Archive for Parks

The Mile Square Park – A Surprise Package in Fountain Valley

Apr 05, 2011 by Sandy Schroeder

At first glance, the Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, looks just like a typical neighborhood park.
However, that perception changes into reality as you explore the park, and discover its long list of unique [...]

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A Guide for California Wildflower Lovers

Apr 04, 2011 by Lisa Newton

Every year, many of California’s State Parks become a land of beauty and wonder.
With over 6,000 native plants and wildflower species, Springtime is the time they bloom in full blown color.
Not sure where to [...]

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The Environmental Nature Center makes Learning a Breeze

Mar 15, 2011 by Sandy Schroeder

It starts the moment you pull into the parking lot and walk into the state of the art Environmental Nature Center Green Building, the first of its kind in Orange County. It’s an 8,500 square [...]

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Fairview Park and Nature Preserve is all about people

Mar 02, 2011 by Sandy Schroeder

We all know which rules to abide by when we go to a wildlife preserve. Usually, that means that picnics, bikes and pets are usually not part of the experience. So we typically share the [...]

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Walking Across the Arroyo Seco

Feb 24, 2011

Yesterday, Travelin’ Local’s story mentioned the walking bridge that connects Sycamore Grove Park with the Ernest E. Debs Regional Park.
Connected by an unassuming bridge, it’s also the gateway to the 282 acres of open [...]

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Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park

Feb 23, 2011

If you ever drive northeast out of downtown Los Angeles via Figueroa Street be sure to stop by Sycamore Grove Park.
Located at 4702 North Figueroa Street, the park is a friendly neighborhood hangout for families [...]

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The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is a respite from City Life for Butterflies, Birds and weary City Dwellers

Feb 13, 2011

The minute I stepped onto the trail at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, a huge jackrabbit bounced right across me. He paused for a moment while waiting under a nearby bush, trying to gauge my [...]

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The Shipley Nature Center is the great “Comeback Kid”

Feb 03, 2011

Over the years the Shipley Nature Center, became a dense tangle of overgrown, exotic and unkempt plants in a dying wilderness.
However, by and because of the local grass roots efforts from many people seeking [...]

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Hiking Marian R. Bear Memorial Park in San Diego

Jan 26, 2011

I tend to be a morning person. So, when I recently visited some friends in San Diego, I found myself the only one awake on that Sunday morning.
I decided that before anyone awoke, that it [...]

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The Los Angeles River and Garden Center is a Hidden Gem

Jan 25, 2011

I’m sure all of you recall the downpours we had last December.
During a break in the rain, it looked like the very nasty weather might be coming to an end:
The dark skies suddenly opened, and [...]

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The Yahoo! Center Park in Santa Monica

Jan 17, 2011

Although I’ve passed by this park many times, I never took notice of all of its features until recently, when I actually decided a few days ago to stop and take a closer look.
From the [...]

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Reflections of El Dorado Nature Center – Families and Squirrels, Ducks and Turtles

Jan 14, 2011

It was a little cool, and a bit overcast, as I stepped out of my car at the El Dorado Nature Center’s parking lot.
But my welcoming committee was ready–right there to greet me was [...]

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Three Parks at the LA River

Jan 10, 2011

Located in the triangle where Interstate 5 meets the 110 freeway, there are three little known parks, all highlighting the wonderful attributes of the Los Angeles River.
It’s all part of a “promising effort,” for [...]

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Culver City’s Lindberg Park and After School Program

Jan 03, 2011

I grew up living across the street from a park, which is probably why I have a particular fondness for them. Every child should have easy access to a playground, basketball court, or in my [...]

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