Wheeler Gorge 2016 Event Schedule

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May 7 – 11:00am  –  Luzonica Birds of the World

http://www.luzonica.org

Join  Erin Koski, Director of Luzonica, as they share their love and conservation of all bird species.  Luzonica will bring a variety of birds to share and show outside of the Visitor Center.

May 14 – 11:00am  –  Into the Wild (Naturalists)

IntoTheWildNaturalists

photo kenneturner.com

Join Alexa Hohensee as she covers in this program respecting and protecting wildlife in our local forest.  You will also learn about birds and their flyways, venomous snakes, poisonous plants and how to identify them.  You will learn about food chains and ecosystems and how humans have changed the balance of nature.   *Reservations required, $3.00 fee to cover material costs

May 21 – 11:00am – All About Our Local Critters

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LPFA Ojai President will share a discovery program designed for a young audience and those young at heart. Learn about local animals and what they leave behind. Do you know what kind of sounds a fox, bobcat makes? Make and take home plaster cast of a paw print.

May 28 – 11:00am – Nature Walk with Julie Tumamait

Julie Tumamait, photo HerbWalks.com

Julie Tumamait, photo HerbWalks.com

Chumash Elder Julie Tumamait will teach and show local plants around Wheeler Gorge Campground.  She will explain how to use native plants for food, medicine and with Chumash games.

June 4 – 10:30am – Hiking: Be Prepared

Dr. James Caballero

Dr. James Caballero

Dr. James Caballero will draw from over 20 years of local hiking to talk about practical hiking tips.  These tips will help to keep you safe while on the trails and what to look for on the trails.  Whether you are a seasoned hiker or new to the trails, you will benefit from the knowledge gained.

June 11 – 11:00am – Humane Society Surprise Program

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http://www.hsvc.org/

Dawn Riley, Education Department of the Ventura County Human Society, will share her insight and experiences in this surprise presentation.  She talk could cover a pesky cat or dog or maybe even a cockroach.  Dawn is full of surprises and these programs are loved by all who attend.

June 18 – 11:00am – Volcanoes in Story and Science

Volcanoes

Learn from gifted storyteller Richard Wade, scientist, artist and educator, the science of how volcanoes erupt and grow. He will also entertain children and adults with legends and lore. Volunteers make a model volcano erupt! Get a free piece of lava.

June 18 – 1:00pm – Earth Rocks! Geology

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Discover from Mike Havstad, Wheeler Gorge curator and geologist, how volcanoes, mountains, caves and geysers are formed. Learn how rocks and minerals are used in metal, glass, jewelry, and in building homes. Make a Moh’s scale of hardness kit. Start a rock and mineral kit. Reservations required (Wheeler@LPForest.org)

June 25 – 11:00am – Trees Are Tremendous

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Discover the native and non-native trees that live in Wheeler Gorge on this short and very educational walk led by Los Padres National Forest Botanist Lloyd Simpson.  The walk begins at the Visitor Center and continues into and around the campground before finished back at the Visitor Center.  This is a Cub Scout Required Program.

July 2 – 11:00am – Reptiles with Southwestern Herpetological

https://www.swhs.org/

https://www.swhs.org/

Southwestern Herpetological Society will present live and impressive lizards and snakes and give advice on reptiles as pets along with being able to answer any questions you might have about reptiles.

July 9 – 10:30am – REI Takes the Mystery Out of….

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REI specialists will take the mystery out of backpacking in California’s Central Coast as we share our knowledge on how to enjoy this activity with your family.  REI will cover backpacking essentials, including choosing a pack or child carrier, selecting proper clothing and the right footwear and food solutions for different age groups.  No experience necessary.

July 16 – 11:00am – Humane Society Surprise Program #2

Cats

http://www.hsvc.org/

Dawn Riley, Education Department of the Ventura County Human Society, will share her second surprise presentation featuring our domesticated friends.

July 23 – 10:30am – Last Days of the Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

Richard Wade, scientist, artist and educator will present a hands-on, fun-filled presentation about how dinosaurs lived and died, even the sounds they made. Hold a real meteorite and replicas of fossils. Appropriate for all ages.

July 30 – 11:00am – Bats You Never Imagined

Bats

California State Park Ranger Kris Mashburn presents the amazing world of bats; in sizes, shapes, features and colors you’ve never imagined. Meet her pet bat and see her magical slide show with the vampire bats and many others.

August 6 – 11:00am – Wonderful World of Bees

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Anna Howell, Entomologist

Scientists estimate that one-third of the world’s food crops and four-fifths of its flowering plants depend on some form of insect pollination, mainly by bees.  Yet honeybees are native bees around the globe are declining in numbers.  Discover the fascinating world of bees and its impact on the ecosystem.  Join University of California entomologist Anna D. Howell in a talk about the wonderful world of bees.

August 13 – 11:00am – Sea Birds, Master of Wind & Waves

LarryWan

http://wanconservancy.org/

Wildlife photography is a real challenge.  Some amazing images will reveal nature seldom experienced by us diurnal beings.  Understanding sea bird species will further inspire us to appreciate and protect our natural world.   Join Dr. Larry Wan as he shares photos and experiences from his world travels as a conservationist.

August 20 – 11:00am – Reptiles with Southwestern Herpetological

https://www.swhs.org/

https://www.swhs.org/

Southwestern Herpetological Society will present live and impressive lizards and snakes and give advice on reptiles as pets along with being able to answer any questions you might have about reptiles.

August 27 – 11:00am  –  Into the Wild (Naturalists)

IntoTheWildNaturalists

photo kenneturner.com

Join Alexa Hohensee as she covers in this program respecting and protecting wildlife in our local forest.  You will also learn about birds and their flyways, venomous snakes, poisonous plants and how to identify them.  You will learn about food chains and ecosystems and how humans have changed the balance of nature.   *Reservations required, $3.00 fee to cover material costs

August 27 – 11:00am – Into the Woods, Forester

Forester

Gordie Hemphill, LPFA Ojai Chapter President, leads a program that covers forest trees and plants and how mankind and animals use them. See how mankind and animals depend on them. *Reservations required (Wheeler@LPForest.org)

September 3 – 11:00am – Saving the California Condor

friendsofcondors.org

friendsofcondors.org

What issues face this most endangered species and can they truly be returned to the wild to live on their own?  A presentation and items displayed by members of the Friends of the California Condor.

September 10 – 11:00am – Rescuing Ocean Animals

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Wildlife rescuer Ron Barrett, with the Channel Island Marine and Wildlife Institute, will present information and insights on sea lions, seals, otters and other animals found sick or injured. What you should do and not do when you find an animal stranded on the beach?

September 17 – 11:00am – Amazing World of Bears

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Kelley Swedlow, Wheeler Gorge Docent, will present information about our brown and black bears, and    the many other types of bears found around the world.

September 24 – 11:00am – Storytelling of the Chumash with Julie Tumamait

Julie Tumamait, photo HerbWalks.com

Julie Tumamait, photo HerbWalks.com

Chumash Elder Julie Tumamait will share stories of death and resurrection, stories still alive today with lessons reinforced by a look in the night skies or a walk in the wilderness.  Particular sharing will be The Story of Anucwa and  The Boys Who Turned to Geese.  Hear stories of woodpecker, blue jay, coyote and others.  Learn to look at plants and stones in different ways.  Julie is an amazing and engaging storyteller.