Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer Cleanups (including August)

The next scheduled cleanups are:
- June 11 (Wed), 8:30 - 10:30 AM
- June 14 (Sat), 9 - noon
- NO CLEANUPS IN JULY (change in schedule)
- August 13 (Wed), 8:30 - 10:30 AM
- August 16 (Sat), 9 - noon
Cleanups may be canceled in case of extreme heat. Email me if you are unsure.

There are enough weeds to go around, so if you would like, pull a few whether it is an official cleanup or not. You can find pictures of many of the weeds at the following link. Tumble pigweed (Amaranthus albus) is not shown in the booklet. Click here for pictures of this noxious weed. If you are unsure, leave it be.

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Map of park with areas labelled.

Volunteers should:
  • wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • bring water
  • bring gardening gloves and tools (weeders, trowels, whatever you use in your own garden)
  • wear comfortable work clothes, including work shoes (sneakers or boots) and long pants
  • bring binoculars for birdwatching (optional)
Children must be under adult supervision at all times. There is poison oak in the park that we will point out before starting.

The South Pas Nature Park is a four-acre habitat park along the Arroyo Seco. The entrance, marked by a small plaque on an attractive river rock wall, is in the 100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of the York Street Bridge. There is plenty of on-street parking on Pasadena Avenue.

The park is graced with mature coast live oaks, southern walnuts and western sycamores. Planted with sage, buckwheat and other native coastal sage scrub plants, the park provides an inviting environment for birds, lizards, squirrels and numerous other critters. Locals too enjoy walking, jogging and horseback riding through the park.

Coast Live Oak
Coast live oak

Since 2006 an informal group of park stewards, Friends of the Nature Park (FONP), have been removing invasive weeds and litter on Saturday and Wednesday mornings.  Cleanups are held approximately once a month. For notification of cleanup dates, contact Barbara Eisenstein (barbara.eisenstein@gmail.com), or check the Nature Park blog, (http://www.nativebydesign.blogspot.com).  

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Summer Cleanups (Revised)

The next scheduled cleanups are:
- June 11 (Wed), 8:30 - 10:30 AM
- June 14 (Sat), 9 - noon
- July 16 (Wed), 8:30 - 10:30 AM
- July 19 (Sat), 9 - noon
No cleanups are scheduled for August, though this may change. Cleanups may be canceled in case of extreme heat. Email me if you are unsure.

There are enough weeds to go around, so if you would like, pull a few whether it is an official cleanup or not. You can find pictures of many of the weeds at the following link. If you are unsure, leave it be.


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Map of park with areas labelled.

Volunteers should:
  • wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • bring water
  • bring gardening gloves and tools (weeders, trowels, whatever you use in your own garden)
  • wear comfortable work clothes, including work shoes (sneakers or boots) and long pants
  • bring binoculars for birdwatching (optional)
Children must be under adult supervision at all times. There is poison oak in the park that we will point out before starting.

The South Pas Nature Park is a four-acre habitat park along the Arroyo Seco. The entrance, marked by a small plaque on an attractive river rock wall, is in the 100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of the York Street Bridge. There is plenty of on-street parking on Pasadena Avenue.

The park is graced with mature coast live oaks, southern walnuts and western sycamores. Planted with sage, buckwheat and other native coastal sage scrub plants, the park provides an inviting environment for birds, lizards, squirrels and numerous other critters. Locals too enjoy walking, jogging and horseback riding through the park.

Coast Live Oak
Coast live oak

Since 2006 an informal group of park stewards, Friends of the Nature Park (FONP), have been removing invasive weeds and litter on Saturday and Wednesday mornings.  Cleanups are held approximately once a month. For notification of cleanup dates, contact Barbara Eisenstein (barbara.eisenstein@gmail.com), or check the Nature Park blog, (http://www.nativebydesign.blogspot.com).  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Park Cleanups

The spring cleanups in the park are scheduled as follows:
- April 11 (Wed), 8:30 - 10:30 AM
- April 19 (Sat), 9 - noon
- April 23 (Wed), 8:30 - 10:30 AM
- May 14 (Wed), 8:30 - 10:30 AM
- May 17 (Sat), 9 - noon

I may be out of town in June so the previously posted dates are tentative. I will post summer cleanup dates as soon as possible.

There are enough weeds to go around, so if you would like, pull a few whether it is an official cleanup or not. You can find pictures of many of the weeds at the following link. If you are unsure, leave it be.


plandrawing_130728_600px.jpg
Map of park with areas labelled.

Volunteers should:
  • wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • bring water
  • bring gardening gloves and tools (weeders, trowels, whatever you use in your own garden)
  • wear comfortable work clothes, including work shoes (sneakers or boots) and long pants
  • bring binoculars for birdwatching (optional)
Children must be under adult supervision at all times. There is poison oak in the park that we will point out before starting.

The South Pas Nature Park is a four-acre habitat park along the Arroyo Seco. The entrance, marked by a small plaque on an attractive river rock wall, is in the 100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of the York Street Bridge. There is plenty of on-street parking on Pasadena Avenue.

The park is graced with mature coast live oaks, southern walnuts and western sycamores. Planted with sage, buckwheat and other native coastal sage scrub plants, the park provides an inviting environment for birds, lizards, squirrels and numerous other critters. Locals too enjoy walking, jogging and horseback riding through the park.

Coast Live Oak
Coast live oak

Since 2006 an informal group of park stewards, Friends of the Nature Park (FONP), have been removing invasive weeds and litter on Saturday and Wednesday mornings.  Cleanups are held approximately once a month. For notification of cleanup dates, contact Barbara Eisenstein (barbara.eisenstein@gmail.com), or check the Nature Park blog, (http://www.nativebydesign.blogspot.com).  

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Arbor Day in the Nature Park

What: Field trip to the Arroyo Seco - South Pasadena Woodland and Wildlife Park

When: March 8, 2014, 10 - 11 AM

Where: South Pas Nature Park, 100 block of Pasadena Ave, South Pasadena (on street parking is available)

What: In observance of Arbor Day, the South Pasadena Public Library invites families on a field trip to the Arroyo Seco - South Pasadena Woodland and Wildlife Park, located at 100 Pasadena Avenue, South Pasadena. Participants will have an opportunity to discover the secrets of native trees and other native plants and wildlife. Leading the exploration will be Barbara Eisenstein, a native plant gardener, horticulturist, speaker and blogger (www.weedingwildsuburbia.com). She founded and runs the Friends of the South Pasadena Nature Park, a citizen stewardship program, and received the 2007 Arroyo Verde Award for Best Citizen Activism. She is also horticulture chair for the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, and research associate at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Barbara lives in South Pasadena where she tends her own native plant habitat garden.

Registration for this field trip is required.To sign up, visit the Library website at www.southpasadenaca.gov/library and click on “Sign Up for Youth Programs” box.

Registrants will receive further information about how to complete a City liability waiver and receive an official field trip ticket.

This field trip is funded by a grant from South Pasadena Beautiful and is free to the public. Other sponsors include the Friends of the South Pasadena Nature Park and South Pasadena Public Works.

Contact Info: Maida Lin Wong, Children's Librarian, mwong@southpasadenaca.gov
Website: http://www.southpasadenaca.gov/library
Phone: 626-403-7358

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Nature Park Planting Party was a big success

We had a successful planting party with volunteers from the community along with a group of Occidental College students who were participating as part of their Martin Luther King Day of Service program. 

The ground was hard and dry, but with some strong backs we managed to plant and water in about 150 plants. As a follow-up volunteer activity, please, do not forget to do a rain dance. We need rain!!!


Friday, December 27, 2013

MLK Service Day Park Planting Party

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., students from Occidental College and local volunteers will be planting native plants in the Arroyo Seco-South Pasadena Woodland and Wildlife Park (South Pas Nature Park, for short), on February 1, 2014. Volunteers are welcome to come anytime during the day.

February 1, 2014, Saturday
9 am - 3:30 pm

Planting Party
Oxy students and South Pas girl scouts carry plants into the park
during 2010 Planting Party

Volunteers should:
  • wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • bring water
  • bring gardening gloves and tools (weeders, trowels, whatever you use in your own garden)
  • wear comfortable work clothes, including work shoes (sneakers or boots) and long pants
  • bring binoculars for birdwatching (optional)
Children must be under adult supervision at all times. There is poison oak in the park that we will point out before starting.

The South Pas Nature Park is a four-acre habitat park along the Arroyo Seco. The entrance, marked by a small plaque on an attractive river rock wall, is in the 100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of the York Street Bridge. There is plenty of on-street parking on Pasadena Avenue.

The park is graced with mature coast live oaks, southern walnuts and western sycamores. Planted with sage, buckwheat and other native coastal sage scrub plants, the park provides an inviting environment for birds, lizards, squirrels and numerous other critters. Locals too enjoy walking, jogging and horseback riding through the park.

Coast Live Oak
Coast live oak

Since 2006 an informal group of park stewards, Friends of the Nature Park (FONP), have been removing invasive weeds and litter on Saturday and Wednesday mornings.  Cleanups are held approximately once a month. For notification of cleanup dates, contact Barbara Eisenstein (barbara.eisenstein@gmail.com), or check the Nature Park blog, (http://www.nativebydesign.blogspot.com).  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Winter and Spring Nature Park Schedule

The winter and spring cleanups in the park are scheduled for the third Saturday and following Wednesday of each month. There are no cleanups currently scheduled for March, though this may change. Our planting party, in collaboration with Occidental College, will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 (see below).
  • November 16 (Sat), 9 - noon
  • NO CLEANUPS SCHEDULED IN DECEMBER (Happy Holidays)
  • January 18 (Sat), 9 - noon
  • January 22 (Wed), 8:30 - 10 AM
  • February 15 (Sat), 9 - noon
  • Rescheduled for Feb 8 (Sat), 9 - noon
  • February 19 (Wed), 8:30 - 10 AM
  • NO CLEANUPS SCHEDULED IN MARCH (check calendar for updates)
  • April 19 (Sat), 9 - noon
  • April 23 (Wed), 8:30 - 10 AM
  • May 17 (Sat), 9 - noon
  • May 23 (Wed), 8:30 - 10 AM
Please check this blog for updates and changes to the schedule. Contact me to receive email reminders. All recipients are listed in a bcc to protect your privacy. Email me if you want to be removed from the list. 
MLK Service Day at the Nature Park
There will be a planting with Oxy students and others (scouts, students and other volunteers) on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Contact me if you are interested in a group service project.

Quercus agrifolia
Coast live oak in center of park
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Map of park with areas labelled.