California State Parks Foundation Calling For Volunteers

cspfThe California State Parks Foundation’s Park Champions Program is seeking volunteers for the Park Champions Program.  The Park Champions Program holds volunteer work days in state parks across California, and was created in response to the unprecedented budget cuts and closures that California State Parks have been facing. The Park Champions program provides consistent, sustainable volunteer support in the areas of park maintenance and beautification.

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Review: Santiago Oaks Regional Park

boltLocated on the very eastern edge of the city of Orange, Santiago Oaks Regional Park runs alongside Santiago Creek, Orange County’s main tributary to the Santa Ana River.

This secluded 1,269 acre park – located close enough to most east Orange neighborhoods to walk to, including Orange Park Acres and Villa Park – offers family-friendly nature well within the reach of everyone. There is a mature forest, Santiago Creek, wildlife, and trails for virtually every level of hiker, mountain biker, and equestrian.

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Accessing Whitney Portal: How To Make it Work in 2016

whitneyroadworkPress Release (USDA) – If you do plan to visit Whitney in the summer of 2016, please pack your patience and carefully plan your trip to avoid the construction delays and the parking problems.

  • Check the construction schedule before you head up to Whitney Portal (Twitter (@mtwhitneyinfo), at the Interagency Visitor Center (760-876-6222), on the web HERE. There may be times when delays and parking are little impacted. There may be periods with 30 minute delays, and two 3-hour delays per day in the peak of construction.
  • Please be prepared that there may not be a parking space available for you.
  • Consider carpooling, being dropped off by friends, or explore local shuttle services.

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Looking for a challenge? How about six of ‘em?

The 2016 Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge has officially kicked off. This is a great program that raises funds for Big City Mountaineers, a non-profit organization that helps to transform the lives of urban youth by offering wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills that last a lifetime.

What are the Six-Pack of Peaks? According to the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge website they’re “epic hikes up a series of increasingly higher and tougher peaks in Southern California.” I’ve done them all – and I’ll do them again this year. I love getting outside, and the chance to participate with other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts while helping a very worthy cause is something i just can’t pass up!

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