+/-4 miles DIFFICULTY: Easy, but long walks with little shade
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to some Advanced
COST: $4 per adult, $3 for kids under 13
Santa Rosa Plateau is part of the Riverside County parks as a publicly accessible Ecological Reserve that protects over 9,000 acres of grassland and native prairie, oak woodland, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and of course the famous and unique basalt flow vernal pools. The Reserve was established as a wildlife refuge and historical timepiece, as the abodes we'll see are the earliest known European structures in Riverside County. The Reserve is managed now by a number of Rangers and biologists - some of whom we might meet at the Visitors Center at the start of the field trip. The Visitors Center has books, art, restrooms, a wonderful garden and possibly an outdoor exhibition on Sundays. For this trip, we'll not be able to get a guided tour, but with some luck, the weather should make up for it.
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