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November 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- Much is happening in San Diego County parks and recreation centers this November.  There is something for everyone, from crafts to wild life and nature hikes.  Visit for more information regarding the events listed below.

Agua Caliente Regional Park

39555 Great Souther Stage Rte of 1849, Anza Borrego Desert

Craft Time – November 10 - 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Join park staff for craft projects. The program will teach children about nature while creating a fun craft. Open to children of all ages.  Participants should meet at the clubhouse.  Free for campers or a $3 fee for day use visitors.

Nocturnal Desert Adaptations – November 10 – 6 p.m.

Observe the behavior and necessary adaptions of local desert wildlife, including short hikes to visit bat and frog habitats.  Bring flashlights and comfortable shows.  Time and weather permitting.  Free for campers or a $3 fee for day use visitors.

Snakes and Wildlife Presentation – November 24 – 3 p.m.

Learn about snakes and other local wildlife found in San Diego County.  Get an up-close look at non-venomous snakes, including the Rosy Boa, Gopher Snake and the California King Snake. Free for campers or a $3 fee for day use visitors.

El Monte Regional Park

15805 El Monte Rd., Lakeside

Turkey Pine Cone Centerpiece Nature Craft – November 17 – 11 a.m.

Join the Park Ranger in area #2 (east end of the park) to create your own turkey pine cone centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table.  The morning will begin with participants combing the park for pine cones and acorns to make this fun and easy craft.  Craft projects are for children 6 years and older.

Lake Morena

2550 Lake Morena Dr., Campo

Nature Hike – November 17 – 2:30 p.m.

Take a relaxing and easy hike.  During the hike you will learn about native plants in the area, and how the Kumeyaay Indians utilized the natural vegetation in their daily lives.  You will also learn the history of Lake Morena.  The hike last about aan hour.  Call 619-579-4101 in advance to verify the hike start time.

Lakeside Linkage Preserve

NE Corner of Los Coches and Ha-Hana Road, Lakeside

Introduction to Coastal Sage Habitat – November 18 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Join the Ranger for a moderate hike to explore the world’s second most endangered habitat, the Coastal Sage Scrub.  Learn how the Native Americans used the plants, ad look for wildlife that calls this habitat home.  Bring water, wear comfortable hiking shoes and dress according to the weather.  Binoculars are recommended.

Lindo Lake County Park

12660 Lindo Ln., Lakeside

Touch Table – November 18 – 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Join the Ranger at the Touch Table to check out the animal skins, live snakes and other items that you will be able to touch.  This is a great learning opportunity for children and families.  The event is open to all ages and is free.

Santa Ysabel Preserves

Eastside: 500 Farmer Rd., Julian

What’s Happening to the Oak Tree? – November 17 – 2:00 p.m.

Join a Park Ranger as he explains the who, what and why the oaks in Southern California are fading.  This interpretive program is open to all ages and is free to the public.

Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Preserve

16281 Sycamore Canyon Rd. Poway

Star Party -  November 16 - Sunset 

Join the San Diego Astronomers Association (SDAA) volunteer astronomers and park staff at the Hwy 67 staging area for a night under the stars. Come experience the chance to view our galaxy using the same technology used by the professionals. Viewers will get a chance to see many amazing sights, which they wouldn’t normally see without the trained eye. Bring sturdy shoes and a jacket. Clouds or rain the event will be cancelled. Free to the public.

Explore Nature – November 24 – 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Join Park Rangers for a fun day of crafts and exploration. Kids will learn about native plants and wildlife, and then put their newfound knowledge to work by making a new craft to show off their nature knack. Every child will leave with a craft, new wisdom, and great memories from the experience. Space is limited to 50 so please call for reservations. Guests will park at the Goodan Ranch Staging area and must walk approximately 1 mile down to the visitor center. Rain or muddy conditions will cancel the event.

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