Saturday, June 22
Evening Soap Plant Quest
This ±4.5 mile evening hike with ±800 feet elevation gain in Toro Park takes us through a forested valley along the Ollason trail, then up to oak dotted grasslands. If we are lucky, we will see soap plants blooming as they bloom in the late afternoon and evening. If not, we’ll have a nice late day walk in the woods. Bring water and dinner. Arrive early; we depart on time. Seniors 62 and older get into the park free with a photo ID. Led by Lynn Bomberger.
Wednesday, July 10
Point Lobos Bird and Plant Discovery
Join Jerry Loomis on a “questions encouraged” discovery walk with a focus on birds and plants. Jerry was a park ranger at the Point Lobos Reserve for 22 years and currently coordinates the “Point Lobos Summer Adventures Program” for children. The walk will be ± 2 miles with minimal ascent. Bring $3 for park fee, water, and a snack.
Saturday, June 13
Hastings Reserve Field Trip
Join Jen Hunter, the Director of the Hastings Reserve, on an educational field trip. Hastings is a 2,500 acre biological field station located in upper Carmel Valley, and is part of the California Natural Reserve System operated under the University of California Berkeley—Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. We’ll learn about the property’s history and some of the current research, including work on oak woodlands, acorn woodpeckers, California deer mice and geology. About 3/4 mile with minimal elevation gain. Bring $5 for use fee, water, and lunch or a snack.
Sunday, July 21
Williams Canyon Leopard Lily Hike to Mitteldorf Preserve
This lovely hike is ±4 miles with ± 400’ ascent. It’s along Williams Canyon Road where we’ll pass through a spectacular redwood environment with several creeks on our way to Big Sur Land Trust’s Mitteldorf Preserve. We’ll even admire the county’s largest diameter redwood. But if we’re lucky, we’ll see the star of the day—beautiful leopard lilies. Bring water and lunch. Arrive early; we depart on time. Led by Lynn Bomberger
Saturday, July 27
Behind the Scenes at Rana Creek Nursery
Rana Creek Nursery sits on 25 acres of earth in the verdant Carmel Valley. They grow and supply western native and water-efficient plants for homes and gardens. Rana Creek plants are ideal for intimate gardens, ornamental landscapes, grassy meadows, green walls, living roofs, and ecological restoration projects. In addition, they are also a renowned ecological design firm specializing in landscape architecture, environmental planning, native plant propagation, landscape construction and habitat restoration with numerous projects in the U.S. and abroad. Robert Kurner will give us a nursery tour.
Monday, August 19
Land of Medicine Buddha with Andy Werner
Land of Medicine Buddha is our favorite starting and ending location, but most of this field trip is actually in the Forest of Nisene Marks. We’ll see some interesting plants and late wildflowers such as harebells. We’ll also hike along a cool shady creek. About ±7 mi and ±700’ elevation gain. Bring water and a lunch or snack along with $5 each for LMB. Led by Andy Werner
Thursday, August 22
Point Lobos Shoreline and Forest Hike
Point Lobos is always a beautiful destination. On this outing we’ll take in the stunning shoreline of the North Shore, Cypress Grove and also some forest trails. There might not be many flowers, but the views will be breathtaking. The hike is ±3.5 miles with ±150’ ascent. Bring $3 for the park fee, water, and lunch. We depart on time. Led by Lynn Bomberger