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Come join us on a nature walk through Fairhaven Memorial Park's beautiful 78 acres of trees! As we walk, we attempt to identify many of the varieties of trees and other wildlife that call Fairhaven home. The tour will be lead by Naturalist-For-You's Julia! Please wear a mask and practice social distancing and wear shoes that you don't mind getting a bit wet!
RSVP: Must call[masked] or email [masked] to secure your reservation. In this monthly series, we learn how to generate within ourselves states of positivity, such as gratitude and forgiveness. We discuss how we can practice over time so that a "state" can become a "trait," our new normal. Mindfulness meditation is the foundation of the series and will be taught and practiced in each session. We make frequent stops to observe and appreciate natural surroundings in silence. An easy walk that is roughly 1 mile round-trip on a paved bike way, dirt trail and dry creek bed featuring uneven, rocky terrain. Mix of sun and shade. Minimal elevation gain. References: Mindfulness for Beginners, by Jon Kabat-Zinn: http://www.soundstrue.com/store/mindfulness-for-beginners.html Free Guided Meditations from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center: http://marc.ucla.edu/mpeg/01_Breathing_Meditation.mp3, http://marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations The Greater Good Science Center: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/
Alamitos Bay Let's go see the Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River. I've copied all of this information from Naturalist Joel Sax's Meetup group. (I had sent him a note, asking him to lead us on the hike, but he's never responded). So, Grant and I are going to attempt this hike on our own. You are welcome to join us. I've never been to the location before, so be patient with me (and the information provided) - there may be hiccups on the journey :) This is a free meetup. Please read all of his information thoroughly and come prepared for a hike! (Please do not bring pets on the hike. We have a serious dog allergy. Thank you!) Joel Sax's info: The northernmost colony of green sea turtles is our objective on this easy hike along the San Gabriel River. A pair of power plants spewing warm water creates an ideal temperature that brings the chelonians north, far from the tropical waters where they spawn. Their existence had been dismissed as cryptobiology until a team from the Aquarium of the Pacific arrived at the spot and confirmed that they were the real thing come for a spa. We will begin at Alamitos Bay in Long Beach (reached from Seal Beach). We will cross a bridge, then turn north for about a mile and a half to the power plants where we will look for the turtles. (Binoculars can be helpful!) We will then return the way we came, going past the bridge to Seal Beach where we will pause for a snack and some time in the sun. More information on the turtles DETAILS Distance: The hike is about 3 miles long. It should take us about 1 to 1 ½ hours round trip. We will spend 15 to 20 minutes looking for the turtles. Binoculars are helpful. We may bring a spotting scope, too. Difficulty: Easy. The trail is flat. There is a sandy section at the beach. Facilities: There are bathrooms at the beach. Gear: Good shoes, hat, and shorts. Swimsuit and towel optional. Binoculars can be helpful spotting the turtles. Post-Hike: We will enjoy a snack while relaxing on Seal Beach. DIRECTIONS: From the 405: Go south on Seal Beach Boulevard. At Westminster Boulevard, Seal Beach doglegs to the right. Continue to Pacific Coast Highway where you will turn right. Turn left on Marina. Proceed to the Alamitos Bay Marina parking lot. We will meet on the corner. HIKE GUIDANCE: Bring at least one bottle of water (16oz) and snacks Eat breakfast. Rain one day or less prior to hike might cancel the hike. Check the site the night before for news. Wait at each trail crossing or turn-off for the rest of the group and the organizer. Wear appropriate hiking clothes and shoes. Do not leave a fellow hiker behind without inquiring as to their condition. You are responsible for your own safety. DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.