Nature p.L.A.y. Events
We are smack dab in the middle of fall ladies and gentlemen, tots and teens! It’s time to celebrate the harvest and head out on the trails before the cold winter weather keeps us all indoors… Oh… wait… this is L.A. I’m writing about. Well, it’s time to head outdoors (as always) and see what Los Angeles nature has to offer this time of year. I can tell you it could come in the form of bugs and birds, acorns and kitchen scraps. See for yourself:
On Saturday 11/14 and Sunday 11/15 celebrate this little oak tree nut and the Fall harvest at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens‘ Acorn Festival from 10 am – 4pm. Tongva, Chumash, Cahuilla and other native people will share their dances, storytelling and culture. Activities, crafts and a marketplace add to this very special family event. Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended: 909-625-8767, Ext. 224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Members free. Adult: $8/person. Student/Senior: $6/person. Child (3-12 yrs.): $4/each.
On Saturday 11/21 head on over to Sooky Goldman Nature Center for Bugs and Their Adventures. Follow an entomologists’ lead as you seek, observe, and get to know the local bugs that roam Franklin Canyon. From 10 am – 1pm. FREE
And if your child’s bug fascination is not satiated with this excursion you can always head to the Invertebrate Exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Or head out on one of the many local trails (see our list of parks in the column on the right) in search of the vertebrate-less creatures that make up 97% of the species out there!
THE BIRD IS THE WORD!
Maybe you’ve got an avid aviary fan on your hands. Well, Debs Park and Audubon Center in Notheastern L.A. is a great place to have fun while learning all about birds! You can take your child to their beautiful nature center which sits on over 300 acres of oak woodland and catch sight of one of the over 150 species of birds found at the park. Or you can take part in one of their on-going nature events. They offer programs in both English and Spanish. Most events are FREE.
ABC recently visited this special place. Here is the footage of their segment on Deb’s:
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WE EAT NATURE TOO!
Perhaps you have a plot of dirt that you want your kids to turn into a vegetable garden! Or perhaps you have always wanted to start or join a community garden. Well, one of the first steps is teaching yourself and your children some important lessons in gardening. Here are two opportunities to do so:
On Saturday 11/14 Vista Hermosa Park, located just outside of Downtown L.A., is hosting a workshop for children in both Spanish and English on How to Create a Beautiful Garden Using Kitchen Scraps from 3:30 – 5:30pm. You’ll learn about how to use worms and food scraps to create a luscious, scrumptious garden. Meet in the Grotto Amphitheater. FREE
The Conejo Valley Botanic Garden has plenty of gardening games, lessons, and activities for your child every Sunday from 11am-3pm in their Kid’s Adventure Garden that will turn your little one’s thumb as green as a leprechaun’s.
-Ilana Gustafson Turner