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Walks in the Elfin Forest

Third Saturday Walks

December 15, 9:30 a.m. – Estuary / Eelgrass Walk

What is an estuary? Why is the Morro Bay estuary important to the Elfin Forest, and vice versa? A knowledgeable walk leader from the Morro Bay National Estuary Program will explain the importance of this body of water as we walk around the Elfin Forest boardwalk. Carolyn Geraghty, the Estuary Program’s Restoration Projects Manager, will talk about the 48,000-acre watershed that feeds the estuary, threats to estuary health, the state of eelgrass, and the Estuary Program’s conservation work. Plus, participants will learn how they can help to protect this vital natural resource in their everyday lives.

January 19, 9:30 a.m. – Sketch Walk and Native Plants

Join Barbara Renshaw and Jeff Reifel for a stroll along the Elfin Forest boardwalk. Take in views of the Morro Bay estuary, oak groves, expanses of coastal sage scrub and chaparral, and the volcanic Morros beyond. In the Rose Bowker Oak Grove enjoy ancient gnarled Coast live oak trees. Barbara and Jeff will tell you about native plants along the way and choose a few favorite places for sketching. No drawing experience is necessary. Bring a pad of drawing paper, colored pencils or pastels, and some drinking water. Bring a camera too. You’ll be pleased to discover the artist hidden inside of you. Rain will cancel this walk.

When and Where?

Walks in the Elfin Forest begin at times stated above at the north end (1100 block) of 15th Street off Santa Ysabel in Los Osos. Wear comfortable shoes, long sleeves and pants to avoid poison oak and mosquitoes. Park carefully, avoiding driveways and mailboxes, and leave pets at home. The easy paced walks last 1-1/2 to 2 hours. For more information call (805) 528-0392.