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Outdoors: Local park calendar

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Note:Wildfire season is here. Fires of any kind are prohibited in wilderness areas. Please report any suspicious activity to park rangers. Sunscreen, sturdy shoes and water are wilderness essentials, along with any medications you require. Wilderness areas may be closed during periods of extreme fire danger. Call (949) 923-2235or visit websites for current conditions.

CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK

Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 N. Coast Hwy, has 3.5 miles of beach and 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodland. $15 day-use parking fee.

The park is open 6 a.m. to sunset daily. Backcountry Hike: 9 a.m. Saturday. Go for a guided three-to-five mile hike in the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park and learn all about the spring wildflowers. El Moro Visitor Center. $15 day-use parking fee.

Sunset Photography Walk: 5 p.m. Sunday. Learn how to take beautiful photos of sunsets and wildflowers. Meet at the Reef Point lot. $15 day-use parking fee.

Tidepool Walk: 11 a.m. Sunday. Enjoy a guided tidepool walk at Pelican Point. Meet at Pelican Point Parking Lot No. 2. $15 day-use parking fee.

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LAGUNA COAST WILDERNESS PARK

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road; reservations and information, (949) 923-2235; www.ocparks.com.

Rangers staff the park daily. Open daily, 7 a.m. to sunset, including holidays. Parking lot hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about volunteering or helping Laguna Canyon Foundation to preserve, protect and enhance the South Coast Wilderness, visit www.lagunacanyon.orgor call (949) 497-8324.

Elder Trek: 9 to 11 a.m. today. Enjoy the outdoors and learn about diverse plant life on this easy, level, two-mile hike with foundation volunteer naturalists. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3. Donation: $2 per person.

Tot Walk: 9 to 10 a.m. today. Bring your wee ones to explore our wild backyard on this easy walk with foundation volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3. Donation: $2.

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Family Arthropod Hunt: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. As the days get longer and warmer, you can find more insects and other arthropods. Join Resource Specialist Laura Cohen on an easy 1.5-mile nature walk searching for insect life. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Program: $4 per person (includes material fee). Parking: $3. Event Fee: $4 per person.

Cultural Resource Hike: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Learn how Native Americans used various plants on this rigorous, two-mile hike (400-foot elevation gain) with foundation volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3. Donation: $2 per person.

Tai Chi for Seniors: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Learn tai chi as you balance your mind and body on a 1.5-mile hike with foundation senior volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3. Donation: $2 per person.

Fitness Hike — James Dilley: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-foot elevation gain) with foundation volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3. Donation: $2 per person.

Yoga for Kids: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Children ages 6 to 10 will explore a fun- filled yoga experience in a wilderness setting with foundation volunteers. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Reservations required, call (949) 923-2235. Parking: $3. Donation: $18 for 6-class series; $3 per child drop in.


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