DIFFICULTY: EASY to MODERATE LENGTH: 2.5 to 3 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: All Levels
Oak Oasis is a little gem in East County that has scrub oak and manzanita chaparral, inland scrub and grassland, and a long stretch of oak woodland. The trail is a fairly easy loop that overlooks San Vicente Reservoir about halfway into the loop. The Preserve is a quiet place that supports multiple habitat types and hundreds of wildlife species
This trip is focused on bringing educators out into the wild to cover a wide variety of contemporary topics like climate change, regional planning, natural resource management, biological diversity, and fire science. Also, we will have an open discussion and short lectures of natural history, genetic drift, and annual to geological changes. If you are an educator in Southern California, join us for a pleasant walk in an area that is perfect for potential field trips. Tailor your questions to how to relate to your students or audience, or just come along to spectate in fresh air.
From the trailhead at Oak Oasis Rd (Large parking lot with restrooms), we'll be heading though the chaparral and discussing drought specialization and fire adaptations. The Chaparral has rare plants, with Oak Oasis being the central core for CNPS 1B.2 Lakeside ceanothus (Ceanothus cyaneus). Hopefully we'll come across blooming mariposa lilies and other flowers. We'll go over the ranking system for rare plants and animals briefly and reference our wildlife agencies and the laws they must abide by.
Carpool will be not available on this trip unless specifically requested.
This venture is tailored for an outing with the Teach For America Program and East County educators. Ten are signed up through a separate program. Apologies for the small sign up list.
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