What we're about

Definition of naturalist
: a person who studies plants and animals as they live in nature
Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

This group might be for you if:

you like being outdoors and want to know more about the natural history around you

you like to share your knowledge about nature with others

you are a native plant, bird, animal or a reptile nerd and your friends are tired of hearing about it and you want to find other nature nerds

you want to learn basic ID skills of our great desert flora and fauna

you like to take photos, paint, draw, or journal and are looking for inspiration

you seek the calm of the outdoors

you like to stroll along the trail and soak in what's around you, taking breaks for photos, and looking at cool stuff

you know nothing, but want to learn more because connecting with nature is important to you!

Upcoming events (1)

Weekday Afternoon Hike(s) in Puma Canyon, Pinon Hills
Needs a date and time

Sunnyslope Rd & Silver Rock Rd

Location will be in the Puma Canyon Ecological Reserve in Pinon Hills 1 block west of the intersection of Sunnyslope and Silver Rock Road. (South of Hwy 138). The map above shows the intersection, we will be one block WEST of there at the Sand Canyon Entrance. There is about a mile of dirt road to drive, but it's well maintained. I can post a map tomorrow. Probably, Tues and/or Thursday, this week and next. This land, owned by Transition Habitat Conservancy is a wonderful place to hike. We may get a coyote serenade if we are lucky. This hike will be about 2.5 miles or less, not too strenuous, there is a hill in the beginning, and then mostly all downhill coming back. There are cactus, rocks, sandy areas and some downhill sections that require shoes with good traction. Always remember to carry water. We will hike up to a rustic cabin and see pinyon pines, Joshua trees, juniper, phainopeplas, cactus wrens, flannelbush, a few scrub oaks, and manzanita along the way. There could be snakes, lizards, butterflies, birds, and more. After the hike, we can drive up to the nearby Roberta Dewey Discovery Center to check out the view, grab some water and hang out before going home. The RDDC is where we are installing a Monarch Waystation. It may get a little dark on us, so bring a flashlight if you need to see. Let me know if you are interested and we'll work out some dates for the next week or two.

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