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Volume 4, Issue 76  |  September 20, 2019


Let’s Get Outside...places to explore

Community Days, Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come explore parts of the Back Bay Science Center and participate in fun hands-on activities to learn more about the ocean. 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

Buck Gully stream

Courtesy of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Dept.

 

Marine Protected Area Hikes – Join the Natural Resources Staff on a guided, informational 2.6-mile hike through Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area. Hikes meet at Little Corona Lifeguard Tower #7 and is open to ages 13 years and above. Free.

Hike Dates & Times:

–Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1-3 p.m.

–Saturday, Nov. 9 from 12-2 p.m.

–Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration is available online at www.letsgooutside.org.

Buck Gully Hikes

Buck Gully Loop – Come and explore the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8-11:30  a.m. Beginning from the OASIS Senior Center, you’ll hike up through the almost three-mile length of the canyon, then along San Joaquin Hills Road for about a mile, stopping at Canyon Watch Park, where you will take in the panoramic view of the reserve and the Pacific coastline before descending back into the canyon along the Bobcat Trail. Led by an Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteer, this hike is 6 miles; duration, 3.5 hours with high-moderate difficulty, conducted at a walking pace (approximately three miles per hour). It is geared to those 12+ years of age. This hike is free, but registration is required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Bring water, a light trail snack, sturdy closed-toe shoes and supplies to keep you safe during the journey. Sunscreen and a hat are highly recommended. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

Get outside buck gully welcome sign

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Photo by Emily Spain

This sign welcomes you to Buck Gully Reserve

Flora and Fauna of Buck Gully, Bobcat Route/OSIS Shuttle Service – Explore the diversity of native flora and fauna in the Buck Gully Reserve on this interpretive walk offered on Fridays, Oct. 25 an Nov.15 from 9-11 a.m. This will be a slow paced hike, traversing the lower half of Buck Gully. You will be shuttled to Canyon Watch Park from the OASIS Senior Center and hike the park back to OASIS. The route will be mostly downhill with a few short, steep sections. Suggested are sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water and binoculars, if you have them. The OSIS Shuttle Service will transport participants to Canyon Watch Park where you will hike from the park back to the center. Led by an Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteer, this hike is 2 miles; duration, 2 hours with easy difficulty. It is geared to adults. This hike is free, but registration is required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike – Explore the richness of Buck Gully Reserve by taking an evening Buck Gully Upper Loop Hike on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 3:30-6 p.m. The stream is running and the rich plant and animal life are enjoying the cool, shady canyon making for an evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. Walk along San Joaquin Hills Road, which overlooks Buck Gully for the first mile, then drop down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail, looping back through the upper end of the gully along the Buck Gully Trail. This activity is conducted at a walking pace, approximately 3 miles per hour. Led by an Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteer, this hike is open to those 8 years and older. The distance is 4 miles; duration, 2.5 hours with moderate difficulty. This hike is free, but registration is required. Meet at Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Coast. Bring water, a light trail snack, sturdy closed-toe shoes and supplies to keep you safe during the journey. Sunscreen and a hat are highly recommended. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

California Holly & Winter Flora of Buck Gully/OASIS Shuttle Service Route    Led by Irvine Ranch Conservancy Staff. The California holly is special this time of year. On Friday, Dec. 13 from 9 -11 a.m. you will explore the holly and other neighboring flora thriving in Buck Gully during the cooler, wetter wintertime. This is a slow-paced hike on a fairly flat trail which traverses the lower half of Buck Gully. You will be shuttled to Canyon Watch Park from the OASIS Senior Center and hike back to the OASIS Center. The route will be mostly downhill, with a few short, steep sections. Sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water and binoculars are suggested. Distance: 2 miles. Duration: 2 hours. Difficulty: Easy. Meet at Buck Gully - OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Geared to adults. Free. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.


Bridges of Buck Gully Hike
– Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8-11:30 a.m. led by an Irvine Ranch Conservancy Volunteer. Buck Gully is a natural, coastal canyon which opened to the public in 2012 with the installation of four bridges to allow for safe public access. These bridges facilitate exploration of the Buck Gully Reserve, and also provide unique vantages and viewing platforms from which to pause and observe the abundant life in and around the stream that splits the gully. The guided program starts with a short walk from the OASIS Senior Center to the beginning of the Buck Gully Trail, which offers a visually dramatic entrance into this special canyon. Open to 12 years and older. Distance is 5 miles; walking pace is approximately 3 miles per hour. Moderate difficulty. Bring water, a light trail snack and sturdy closed-toe shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Free. Registration required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. www.LetsGoOutside.org

 

Monthly Beach Cleanups

Surfrider Foundation hosts a two-hour beach cleanup at 9 a.m. and a three-hour harbor cleanup at 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. They also partner with OC Public Works to host an annual flood control channel cleanup on Earth Day in April and Coastal Cleanup Day in September. For more information, contact Michelle Giron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beach Cleanups on the first Saturday of the month. Meet on the beach in front of Prospect Street and Ocean Front Boulevard in Newport Beach. They run from 9-11 a.m. There is paid public parking nearby, but there are limited spots.

Boys on beach for Let's Get Outside

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Courtesy of Crystal Cove Conservancy

Harbor Cleanups with volunteers meeting at Southwind Kayak Center at 100 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach. From PCH, turn onto Bayside Drive toward Newport Dunes. www.newportbeach.surfrider.org

Interested in being a Tidepool Volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering as a tidepool docent, visit www.ocmarineprotection.org for the next Orange County docent training dates and times.

Did You Know?

The California Spiny Lobster molts its shell at least once per year whenever it outgrows its old one. This means that they grow throughout their whole lives, with record lobsters being more than 15 pounds!

Courtesy of the Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Dept.

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