It’s Not Too Late To Spot Wildflowers In Southern California

Matilija Poppies.  Late Spring bloomers

Matilija Poppies. Late Spring bloomers


This year was a rough season for wildflowers in Southern California.  Minimal rainfall, warm temperatures at odd times, and even a few early wildfires stunted this year’s wildflower season.  In all but a few places, we did not witness meadows and rolling hills carpeted in periwinkle or orange.  The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve barely experienced a showing, and issued a statement on April 29th stating that the wildflower season had ended early.

Don’t give up hope just yet.  For those of us who are willing to get out there and look for wildflowers, they can be found.  Although California’s main spring bloom may be over, there is a second wave taking place in late spring and into the summer.  Here are some of the species to look for, and where to find them.

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Surprising Facts About Lions

A few common misconceptions about lions clarified, as well as some downright bizarre facts

African lions (Panthero leo) in Tanzania

African lions (Panthero leo) in Tanzania


The African lion: king of the jungle.  This regal animal is a symbol of bravery and strength across many cultures.  Highly iconic, and one of the first animals children learn about, the lion is a common household name.  If only it actually lived in the jungle…

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Next Family Nature Hike – Saturday, May 18th

Join us for our next Parent and Child Nature Hike with Oak Park Neighborhood for Learning on Saturday, May 18th at Oak Canyon Community Park!

Families enjoy a sunny Saturday morning outdoors

Families enjoy a sunny Saturday morning outdoors


Our next family nature hike with Oak Park Neighborhood for Learning is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th at 8:00am at the same location as the last hike (Oak Park Community Center and Duck Pond, 1000 N. Kanan Rd).  The hike is free and geared towards parents with preschool-aged children, though older siblings are welcome as well.  All athletic abilities are welcome, as this will be a leisurely hike on mellow terrain, lasting about an hour. This time we expect to venture a bit further into the park and look for some native Chaparral animals such as Red-tailed Hawks, Western Fence Lizards, and Brush Rabbits, along with the Western Pond Turtles and variety of waterfowl in the duck pond.

Meet us at the picnic tables at the south end of the Kanan Road parking lot.  Please come dressed appropriately.  Long pants and a lightweight long-sleeved shirt are encouraged, as are hats and suitable walking shoes.  Remember to bring a water bottle and sunscreen!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Arbor Earth Day Celebration Promoted Sustainability in a Fun Way

Annual Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day Celebration brought the community together for a fun day of environmental and eco-conscious activities

Arbor Earth Day Celebration at Conejo Creek Park, Thousand Oaks, CA

Arbor Earth Day Celebration at Conejo Creek Park,
Thousand Oaks, CA


This past Saturday we participated in the City of Thousand Oaks’ 16th annual Arbor/Earth Day Celebration at Conejo Creek Park.  This was our second year attending the event.  Just like last year, this year’s event was full of exceptional environmentally-oriented organizations, agencies, and companies from the Conejo Valley and Ventura County.  The celebration, a free community event with activities for all ages, also featured live animal shows, live music, a participatory drum circle, a green car show, a compost workshop, and even a rainforest booth created by the Conejo Recreation and Park District.

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