Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District Your adventure activities guide for all ages

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Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District Your adventure activities guide for all ages
SPRING/SUMMER 2023                         

 Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District

     Your adventure activities guide for all ages

         Preserving and Protecting Parks and Open Space since 1972
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District Your adventure activities guide for all ages

              Let’s Go Outdoors! Spring-Summer 2023
              Dear Friends,
              We here at Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District (MPRPD) warmly invite you to join the fun and enriching
              outdoor activities planned for this spring and summer! Our parks, natural preserves, and open spaces, from their
              stunning wildflowers to their seasonal flurries of wildlife activity, continue to offer excellent educational and
              recreational opportunities, and this year already promises to be an exciting one for us all.
              Spring is a time for rejuvenation and looking forward, but it is also important to remind ourselves of the rich
              heritage of this region, of the Indigenous Peoples who were the first custodians of these resources and who
              continue that legacy today. Throughout MPRPD’s fifty years of existence, we’ve partnered with these and other
              groups to preserve and protect natural ecosystems and provide inspirational outdoor experiences for both
              current and future generations.
              As we work together to build a more sustainable future, a strong coalition of non-profit, private, governmental,
              and research organizations joins us in the planning and implementation of numerous important endeavors,
              while we remain firmly committed to such essential partnerships.
              We also celebrate milestones along our continuing journey toward a more inclusive, environmentally
              literate society. For example, construction is now complete on the first phase of improved access to Palo
              Corona Regional Park, including a new accessible entry plaza and visitor drop-off area, an accessibility-
              compliant restroom building, and trail network enhancements. Please stop by and check out these wonderful
              MPRPD’s team looks forward to both the challenges and the opportunities this year will present, and we thank
              you for your ongoing support. We once again express our sincere gratitude to the volunteers, instructors, and
              other partners who help us offer such an excellent array of educational and recreational programs, hikes,
              cultural and natural resource conservation and restoration opportunities, and many other activities.
              If perusing this guide for the first time, I wholeheartedly urge you to partake in some of this wonderful, free
              programming. And for those who are returning participants, thank you for joining us and congratulations on
              being a vital part of MPRPD’s ongoing mission!

              Dr. Rafael Payan
              MPRPD General Manager

             Cover photo Delphinium spp. by Ben Benner, MPRPD Volunteer.

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4        GET TO KNOW YOUR MPRPD PARKS                          Physical        Binoculars       Pack Additional
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9        OUT OF THIS WORLD! STARGAZING                     for all programs
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How to Register                                       Waitlist | Waitlisting does not guarantee
                                                      admittance. If a spot becomes available, you will
                                                      be contacted by either email or phone and have 24
Online | Go to our website at               hours to respond. Generally, this occurs within 1-5
or scan the MPRPD QR code.                            days of the program start.
Walk-in | Available weekends from 10 am to            Cancellations | MPRPD may cancel programs due to
4 pm at Palo Corona Discovery Center or               low registration, weather conditions, or unforeseen
Garland Park Visitor Center.                          circumstances. Cancellations will be sent by email.
Phone | Call 831-372-3196, extension 102.             If you must cancel a program, please let MPRPD
                                                      staff know by email or telephone at least one
Email |                                 calendar day prior to the class. Registration cannot
                                                      be canceled online.
Registration | Opens 1 calendar month prior to
the activity and closes at 4 pm the day before        Reminders | Email reminders will be sent
the activity. Important: You must register for        approximately 3-5 days prior to the start of class.
all programs unless otherwise stated. An email
confirmation receipt is sent upon successful online   Policies | Only service dogs are allowed at activities,
registration. Contact staff if you do not receive     unless otherwise indicated. All policies are
a receipt.                                            available online.

                                            24TH Annual
                     Summer Wildflower Show
                                Surround yourself with a variety
                                    of summer wildflowers!
                          Saturday & Sunday | June 10 - June 11
                                     10 am - 4 pm
                                      Garland Park Visitor Center
                                      FREE admission |

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Get to Know Your MPRPD Parks
Get to Know Your MPRPD Parks

                               Children MUST be registered and be accompanied by a registered adult.
                                                                                                                     Whisler Overlook to
                                                                                                                     the Redwoods
                                                                                                                     Get a breathtaking view of the Carmel
                                                                                                                     Bay from the Whisler Overlook, then
                                                                                                                     hike down to the redwood trees of
                                                                                                                     the San Jose Creek and back up to
                                                                                                                     Animas Pond and Inspiration Point.
                                                                                                                     This strenuous trek to the Whisler
                                                                                                                     Overlook is sure to get your heart
                                                                                                                     racing. Instructor: MPRPD Volunteer
                               Terraces, Redwoods, and                   Bird Walks                                   Ages 18+
                               Creeks, Oh My                             Discover our feathered residents at all      Saturday | 9 am-2:30 pm
                               Take time to appreciate the little        times of the year. Each season features      May 6; Jun. 17
                               things in life as you hike Terrace,       different species and behaviors. Prowl       Palo Corona Flag Pole
                                                                         the oak woodlands of Palo Corona and         Elevation change: Approx. 1600 ft.
                               Redwood Canyon, and Garzas trails                                                      Distance: Approx. 10 miles.
                               from the eastern portion of Garland       Locke-Paddon Wetland community
                               Park. Experience the tranquility          park in search of the 400+ species of
                               of Garzas Creek among towering            birds that inhabit our wonderful region.
                               redwoods. Instructor: MPRPD               Instructor: Rick Berg, MPRPD Naturalist.
                               Volunteer Naturalist.                      Ages 12-Adult
                                Ages 12-Adult                             Saturday | 8:30 am-11 am
                                                                                                                     Discover Kahn Ranch
                                Sunday | 9:30 am-1:30 pm                  Apr. 8; May 6; Jul. 8; Aug. 12             Enjoy a strenuous yet relaxed-paced
                                Jun. 4; Jul. 2                            Palo Corona Flag Pole                      hike with breathtaking views.
                                East Garzas Trailhead, Carmel Valley                                                 Located on the southeastern end of
                                Elevation change: Approx. 650 ft.         May 13; Jul. 15; Sep. 16                   Garland Ranch Regional Park, Kahn
                                Distance: Approx. 4 miles.                                                           Ranch boasts spectacular vistas and
                                No restrooms available.                   Marina Library Parking Lot
                                                                          Elevation change: 20-80 ft.                an enchanting waterfall. Enjoy the
                                                                          Distance: Approx. 1.5 miles.               beautiful scenery as you hike to Fern
                                                                                                                     Falls, up the Manzanita Trail, and down
                                                                                                                     Hitchcock Loop. Instructors: Mary
                                                                                                                     Dainton and Cath Farrant, MPRPD
                               Nature Night Hike                                                                     Volunteer Naturalists.
                               Come to the dark side! Quietly prowl      San Jose Creek Loop                          Ages 12-Adult
                               the woodlands and meadows in              Explore San Jose Creek by hiking             Sunday | 10 am-2 pm
                               search of the life that only comes out    out and back from the Highway 1              Apr. 2
                               after others leave. Learn about our       trailhead.. Only accessible through          Kahn Ranch, Carmel Valley
                               nocturnal neighbors and their habits      LGO! a shuttle will take you to and          Elevation change: Approx. 1,100 ft.
                                                                                                                      Distance: Approx. 4 miles.
                               and prey. Reconnect with the skills       from your destination to meander
                               of moving and listening like a wild       through fields of flowers, lush
                               thing, while observing owls, bats, and    redwood groves, and dry chaparral
                               other predators. Instructor: Rick Berg,   hillsides that lead uphill to spectacular
                               MPRPD Volunteer Naturalist.               views of the coast. Instructors: MPRPD
                                Ages 12-Adult                            Volunteer Naturalists.
                                Saturday                                  Ages 10-Adult
                                15 minutes prior to sunset                Thursday | 9:30 am-12 pm
                                Apr. 8; May 6; Jul. 8; Aug. 12            May 4                                        Registration
                                Palo Corona Park Plaza Entry              Palo Corona Flag Pole
                                Elevation change: 100 ft.                 Elevation change: 600 ft.                     Required
                                Distance: Approx. 3 miles.                Distance: 4-4.5 miles.
                                                                                                                           Scan here
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Medicinal Plant Tour

                                                                                                                        Get to Know Your MPRPD Parks
There’s plant medicine all around us!
Come meet some of our plant allies
while taking a leisurely stroll through
                                              California Wildlife Day
a lovely nature preserve. We’ll meet
several non-native plants, and a few
                                                  WILDLIFE & WATERSHEDS
native ones too. Some are medicine,             Sponsored by the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy
some are food...some are both! Learn                and Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District
how to identify and understand the
uses for these plants. Instructor:          Sunday, March 26 | 10 am-3 pm | Palo Corona Regional Park
Lianne Neptune, Herbalist.
                                          FUN FOR ALL AGES: Interactive Booths • Special Presentations
 Ages 8-Adult                                    Nature and Discovery Walks • Arts and Crafts
 Saturday | 10:30 am-12 pm
 May 13; Jul. 15; Sep. 9
 Del Rey Oaks
 Elevation change: Approx. 10 ft.
 Distance: Approx. 1.5 miles.

Evening Blooms and Plants
Stroll through the forests, observe
wildflower blooms that only open
as the sun sets, and experience early
summer flowers at Garland Ranch
Regional Park. Instructor: MPRPD          California celebrates its wildlife every spring equinox! Celebrate with us!
Volunteer Naturalist.                                          FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT
 Ages 12-Adult                              | FOLLOW: @californiawildlifeday
 Saturday | 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
 Jun. 3
 Garland Park Visitor Center
 Elevation change: Approx. 200 ft.
 Distance: Approx. 3 miles.

Arduous Wildflower
Challenge yourself on a strenuous
hike to experience spring wildflowers
along the ridges near Garzas Creek.
Enjoy a botanical journey up and down
steep hills to see unique wildflowers
and plants galore. Instructor: Stanley
Dudek, MPRPD Volunteer Naturalist.
 Ages 12-Adult
 Saturday | 10 am-2 pm
 Apr. 8
 Garzas Creek Trailhead, Carmel Valley
 Elevation change: Approx. 1400 ft.
 Distance: Approx. 4 miles.
 No restrooms available.

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Workshops, Seminars, & Exploration
Workshops, Seminars, & Explorations

                                      Children MUST be registered and be accompanied by a registered adult.

                                      Raptor Encounter                                                                       Painting Nature in Nature
                                      Raptor populations throughout the                                                      Gather outdoors in the beauty
                                      world are just a fraction of what they                                                 of nature to paint a specific local
                                      were a few hundred years ago. Meet                                                     flower, herb, or plant. Watercolor
                                      several of our native birds, up-close                                                  paint, brushes, and canvas will be
                                      and personal, as we discuss some                                                       provided to you. All experience levels
                                      of the challenges these magnificent                                                    are welcome. Dress in comfortable
                                      creatures face in our ever-changing                                                    layers as this will include movement.
                                      world. Instructor: Antonio Balestreri,                                                 Instructor: Suzy Adra.
                                      Master Falconer.                                                                        Ages 18+
                                       Ages 12-Adult                                                                          Saturday | 11 am-12 pm
                                       Friday | 6 pm- 8 pm                        How to Become                               Apr. 22, 29
                                       May 12; Jul. 14                                                                        Marina Library, Locke-Paddon Park
                                       Marina Library, Marina
                                                                                  a Field Naturalist                          Elevation change: 20-40 ft.
                                                                                  Dive into nature and become a field         Distance: Approx. 1 mile.
                                                                                  naturalist. You will learn how to keep a
                                                                                  notebook to record your observations
                                                                                  in nature, use binoculars, use online
                                                                                  resources, and learn about the local
                                      Flint Knapping-                             natural history of the Central Coast.      Wildflower Wonder:
                                      Making Stone Tools                          Inspired by the California Naturalist      Journaling Nature
                                      Watch a demonstration of basic stone        program from the University of
                                                                                                                             Practice how to find the unseen
                                      tool creation from the earliest 2.5         California. Instructor: Patrick Furtado,
                                                                                                                             wonder in nature! Nature journaling is
                                      million-year-old tools of the Paleolithic   Naturalist.
                                                                                                                             a perfect medium to explore and get
                                      to the more refined tools of the 5,000-      Ages 13-Adult                             to know wildflowers. Come learn to
                                      year-old Neolithic. Tools have always        Saturday | 9:30 am-12:30 pm               sketch and describe them with ease
                                      been created by available materials,         Apr. 1 | Plants                           in a journal to record your experience
                                      and the skill and ingenuity of the           May 6 | Birds                             and continue learning of our local
                                      user. Instructor: Blake Bufford, MPRPD       Jun. 3 | Amphibians, Reptiles,            flora. Open to all levels. Instructor:
                                      Volunteer.                                   Mammals                                   Melinda Nakagawa.
                                       All Ages                                    Jul. 1 | Earth & Water
                                                                                                                              Ages 13-Adult
                                       Saturday | 10 am-11 am                      Garland Park Visitor Center
                                                                                   Elevation change: 80-100 ft.               Saturday | 10 am-12 pm
                                       Aug. 12; Sep. 2
                                                                                   Distance: 1-2 miles.                       Apr. 22
                                       Palo Corona Event Pad
                                                                                                                              Garland Park Visitor Center
                                                                                                                              Elevation change: 20-80 ft.
                                                                                                                              Distance: Approx. 1-2 miles.

                                                                                                                                   Scan here
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Get Out, Get Healthy

                                                                                                                                 Get Out, Get Healthy
Awe Walk                                    Nature Immersion                            Qi Gong
Breathe Deep and BEE Happy!                 Walking slowly and sensing the              Pronounced “chi-gong,” it is a simple
Experience boundless wonderment             natural world can refresh, inspire,         practice with profound results that
and get out of your head and into           and even heal our bodies, hearts,           combines movement, posture,
nature. Increase joy, vitality, and         and minds. With invitations from            breathing and meditation for the
gratitude and awaken your sense of          the practice of Shinrin-yoku (Forest        purpose of physical, emotional and
childlike curiosity. These are just a few   Bathing), participants are guided           spiritual improvements. No martial
of the side-effects of Awe Walking.         into a way of mindfully relating with       arts knowledge necessary. All physical
Discover the awe-inspiring power of         the world around and inside of us           levels are welcome. Instructor:
nature’s splendor.                          -- evoking a deep sense of relaxation,      Michelle Polkabla.
Instructor: Monica Eastway, Eco             belonging, and sometimes, awe.               All Ages
Gerontologist.                              Instructor: Marianne Rowe.                   Friday | 9 am-9:45 am
 All Ages                                    Ages 18+                                    May 5, 12, 19, 26
 Wednesday | 10 am-11 am                     Saturday | 10 am-12 pm                      Palo Corona Event Pad
 Mar. 29; Apr. 12; May 17                    Jul. 29
 Garland Park Lower Parking Lot              Palo Corona Flag Pole
 Elevation change: Approx. 60 ft.            Elevation change: Approx. 60 ft.
 Distance: Approx. 1.5 miles.                Distance: 1-2 miles.
                                             Please note: some parts of the walk will
                                             be in silence.
                                                                                        Slow Flow Yoga in Nature
                                                                                        Gather outdoors in the beauty of
                                                                                        nature for an evening of rejuvenating
Mindful Walking &                                                                       and strengthening yoga flow practice.
Meditation                                                                              Release stress and strengthen your
                                            Tai Chi for Energy I                        mind, body, and soul while enjoying
Mindfulness in nature cultivates            Tai Chi for Energy combines the             the outdoors and building friendships
awareness of whatever is taking place       oldest style of tai chi, Chen, with the     with like-minded people.Bring a mat
within and around you: thoughts and         newest style, Sun, to improve energy,       and water. Instructor: Suzy Adra.
emotions, the breeze, the sounds            balance, awareness, relaxation and           Ages 13 - Adult
of nature, the warmth of the sun,           increase strength and flexibility. Tai       Wednesday | 5 pm-6 pm
invite wonder and awe. Join us for          chi principles will be introduced with       April 5, 12, 19
this mindful outdoor experience             each session. Tai chi and its principles     Palo Corona Flag Pole
combining nature meditation, mindful        provide tools to assist with daily           Bring a mat and water.
walking, sensory activation, and            activities. Instructor: Liana Olson,
informal discussion.                        Senior Trainer & Board-Certified Tai
Instructor: Katie Dutcher.
                                            Chi for Health Institute.
 Ages 18+                                    Ages 10-Adult
 Tuesday | 9:30 am-11 am                     Wednesdays | 4 pm-5 pm
 Apr. 11; May 30                             April 12, 26; May 3, 17, 24, 31
 Palo Corona Flag Pole
 Elevation change: Approx. 60 ft.            Marina Library, Marina
 Distance: 1-1.5 miles.

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Family Discoveries
Family Discoveries

                     Exploring Nature                             Farm Discovery:
                     with Children                                Family Farm Field Trip
                     Join an experienced outdoor educator         Come explore Live Earth’s 150-acre
                     and learn new ways to engage children        organic farm! Learn farming and
                     in the outdoors. We’ll cover fun,            gardening skills, play with farm
                     educational, and reflective activities       animals, and taste some of our
                     to help all ages engage meaningfully         seasonal harvests. With each tour,
                     with nature. Instructor: Ventana             we cultivate relationships to nature
                     Wildlife Society Educator.                   and our food system and incorporate
                      All Ages                                    environmental stewardship and
                      Sunday | 4 pm-5 pm                          nutrition. Instructor: Farm Discovery
                      May 14; Aug. 27                             Staff.
                                                                                                             Farm Discovery:
                      Palo Corona Flag Pole                        All Ages                                  Spring Harvest
                                                                   Saturday | 10 am-12 pm
                                                                                                             Explore Live Earth’s 150-acre organic
                                                                   Aug. 19; Sep. 16
                                                                                                             farm and the first harvests of the
                                                                   Farm Discovery at Live Earth,
                                                                                                             season. Experience the farm hands-on
                                                       FATH        Optional picnic lunch opportunity from    as we cultivate relationships to nature
                     Herps of Fort Ord                     ER
                                                         DAY ’S    12 pm-1 pm.                               and our food system and incorporate
                     Fort Ord is a hot spot for snakes,                                                      environmental stewardship and
                     lizards, salamanders, and other herps                                                   nutrition. Instructor: Farm Discovery
                     in Monterey County. Observe these                                                       Staff.
                     animals up close and look for evidence                                                   All Ages
                     of them around Fort Ord. Instructor:
                                                                  Farm Discovery:                             Saturday | 10 am-12 pm
                     BLM Staff.
                                                                  Farming with Native Plants                  Apr. 15
                      Ages 8-Adult                                Come join us as we identify native          Farm Discovery at Live Earth,
                      Sunday | 9 am-12 pm                         plants that call the farm home. Learn       Watsonville
                      Jun. 18                                                                                 Optional picnic lunch opportunity from
                                                                  the benefits of native plants for           12 pm-1 pm.
                      Creekside Terrace Trail Head, Ft. Ord       the environment and farming. We’ll
                      National Monument                           discuss ways our communities have
                      Elevation change: 200-300 ft.
                      Distance: Approx. 3 miles.                  used native plants for hundreds of
                                                                  years. Instructor: Farm Discovery Staff.
                                                                   All Ages
                                                                   Saturday | 10 am-12 pm
                                                                   Apr. 22
                     Family Geology Hike                           Farm Discovery at Live Earth,
                     Join expert naturalists from the PG           Watsonville
                                                                   Optional picnic lunch opportunity from
                     Museum for an informative hike for            12 pm-1 pm.
                     the whole family! Nature-lovers of all
                     ages will learn new things about the
                     geology of Monterey County, while
                     also practicing trail skills and getting
                     some exercise! Bring a nature journal,
                     camera, or binoculars and dig in.
                     Instructor: PG Museum Staff.
                      All Ages
                      Saturday | 10 am-12 pm
                      Aug. 19
                      Coastal Location
                      Elevation change: 10-30 ft.
                      Distance: Approx. 1.5 miles.

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Out of this

                                                                                                                         Out of this World! Stargazing
Children MUST be registered and be accompanied by a registered adult.

Discover San Jose Creek,                  Moon Movement &
Ishxenta State Park                       Mysteries                                Stargazing
Crisscross this vibrant coastal stream    Enjoy family-oriented activities with
over a series of wooden bridges on this   a local astronomer that bring light      Programs presented in cooperation
out and back interpretive adventure.      to how we see and understand the         with the Santa Cruz Astronomy
Immerse yourself in diverse plant         moon. We will explore the moon and       Club and the Monterey Institute for
life, including iconic coast redwoods;    its motion across the sky through        Research in Astronomy (MIRA) Club.
wonder at the curious clues of animal     stories, drawings, and movement. We
life; experience the remarkable           will also enjoy a view of the daytime
geology within this truly unique          moon through a telescope. Instructor:
California ecosystem. Instructor: CA      Jean Perkins, Astronomer.
State Parks Staff.                         All Ages
 Ages 10-Adult                             Sunday | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
 Saturday | 9:30 am-12:30 pm               May 28; Jun. 25
 Apr. 15; May 20; Jun. 24; Jul. 15;        Garland Park Visitor Center
 Aug. 19; Sep. 16
 Palo Corona Flag Pole                                                             Star Party
 Elevation: Approx. 80 ft.                                                         Look up at the night sky and revel
 Distance: Approx. 3 miles.
                                                                                   in its vast and seemingly endless
                                                                                   mysteries. Come and join us as
                                          Baby on the Way?                         amateur astronomers share their
                                          Let’s Go Hike Today                      knowledge of the cosmos. Observe
                                          Hit the trail with other parents-to-be   details on the moon and faint
Rocky Shore Science                       and their families. Build community      objects such as galaxies and star
                                          with nature-minded families, discuss     clusters.
Be a marine ecologist! In this
                                          what you need in your MPRPD parks,
workshop, you will get an introduction
                                          and get your body moving. Instructor:     All Ages
to the animals of the rocky shore and
                                          Savannah Peña, MPRPD Program              15 minutes prior to sunset
to the tools and techniques scientists
                                          Coordinator.                              Mar. 24 | Moon, planets and deep
use to study them. Then you will have
a chance to put your knowledge to          All Ages                                 sky objects
work on identifying key intertidal         Friday | 4 pm-5:30 pm                    May 20 | Aquarid meteor shower
species of Monterey Bay. Instructor:       Mar. 31                                  Aug. 13 | Perseid meteor shower
PG Museum Staff.                           Palo Corona Flag Pole                    Garland Park Visitor Center
                                           Elevation change: Approx. 80 ft.
 Ages 8-Adult                              Distance: Approx. 2 miles.
 Saturday | 1 pm-2 pm
 Apr. 15
 Coastal location, Pacific Grove

                                                                                      Portable chair, warm
                                                                                        clothing, and hot
                                                                                       drinks encouraged.
                                                                                        Rain, fog, or cloud cover
                                                                                             cancels event.
                                                                                        For up-to-date weather
                                                                                     conditions, call 831-659-6065
                                                                                      within an hour of program.
                                            Registration                              Bring a flashlight (red lens).
                                                                                     Minors must be accompanied
                                                Scan here                                    by an adult.
                                                to register
                                                                                     Only service dogs permitted.
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Community Happenings
Community Happenings

                       BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT                   BIG SUR LAND TRUST                         BLUE ZONES PROJECT
                                                                                                              MONTEREY COUNTY
                       EcoCrew Events                              Get Out on the
                       The EcoCrew invites you to participate      Lands You Love!                            Get Involved!
                       in workshops, webinars, tours, and          Join Big Sur Land Trust out on             The Blue Zones Project is a
                       planting events.                            conserved lands throughout Monterey        geographically based, community-by-
                                                                   County! Choose from trail running          community comprehensive approach
                        All Ages
                                                                   and hiking opportunities on lands not      to well-being that drives measurable
                        Various Locations at Fort Ord
                                                                   usually open to the public, docent-led     improvement in key metrics. Our
                        National Monument (FONM)
                                                                   hikes, project tours, and self-guided      goal is to help people improve their
                        Volunteer                                  hikes through a variety of beautiful       overall well-being by providing the
                        Oak Woodland Restoration                   ecosystems. There’s something for          tools to create sustainable lifestyles;
                        Mar. 17 | 10 am-1 pm                       every age and fitness level.               through participating in interactive,
                                                                                                              educational, and fun activities for
                        Goat Grazing and Grassland                  Ages Vary by Activity                     everyone!
                                                                    Race for Open Space                        All Ages | Times Vary
                        Apr. 14 | 9 am-12 pm
                                                                    Daily | April 2023                         Monterey County
                        Habitat Restoration                                                                    FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
                                                                    Carmel River F.R.E.E. Project Tours
                        Apr. 18 | 12:30 pm-3:30 pm                                                             VISIT: montereycounty.bluezonesproject.
                                                                    Palo Corona Regional Park                  com/get-involved/
                        Rare Plants and Vernal Pools                Check website for dates                    CALL: 831-800-7355
                        May 4 | 9 am-12 pm                          FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

                        Monarchs and Milkweed!
                                                                    VISIT:                ELKHORN SLOUGH RESERVE
                        Aug. 5 | 9 am-12 pm                                                                   Tours and Volunteer
                        Learn                                      VENTANA WILDLIFE SOCIETY                   Opportunities
                        Webinar - Oak Woodlands                                                               Join us for a variety of tours and
                        and Grasslands of FONM
                                                                   Condor Zoom Chats                          opportunities each month! Discover
                        May 11 | 9:30 am-11 am                     Tune in for real-time answers to           the “ins and outs” of native plant
                        Online                                     your burning condor questions as Sr.       landscaping at our Garden Day
                                                                   Wildlife Biologist, Joe Burnett, and the   volunteer events, take a sensory
                        FOR MORE INFORMATION                       Ventana Wildlife Society Condor Crew,      exploration along the trails, or learn
                        CALL: 831-277-7690
                                                                   take you through the latest updates on     about the history, research, and new
                        OFFICE: 940 2nd Ave, Marina                the central California condor flock.       restoration of California’s second
                                                                    All Ages                                  largest estuary.
                                                                    Last Thursday of month | 4 pm              Ages Vary by Event
                       CARMEL RIVER WATERSHED                                                                  Elkhorn Slough Reserve,
                       CONSERVANCY                                 Discovery Center                            Watsonville
                       Watershed Educational Tour                  Home to the condor exhibit —
                                                                                                               Garden Days
                                                                   Bringing the Condors Home — learn
                       The Carmel River Watershed                                                              2nd Saturdays | 10 am-12 pm
                                                                   about condors and the efforts to
                       Conservancy will lead small groups
                                                                   recover the birds to the wild. Spend        Mindfulness Tour
                       on a driving tour of key sites within
                                                                   time in beautiful Big Sur and go on         4th Saturdays | 2 pm-4 pm
                       the watershed, such as the Los
                                                                   breathtaking hikes with views of the
                       Padres Reservoir and the former San                                                     Weekend Tour
                                                                   mountains and ocean. We offer free
                       Clemente Dam, while explaining the                                                      Saturdays & Sundays | 10 am & 11 am
                                                                   presentations upon request during
                       rich history and ecology of the area.
                                                                   normal operating hours.
                       This program is approximately four                                                      Early Bird Tour
                       hours and available upon request             All Ages                                   1st Saturdays | 8:30 am-11:30 am
                       throughout the year.                         Saturdays & Sundays | 10 am-4 pm
                                                                                                               FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
                        FOR MORE INFO & TO REQUEST A TOUR
                                                                    May 27-Sep. 3                              VISIT:
                        VISIT:             FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION        EMAIL:
                        EMAIL:                                                        CALL: 831-728-2822
                                                                                                               All tours are filled on a first-come, first-
                                                                                                               served basis - drop-ins are welcome!
10                     MPRPD Activities Spring/Summer 2023
Free Events & Programs Offered by Community Organizations

                                                                                                                                Community Happenings
                                                                                      (FORMERLY RETURN OF THE NATIVES)
Oak Woodland and                            Volunteer Opportunities
Community Garden                            Farm Discovery hosts a variety of         Docents of Native Species
Plant native species, harvest and           volunteer opportunities, like assisting   Assist in a native plant greenhouse
plant community garden beds, spread         with field trips, caring for the garden   and garden. Help sow seeds,
mulch, water plants, and remove             or animals, and working on the farm.      transplant, weed, water, and care
European grasses from this oak              Visitors can expect to be educated        for native plants grown for habitat
woodland and community garden               through farm immersion, field trips,      restoration.
project.                                    farm walks, and animal care. We            All Ages
                                            cultivate relationships to nature and      Tuesdays | 10:30 am-12:30 pm
 All Ages
                                            our food system and incorporate            Watershed Institute, CSU
 Saturdays | 9 am-1 pm
                                            environmental stewardship and              Monterey Bay
 Marina Library-Oak Woodland
 Community Garden, Marina
                                             FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION      Community Stewardship
 EMAIL:                 VISIT:                 Events
 CALL: 831-277-7690                          EMAIL:
 No registration needed.                     CALL: 831-728-2032                       In partnership with community
                                                                                      organizations on the Peninsula and
Broom Bash*                                 FRIENDS OF SEASIDE PARKS
                                                                                      Salinas, join HSP and help plant native
Help preserve Fort Ord’s biodiversity                                                 species, weed, pick up trash that would
and habitat! Join other weed warriors       Pollinator Garden Park                    go to the ocean, and restore native
                                                                                      habitat in your local parks and open
to uproot French broom, a noxious           Clean-up
invasive weed. A brief on-line                                                        spaces.
                                            Join us each Saturday as we beautify
Munitions Safety Training must be           and create habitat in Seaside parks!       All Ages
taken at least 5 days before each           Help plant native plants and trees,
event.                                                                                 CSUMB Earth Day Stewardship
                                            remove weeds, prune, and water while       2:30 pm-4:30 pm
 Ages 13-Adult                              learning about how drought-resistant       Apr. 20
 May 28; Jun. 25; Jul. 23; Aug. 27;         and pollinator-friendly gardening          Saturday | 10 am-1 pm
 Sep. 24 | 9 am-12 pm                       benefits bees, birds, butterflies, and     Marina Dunes Preserve, Marina
 13630 Sherman Blvd., Marina                people. Workdays rotate each week          Sep. 9
                                            through eleven different parks.            Carr Lake, Salinas
 VISIT:       All Ages                                  Mar. 25, Apr. 8
 marina-home/                                Saturdays | 10 am-12 pm                   Creeks of Salinas
 *Registration required.
                                             Locations vary, Seaside                   Apr. 1, Apr. 15, 22; May 8, 13;
 FOLLOW:                                               Jun. 17; Jul. 15; Aug. 26; Sep. 16
                                             FOR MORE INFORMATION
                                             VISIT:     FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
                                             seaside-home                              VISIT:
                                             EMAIL:             EMAIL:

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Community Happenings
Community Happenings

                       MEARTH                                   PACIFIC GROVE MUSEUM                       SIERRA CLUB
                                                                OF NATURAL HISTORY
                       Community Events                                                                    Using POLES for Hiking,
                       Join MEarth at the Hilton Bialek         Inspiring Discovery, Wonder,               Walking/Exercise
                       Habitat this year! Celebrate Earth Day   and Stewardship                            Expert Training: Learn strategies to
                       at a festival-style event focused on     The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural        enhance your outdoor experiences.
                       sustainable living and becoming better   History has a spring and summer full of    Improve confidence and performance
                       environmental stewards, or check         fun and excitement for all ages. Enjoy     on varied terrain. Uphill: Improve
                       out the Glass Pumpkin Patch event        family days, scientific talks, community   power, endurance, posture, upper
                       with music, food, a kids zone, and an    science projects, day camps, and the       body strength, spine function.
                       opportunity to support local art and     incredible new exhibit “Wonder.”           Downhill: Develop skills for feeling
                       MEarth education programs.               Museum admission for Monterey              safer and preserving joints – save
                        All Ages                                County residents is always free!           your knees! Easy practice hike. Quality
                        MEarth, Carmel                           All Ages                                  POLES provided (learn about pole
                                                                 PG Museum of Natural History              fitting).
                        MEarth Day Festival                                                                 Ages 18+
                        Saturday, Apr. 29 | 10 am-4 pm           First Fridays: Museum Exploration          Saturday | 9:30 am-1:30 pm
                                                                 1st Friday | 6 pm-9 pm                     Aug. 19
                        Glass Pumpkin Patch                                                                 Palo Corona Flag Pole
                        TBA September                            Garden Work Bee: Gardening
                                                                 1st Saturday | 10 am-12 pm                 FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
                        FOLLOW: @mearthcarmel
                                                                 Science Saturdays:                         Military-Outdoors
                                                                 Educational Activities                     Registration required.
                        CALL: 831-624-1032                       4th Saturday | 10 am-3 pm
                                                                                                           SPARK IN NATURE
                                                                 Amazing Animal Families | Feb. 25
                       MONTEREY AUDUBON SOCIETY
                                                                 Sneaky Natural Tricksters | Mar. 29       Online Nature Journaling
                       Monthly Bird Watching                     Fossil Festival | Apr. 29                 with Melinda
                       Field Trips                               Native Plant Party | May 27               Nature journaling is about exploring
                       Join free monthly birding field trips                                               nature, then documenting your
                                                                 Nature Exchange
                       at various locations in the Monterey                                                experience in a journal with sketches
                                                                 Fridays - Sundays | 10 am-12 pm;
                       region. Learn how to use binoculars                                                 and words. Melinda will teach
                                                                 1 pm-3 pm
                       (provided) and spot birds on a                                                      strategies to help you to see more
                       Beginning Birding tour at Asilomar.       FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION       in nature, simplify the process of
                       Explore various ADA accessible            VISIT:                       recording, deepen your ability to
                                                                 EMAIL:             observe, and find wonder and joy in
                       parks and trails while observing bird     CALL: 831-648-5716
                       behavior and song with fellow birders                                               the world around you.
                       on an Accessible Birding tour.                                                       Ages 10-Adult
                        All Ages                                                                            3rd Sunday of month
                        Dates, Times, and Locations Vary                                                    9:30 am-11:30 am
                        VISIT:                                                  FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
                        CALL: 208-520-8794                                                                  VISIT:

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Camps & Programs

                                                                                                                              Camps & Programs
MEARTH                                    PACIFIC GROVE                              VENTANA WILDLIFE SOCIETY
                                          MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Community Workshops                                                                  Summer Programs
Check our website for more
                                          Summer Camps                               Meaningful experiences in nature
information on upcoming community         Discover a world of wonder this            inspire passion for stewardship of the
workshops! Scholarships available.        summer with the Pacific Grove              planet. Whether it’s journaling in the
                                          Museum of Natural History’s Summer         shade of a giant redwood, exploring
 All Ages                                 Camps! Campers will get the chance         tide pools, or having a condor soar
 Make a Gift for Mom                      to roar into the ancient world with        so close overhead the rustle of its
 May 13 | 10 am-12 pm                     dinosaurs and archeology, explore the      feathers can be heard, Ventana
 Make Your Own Pizza Night                science of galaxies, stars, and planets,   Wildlife Society programs generate
 Jun. 23 | 4:30 pm-6:30 pm                uncover the secrets of the museum’s        memories that will last a lifetime.
                                          collections, and enjoy time in the
 FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION                                                  Cost: $40-$365/child
 VISIT:                 museum and outdoors.
                                                                                      Scholarships available.
 community-connections/                   Museum naturalists are ready with a
 EMAIL:                                                         Wee Ones in the Woods
 Call: 831-624-1032
                                          host of experiments, crafts, games,
                                          and activities, and campers will have       Ages 4-7
                                          an amazing time making new friends          Weekdays | 8:30 am-11:30 am;
                                          and learning all sorts of incredible        12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Summer Camps                                                                          Jun. 12-16; Jul. 17-21
                                          things about the natural world.
At MEarth your camper can become a
junior environmental steward! We are       Incoming Grades 3-5                        Natural Science Discovery Camp
stewards by taking care of our garden      Monday-Friday l 9 am-3 pm                  Ages 8-12
using organic methods, cooking fresh       Cost: Members: $365                        Weekdays | 8 am-4 pm*
foods, discovering our natural history,    Non-Members $400                           Jun. 12-16; Jul. 17-21
exploring the habitat, and crafting
things from the land we protect!           Paleontology & Archeology                  Single-day Adventures
                                           Jun. 12-16                                 Ages 8-12
Cost: $400-450 per child. Early            Discover Community Science                 Weekdays | 8:30 am-4:30 pm
registration discount available!           Jun. 26-30                                 Jul. 5, 6, 7
 Microgreens Cooking Camp                  Wonders of the Museum | Jul. 10-14
 Ages 6-8                                  All the Ologies | Jul. 24-28               Outdoor Leadership Training
 Jun. 26-Jun. 30                                                                      Ages 13-16
                                           Incoming Grades K-2                        Weekdays | 8 am-4 pm*
 Green Tweens Cooking Camp                 Monday-Friday l 9am-12pm                   Jun. 12-16; Jul. 17-21
 Ages 9-11                                 Optional “Lunch Bunch” 12 pm-1 pm          FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
 Jul. 10-Jul. 14                           Cost: Members: $255                        VISIT:
                                           Non‑members $280                           EMAIL:
 Microgreens EcoExplorer Camp              “Lunch Bunch” Aftercare: $50/week          CALL: 831-215-6010
 Ages 6-8                                                                             *Thursday overnight campout,
                                                                                      pick up Friday 12 pm
 July 17-21                                Discover Dinos | Jun. 12-16
                                           Amazing Animals | Jun. 19-23
 Green Tweens EcoExplorer Camp             Backyard Science | Jun. 26-30
 Ages 9-11                                 Junior Curator Camp | Jul. 10-14
 Jul. 24-Jul. 28                           Outer Space Explorers | Jul. 17-21
                                           Be a Scientist | Jul. 24-28
 Green Teens Choose-Your-Own-
 Adventure Camp                            FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
 Ages 11-13                                VISIT:
 Jul. 31-Aug. 4

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MPRPD Park Map
MPRPD Park Map

                                      Parks and properties owned and managed                                                                                                                                                                                                                     N
                                      by the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District                                                                                                                MARINA                                                              Map not to scale.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         For a complete map
                 Let’s Go Outdoors! is published by the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park
                 District (MPRPD) © 2023 MPRPD. All rights reserved.                                                                                                                                                                                                      of MPRPD parks,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Reservation Road
                 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

                 WARD 1 Kelly Sorenson
                                                                                                                                                                          SAND CITY
                                                                  PACIFIC GROVE
                 Marina, northern Ft. Ord
                 WARD 2 Shane Anderson
                 Seaside, northern Sand City,                                                                                                                                                     SEASIDE
                 southern Ft. Ord

                 WARD 3 Kevin Raskoff                                                         MONTEREY
                 Monterey, southwest Seaside,
                 southern Sand City, Del Rey Oaks             PEBBLE BEACH                                                                     DEL REY                                                                                                       Highway 68
                 WARD 4 Kathleen Lee (President)                                                                                                OAKS
                 Pacific Grove, New Monterey,
                 northern Pebble Beach                                                          Carmel Valley Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Laureles Grade
                 WARD 5 Monta Potter                                                                   
                 Carmel, Carmel Valley, Big Sur,
                 southern Pebble Beach                                                  
                 Board meetings are typically held
                 the first Wednesday of each month.                                                       CARMEL VALLEY                                                                                                                                                                                                District Boundary
                 Check for more information.                 Highway 1                                                                                                                                                                           Carmel Valley
                 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Village
                 COMMUNITY OUTREACH (EECO) TEAM                                                                                                                                                                               
                 Jackie Nelson | Environmental Education Supervisor
                                                                 BIG SUR
                 Debbie Wyatt | Environmental Education
                 Savannah Peña | Environmental Education
                 Coordinator-Programs                                                                                                                                                                                                  Carmel River
                 Claire Ackland | Environmental Education Specialist
                 Jonathan David | Environmental Education Specialist                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cachagua
                 Rafael Payan, PhD | General Manager                                                Palo Colorado Road

                 A special thanks to the MPRPD Volunteers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Volunteer-led Activities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Scenic/Env. Resources

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Accessibility Trail Info
                                                                                                                                                                          Children’s Play Areas

                     * Management Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Historic Resources

                     ** Access Permit Required
                                                                                                    Equestrian Trails

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Meeting Room
                                                                                                                                         Coastal Access

                     † Temporarily Closed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Visitor Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dogs Allowed
                                                                                                                        Bicycle Trails

                                                                                                                                                          Sports Fields
                                                                                    Hiking Trails

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Picnic Areas


                           MPRPD Parks and Preserves
                          Cachagua Community Park*                                                                                                        ✔               ✔                                                 ✔              ✔                ✔             ✔                       ✔                                     ✔
                          de Dampierre Park (unit of Garland Park)*                 ✔                                   ✔                                 ✔                                       ✔                         ✔              ✔                              ✔                                                                             ✔
                          Eolian Dunes Preserve                                     ✔                                                    ✔                                                                                                                                ✔                       ✔
                          Frog Pond Wetland Preserve                                ✔                                                                                                             ✔                         ✔              ✔                              ✔                       ✔
                          Garland Ranch Regional Park (Garland Park)                ✔               ✔                   ✔                                                                         ✔                         ✔              ✔                ✔             ✔                       ✔                    ✔                                ✔
                          Kahn Ranch (unit of Garland Park)**                       ✔               ✔                   ✔                                                                         ✔                                        ✔                              ✔                       ✔
                          Locke-Paddon Wetland Community Park*                      ✔                                                                                     ✔                       ✔                         ✔              ✔                ✔             ✔
                          Marina Dunes Preserve                                     ✔                                                    ✔                                                        ✔                                        ✔                              ✔
                          Mill Creek Redwood Preserve †                             ✔                                                                                                    TEMPORARILY
                                                                                                                                                                                             ✔        CLOSED                                                               ✔                       ✔
                          Palo Corona Regional Park (Front Ranch)                   ✔                                                                                                             ✔                         ✔                               ✔             ✔                       ✔                                                     ✔
                      Rancho Cañada (unit of Palo Corona Regional Park)             ✔                                                                                                             ✔                         ✔              ✔                ✔             ✔                       ✔                    ✔                ✔               ✔

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Adventure Planner

                                                                                                                                 Adventure Planner
MARCH 2023                                            PAGE   24     Wed      Tai Chi for Energy I                           7
24      Fri     Star Party                                9   26     Fri      Qi Gong                                        7
26      Sun     California Wildlife Day                   5   28     Sun      Moon Movement & Mysteries                      9
29      Wed     Awe Walk                                  7   30     Tue      Mindful Walking & Meditation                   7
31      Fri     Baby on the Way? Let’s Go Hike Today      9   31     Wed      Tai Chi for Energy I                           7
APRIL 2023                                            PAGE   JUNE 2023                                                  PAGE
1       Sat     How to Become a Field Naturalist          6   3      Sat      Evening Blooms and Plants                      5
2       Sun     Discover Kahn Ranch                       4   3      Sat      How to Become a Field Naturalist               6
5       Wed     Slow Flow Yoga in Nature                  7   4      Sun      Terraces, Redwoods, and Creeks, Oh My          4
8       Sat     Arduous Wildflower Adventure              5   10     Sat      24 Annual Summer Wildflower Show
8       Sat     Bird Walks                                4   11     Sun      24 th Annual Summer Wildflower Show            3
8       Sat     Nature Night Hike                         4   17     Sat      Whisler Overlook to the Redwoods               4
11      Tue     Mindful Walking & Meditation              7   18     Sun      Herps of Fort Ord                              8
12      Wed     Awe Walk                                  7                   Discover San Jose Creek,
                                                              24     Sat                                                     9
                                                                              Ishxenta State Park
12      Wed     Slow Flow Yoga in Nature                  7
                                                              25     Sun      Moon Movement & Mysteries                      9
12      Wed     Tai Chi for Energy I                      7
                                                              JULY 2023                                                  PAGE
15      Sat     Earth Day Locke-Paddon                    5
                                                              1      Sat      How to Become a Field Naturalist               6
                Discover San Jose Creek,
15      Sat                                               9
                Ishxenta State Park                           2      Sun      Terraces, Redwoods, and Creeks, Oh My          4
15      Sat     Farm Discovery: Spring Harvest            8   8      Sat      Bird Walks                                     4
15      Sat     Rocky Shore Science                       9   8      Sat      Nature Night Hike                              4
19      Wed     Slow Flow Yoga in Nature                  7   14     Fri      Raptor Encounter                               6
                Farm Discovery: Farming with                  15     Sat      Bird Walks                                     4
22      Sat                                               8
                Native Plants
                                                                              Discover San Jose Creek,
                                                              15     Sat                                                     9
22      Sat     Painting Nature in Nature                 6                   Ishxenta State Park
22      Sat     Wildflower Wonder: Journaling Nature      6   15     Sat      Medicinal Plant Tour                           5
26      Wed     Tai Chi for Energy I                      7   29     Sat      Nature Immersion                               7
29      Sat     Painting Nature in Nature                 6   AUGUST 2023                                                PAGE
MAY 2023                                              PAGE   12     Sat      Bird Walks                                     4
3       Wed     Tai Chi for Energy I                      7   12     Sat      Flint Knapping-Making Stone Tools              6
4       Thu     San Jose Creek Loop                       4   12     Sat      Nature Night Hike                              4
5       Fri     Qi Gong                                   7   13     Sun      Star Party                                     9
6       Sat     Bird Walks                                4   19     Sat      Using POLES for Hiking, Walking, Exercise     12
6       Sat     How to Become a Field Naturalist          6                   Discover San Jose Creek,
                                                              19     Sat                                                     9
                                                                              Ishxenta State Park
6       Sat     Nature Night Hike                         4
                                                              19     Sat      Family Geology Hike                            8
6       Sat     Whisler Overlook to the Redwoods          4
                                                              19     Sat      Farm Discovery: Family Farm Field Trips        8
12      Fri     Qi Gong                                   7
                                                              27     Sun      Exploring Nature with Children                 8
12      Fri     Raptor Encounter                          6
                                                              SEPTEMBER 2023                                             PAGE
13      Sat     Bird Walks                                4
                                                              2      Sat      Flint Knapping-Making Stone Tools              6
13      Sat     Medicinal Plant Tour                      5
                                                              9      Sat      Medicinal Plant Tour                           5
14      Sun     Exploring Nature with Children            8
                                                              16     Sat      Bird Walks                                     4
17      Wed     Awe Walk                                  7
                                                                              Discover San Jose Creek,
17      Wed     Tai Chi for Energy I                      7   16     Sat                                                     9
                                                                              Ishxenta State Park
19      Fri     Qi Gong                                   7   16     Sat      Farm Discovery: Family Farm Field Trips        8
                Discover San Jose Creek,
20      Sat                                               9
                Ishxenta State Park
20      Sat     Star Party                                9

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                                                                                The MPRPD MISSION:
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                             Activity                Advised                    To acquire and maintain open space in the District for preservation
                                                                                and use, working with partners and the community, for public benefit,
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Community ALIVE!
Act Locally In Volunteer Efforts
Join our team!                                               We need your help and so do our parks!
Volunteers help preserve, protect,                           • Volunteer as a: outdoor program assistant, hike leader, special
educate, and inspire!                                             events & outreach, school program leader, trail and visitor center
                                                                  guide, gardener, trail monitor, fuel management.
Whether you’re a student, recent                             • Learn more and apply to become a volunteer.
graduate, a retiree, or simply looking                            VISIT:
for a change of scenery, the Monterey                             CONTACT: | 831-372-3196, ext. 113
Peninsula Regional Park District
                                                             • As a volunteer, you’ll get the training and tools you need to help
provides meaningful volunteer
                                                                  us create fun, accessible, parks and open spaces for all to enjoy.
opportunities. Ages 18+.

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