Archive | February, 2013

Family Nature Hikes to kick off in Oak Park

Monthly Nature Hikes offered by Oak Park Neighborhood for Learning will be led by the Havasi Wilderness Foundation

Family Nature Hikes

We are excited to announce that we have begun a collaboration with the Oak Park Neighborhood for Learning, part of the First 5 Ventura County, and will begin leading monthly nature hikes for families.  These hikes will cater to children of preschool age, but welcome children of all ages and encourage full family participation.  The natural Chaparral ecosystem that abuts the park will be the focus of these hikes, as we look for the myriad animals that call this fascinating place their home.  In addition, we will visit the duck pond, which hosts a variety of waterfowl, some visiting for the winter.

Hikes will be about 45 minutes to an hour in duration, and suitable for beginners and young children.

The first hike is scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at 8:00am at the Oak Park Community Center and Duck Pond, 1000 N. Kanan Rd.  Meet us at the picnic tables at the south end of the Kanan Road parking lot.  Please come dressed appropriately.  Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt are encouraged, as are hats and suitable walking shoes.  Remember to bring a water bottle!

We look forward to seeing you there.  For more information or if you have any questions, please call (818) 707-7742, or conact us.

 

Family Nature Hikes in Oak Park

 

Erosion Issues

Southern California is world-renowned for its picturesque beaches, drawing in thousands from nearby and afar year after year.  Since the middle of the century, southern California beaches have been associated with a leisurely and glamorous lifestyle, and marketed as an ideal vacation destination.  If you live in California, chances are you have visited one of its beaches within the last year.  In many places, the coastline is dotted with expensive real estate, hotels, and restaurants.  Yet, in many of these places, the cliffs that these structures reside on, are crumbling into the sea.  Coastal erosion is the force driving the gradual breaking away of these cliffs.

Erosion is a natural process that shapes the world we live in.  It can create the foundation for our many environments, and change environments over time.  Erosion is best defined as the process by which soil and rock are removed from one place on the Earth’s surface and transported and deposited elsewhere.  The main drivers of erosion are wind, water, and ice.  That being said, however, human activities can increase the rate and severity of erosion, which can contribute to a host of environmental and economic problems.

Let’s take a look at some of the natural erosive forces:

Water: erosion by water results from rainfall, the currents of streams and rivers, the force of waves, and ocean currents.

Erosion caused by water

Erosion caused by water

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