Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events March 2020

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events March 2020

Special Events: 

Cactus Wren Monitoring Training with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Become a Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Endangered Cactus Wren monitor at a field training on the Alta Vicente Reserve. This training will show you all you need to know to help document this rare and charismatic species that only lives in a few other places then on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  No experience is needed.  This is for ages 16 and up only.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Nature Walk will take place at Linden H. Chandler Preserve by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Experience this 28 acre nature preserve with native plants blooming in restored habitat (supported by Patagonia) to serve as home for the rare Palos Verdes blue butterfly.  This is considered a moderate walk.  Sign up at www.pvplc.org.

Monthly Activities:

The Nature Club for Families: Local Birds of the White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Bring your kids to White Point Nature Preserve and meet the California Gnatcher, a bird that is endangered everywhere else, but is recovering here in habitat restored by the Conservancy.  Families will enjoy a bird walk to spot a red tailed hawk, a peregrine falcon or even a burrowing owl and learn about how the Preserve provides them with wilderness in the big city.  Make a fabulous feather painting and build a nest all your own.  This is free and appropriate for all ages, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Green is a lucky color this month, especially if your garden is green with native plants.  Visit the native plant sale and start converting your garden into one that supports the survival of California’s declining coastal bird population.  The Nature Center can show you how to take make this happen.  Half gallon size native plants are $8 each.  This is free and appropriate for all ages, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

The Woodlands Nature Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Look for leprechauns along this pristine canyon’s 1.8 mile trail that winds through fragrant coastal sage habitat and into shady willow woodland. Observe canyon birds and wildlife, discover rare exposed Catalina schist bedrock and enjoy a spectacular view of the Los Angeles basin at the top.  Trail accessible to jogging strollers.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  This event is free and appropriate for all ages.  The Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information, call (S-S) 310-547-0862 or (M-F) 310-541-7613 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 

The  Nature Club for Families: Local Reptiles at George F Canyon will take place on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Most of the Peninsula’s native snakes aren’t poisonous, including Ms. Penny, the beautiful California King Snake in the nature center.  Come find out how Ms. Penny’s species keeps the Peninsula’s rattle snake population down.  Meet Thor, the alligator lizard, and leave fearing snakes less and with a greater appreciation for all our local reptiles.  This event is free and appropriate for all ages.  Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome.  The Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information go to www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

The Wild Bird Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.  Join the Wild Birds Unlimited to search for the winged creatures that make White Point Nature Preserve their home.  Keep one ear tuned for the “meow” of the endangered gnatcatcher, now thriving at White Point.  Or maybe you will spot one of the burrowing owls, a peregrine falcon, or a red tailed hawk.  This program is free and all ages are welcome.  Binoculars supplied for beginners.  Parking is available at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  For more information email csmith@pvplc.org, or go to www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

The Coastal Nature Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  At the end of Western Avenue there awaits one hundred acres of land with a story to tell. Once roamed by huge saber tooth tigers, it became a peaceful Tongva village, then  rangeland for cattle and sheep, a home to a thriving Japanese American community, a strategic military defense site housing two long range guns, and a nuclear missile launch site.  Today, it is preserved natural land, slowly being restored to its original state (minus the tigers).  They invite everyone to hike this unique preserve.  This is free and appropriate for all ages, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Native Plant Sale at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Look closely at your garden this month.  Notice whether the plants growing there are busy with hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.  If not, come to the native plant sale to purchase local plant species that create habitat for pollinators.  Then, just sit back and watch your garden come alive with the flap, flutter and buzz of winged wildlife.  For more information email scmith@pvplc.org.  George F Canyon is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

The Wild Bird Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.  You will join Wild birds Unlimited expert birder to search for the winged creatures that thrive in the coastal sage and riparian woodland of this lovely canyon.  This is free and appropriate for all ages. Binoculars are supplied for beginners.  No dogs are allowed on the bird walks.  The George F Canyon Nature Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Nature and Me Storytime at George F Canyon Preserve will take place on Friday, March 27, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.  Marisa Perley, wonderful children’s librarian with the Palos Verdes Library District, shares books, songs and activities that will open your child’s eyes to the wonders of the natural world and inspire an early love for nature.  Concludes with a visit to the nature center and a stroll on the beautiful woodland nature trail.  This is free and appropriate for all ages, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Volunteers provide a critical role in working to remove invasive weeds to maintain important wildlife habitat in this recently resorted ocean side habitat.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Abalone Cove Reserve will take place on Saturdays, March 14th and Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help enhance the habitat by planting native shrubs, removing invasive weeds, watering native plants and more. Your efforts will help restore this habitat for wildlife as well as create a beautiful place for the community to enjoy.  Locations may be subject to change or cancellation due to rain. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The volunteers will help care for the White Point Native Plant Demonstration Garden by removing invasive weeds, watering native plants, adding mulch to recently planted plants and more.  These efforts will help restore this habitat for wildlife as well as create a beautiful place for the community to enjoy!  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Rapid Response Team will be getting together on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  You will work alongside Conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails.  The task includes trail maintenance, building fences, installing signage and more.  You will work at various locations around the Preserve.  No experience is needed.  This is for ages 15 and up.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Hikes and Trails, click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

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