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Walks in the Elfin Forest

Third Saturday Walks

April 20, 9:30 a.m. – Butterflies and Native Plants 

In honor of California Native Plant Week, butterfly guru Pat Brown will introduce you to several native plants and talk about the butterflies that sip their nectar and the caterpillars that eat their leaves.  Pat has photos of butterflies in all stages of development from eggs to mature butterflies, and will share them along with fascinating butterfly facts.  She’ll lead you to hangouts of Variable Checkerspot, Moro Blue, Swallowtail, Hairstreak and other butterflies that make the Elfin Forest their home.  She will also share information about butterfly books, web sites and butterfly-related materials.  She recommends that you bring a pair of close-focusing (5-10 ft.) binoculars

May 18, 9:30 a.m. – Wildflower Walk 

Dirk Walters will take us on a delightful tour of every blooming plant that is visible from the boardwalk in the Elfin Forest.  There will be bright yellows of Rush-roses, Deerweed, Golden Yarrow and of course California Poppies.  White Popcorn flowers, Pearly everlasting and Yarrow plants are in abundance too, as well as pink Cobwebby Thistles and blue Wild Hyacinths.  The Silver Dune Lupines at Bush Lupine Point should be covered with pale blue blossoms, and alive with honeybees and Moro Blue butterflies.  Treat yourself to a springtime experience in Nature’s own garden.

June 15, 9:30 a.m. – Photography and Native Plants 

Nature and wildlife photographer Donald Quintana will take us on a photographic journey to capture the wild and beautiful world of the Elfin Forest. Using whatever camera you have, you will have an opportunity to photograph birds and butterflies, close ups of plants and flowers, or views of the Forest and bay. Don will discuss the use of light and how best to capture its influence on your subject. He’ll also talk about some of the Elfin Forest’s plant life. All levels of experience and skill are welcome.

When and Where?

Walks in the Elfin Forest begin at times stated above at the north end (1100 block) of 15th Street off Santa Ysabel in Los Osos. Wear comfortable shoes, long sleeves and pants to avoid poison oak and mosquitoes. Park carefully, avoiding driveways and mailboxes, and leave pets at home. The easy paced walks last 1-1/2 to 2 hours. For more information call (805) 528-0392.