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Nov
19
Hike the Santa Rosa Plateau
By Kayla Boudreau Kyle Quintero

*UPDATE:  This was rescheduled from the 10th of November to the 19th.

 

PERMISSION SLIPS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. PARENTS/GUARDIANS CAN COMPLETE THE PERMISSION SLIP FORM BY CLICKING HERE.

 

The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, located at the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains in southwest Riverside County near the city of Murrieta, is a hidden gem that offers a fascinating glimpse into the history and ecosystems of the area. Consisting of 9000 acres, the Reserve protects unique ecosystems such as Engelmann oak woodlands, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, bunchgrass prairie, and vernal pools as well as more than 200 species of native birds and 49 endangered, threatened or rare animal and plant species, including mule deer, mountain lions, badgers, bobcats, western pond turtles, white-tailed kites and fairy shrimp. Of the two species of fairy shrimp that live in the seasonal vernal pools on the Reserve, one is found only here and nowhere else on Earth!

An especially popular day-hike destination at the Reserve is the Moreno and Machado Adobes, the two oldest standing structures in Riverside County, which date back to 1846 and once served as bunkhouses for cowboys. These interesting historical buildings, shaded by a 400-year-old tree and separated by a relaxing one-of-a-kind picnic area, provide a unique opportunity to experience Riverside County’s rich history.

 

The field trip includes a two-hour, one-mile hike through four distinct plant communities, focusing on the geology, animal and plant life, and human history of the area. Grades 3-8 are welcome. No strollers or younger siblings 

who are unable to walk and participate in the tour by request of the docent. Thank you!

 

RSVP by clicking the button above!