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Walks in the Elfin Forest

Third Saturday Walks

April 15, 9:30 a.m – Digital Photography and Native Plants

Join nature and wildlife photographer Donald Quintana on a photographic journey to capture the natural world of the Elfin Forest. Using whatever camera you have at hand, we will explore many photographic opportunities, from birds and butterflies to close ups of plants and flowers, to views of the Forest and bay. Don will discuss the use of light and how to best capture its influence on your subject. He’ll also talk about some of the Elfin Forest’s plant life. All levels of experience and skill are welcome. Pack water and wear layers in case it is windy.

April 29, 9:30 a.m – All About the Estuary

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 Doehring, 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.

May 20, 9:30 a.m – Wildflower Walk

Dirk Walters will take us on a delightful tour of every blooming plant that is visible from the boardwalk in the Elfin Forest. There will be bright yellows of Rush-roses, Deerweed, Golden Yarrow and of course California Poppies. White Popcorn flowers, Pearly everlasting and Yarrow plants are in abundance too, as well as pink Cobwebby Thistles and blue Wild Hyacinths. The Silver Dune Lupines at Bush Lupine Point should be covered with pale blue blossoms, and alive with honeybees and Moro Blue butterflies. Treat yourself to a springtime experience in Nature’s own garden.

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.