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Walks in the Elfin Forest

Third Saturday Walks


June 17, 9:30 a.m. – Summer Solstice Walk

Follow Dr. Jean Wheeler through the Elfin Forest a few days before Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Dr. Wheeler has taught thousands of geography students about the relative wanderings of the sun and earth, and what they mean to us in terms of our climates and the vegetation and animal life around us. Using charts and a globe that doubles as a beachball, she will take us on an imaginary orbit around the sun as we circle the Elfin Forest on the boardwalk, showing how annual changes in sun angle relative to topography impact our plants and the animals that depend on them.


July 15, 9:30 a.m. – Weather and the Elfin Forest

John Lindsey, the PG&E Weather Man based at Diablo Canyon, will give a fascinating walk and talk about weather on the Central Coast. John, an authority on coastal weather, will help us to understand why the geography of San Luis Obispo County plays an important role in where rain falls, and how much or how little. This will be an excellent mini course in meteorology, and will give us an edge in discussing that universal topic – the weather.


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.