wbonnin@parks.ca.gov.

Geology tour: Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a geology tour along the coastal section of the park at 9 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. April 23. 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. $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.

Lake stroll: Enjoy the outdoors and learn about diverse plant life on a leisurely paced, level, 2-mile lake stroll from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. Hike is for those 10 and older. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Make the reservations at (949) 923-2235. Parking is $3. Donation is $2 per person.

Yoga for adults: Learn yoga stretches and breathing on a 1.5-mile walk starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve.

Reservations are required, so call (949) 923-2235. Parking is $3. Donation is $2 per person.

Fitness hike: Raise your heart rate on a strenuous, 4.8-mile over steep and uneven terrain with a 400-foot elevation gain at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. Reservations are required, so call (949) 923-2235. Parking is $3. Donation is $2 per person.

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