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Walks in the Elfin Forest

Third Saturday Walks


August 19, 9:30 a.m. – Reptile Walk

Join Cal Poly biologist and reptile specialist Tony Frazier as he tours the Elfin Forest in search of the Forest’s reptilian residents. We’ll be sure to find some Western Fence Lizards sunning themselves on the boardwalk rails. Most of the Forest’s reptiles and amphibians are hard to find, so Tony will bring reptile skins and perhaps a live critter or two. Learn how these elfin creatures behave, survive, and protect themselves from predators.


September 16, 9:30 a.m. – Tuning in to Nature Writers

Do you enjoy being read to? Here’s an opportunity to stroll around the Elfin Forest boardwalk and hear the thoughts and words of famous natural history writers. Historian Robert Pavlik will share selections from the works of Robinson Jeffers, Wallace Stegner, Rachel Carson, Gary Snyder, and other writers and poets from this and past centuries. Bob will provide you with a delightful menu of descriptions and impressions to enjoy in the Elfin Forest environment. He’ll also bring a handout of his readings for those who want to read further.


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.