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Program Schedule – Summer 2017

Program Schedule – Summer 2017

 

Over ten miles of trails and service roads open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.  Preserve visitors are welcome to visit our new visitor center.  Live animals and exhibits on Goodan History, Cedar Fire, Kumeyaay and the MSCP are on display.  Live native educational raptors on exhibit by appointment at Preserve Visitor Center.  Call for information.

Events, hikes and programs start at various Preserve locations.  Some require a one mile walk from Goodan Ranch staging to the Visitor Center.  Please check descriptions closely.  No vehicular traffic is permitted in the Preserve.  Transportation for those with disabilities can be arranged, by calling the ranger at (858)513-4737.

Goodan staging area accessed from Poway Rd. east on Garden Rd, then south on Sycamore Canyon Rd.  Sycamore Canyon Rd. ends at staging area.

Highway 67 staging area accessed through SOUTHBOUND Highway 67 only, half a mile south of Scripps Poway Parkway.  All events are free.  For information or to make event reservations call (858)513-4737 or email Justin.Gibbons@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Here is our program schedule for this summer:

 

JUNE

Saturday, June 10th, 2017     7:30pm – 10:00pm

Movies in the Moonlight.   Join park staff for an amazing evening of movies in the moonlight.  A large screen will be set up in the Highway 67 staging area.  Bring your family and friends for a chance to experience a modern movie in a beautiful, natural setting.  Call ranger station closer to date for movie title.  Dress warm and bring a flashlight and something to sit on.  See you all there!

Rain or muddy conditions cancel.

Program will be held at the Highway 67 staging area.

 

Friday, June 23rd, 2017     7:00pm – 10:00pm

Night Hike.  Nature and history come alive at night!  The wildlife of the day goes to sleep and out comes a whole new world of creatures.  Join Park Staff for an enlightening hike and learn all about the history of this amazing preserve as well as the different animals you can encounter here locally once the sun sets.  Bats, snakes, coyotes, tarantulas and more! Come prepared for a 3+ mile moderate hike. Space is limited to 25 so please call (858)513-4737 for reservations.

Rain or muddy conditions cancel. Program will meet at Goodan staging area. 

 

JULY

Saturday, July 8th, 2017     8:00am

Touch Table.   Come out for a weekend hike and join park staff for an interactive touch table to learn more about our local flora and fauna as well as the rich history of this amazing preserve.  Animal pelts, bone clones and historical artifacts will be on exhibit as well as much more.

Program will be held at Goodan Staging area.  RAIN or CLOUDS CANCEL.

 

Friday, July 21st, 2017     Sunset

Star Party.   Join SDAA volunteer astronomers and County Parks for a night with the stars.  Come experience the chance to view our galaxy using the same technology used by the professionals.  Viewers get a chance to see many amazing sights, depending on time of year, that they wouldn’t normally see without the trained eye of the astronomers.  Come prepared to be amazed.

Program will be held at Highway 67 Staging area accessed Highway 67 southbound only.  RAIN or CLOUDS CANCEL.

AUGUST

Saturday, August 12th, 2017     8:00am

Touch Table.   Come out for a weekend hike and join park staff for an interactive touch table to learn more about our local flora and fauna as well as the rich history of this amazing preserve.  Animal pelts, bone clones and historical artifacts will be on exhibit as well as much more.

Program will be held at Goodan Staging area.  RAIN or CLOUDS CANCEL.

 

Saturday, August 26th, 2017     6:30pm – 9:00pm

Night Hike.  Nature and history come alive at night!  The wildlife of the day goes to sleep and out comes a whole new world of creatures.  Join Park Staff for an enlightening hike and learn all about the history of this amazing preserve as well as the different animals you can encounter here locally once the sun sets.  Bats, snakes, coyotes, tarantulas and more! Easy, kid-friendly hike. Space is limited to 25 so please call (858)513-4737 for reservations.

Rain or muddy conditions cancel.   Program will meet at Goodan staging area.

 

 

8 Tips for How to Hike with a Dog in County Parks

8 Tips for How to Hike with a Dog in County Parks

You grab your leash, and your dog automatically starts heading for the door.  He knows it’s time for a walk.    Now its time to learn how to properly how to hike with a dog.

But this time it’s no ordinary walk around the neighborhood. This time you’ve decided to go for a hike in a San Diego County park and you’re bringing your canine companion along for the journey.  But now yhow to hike with a dogou need to learn how to hike with a dog in San Diego County.

The good news is dogs are allowed at virtually all County parks.  The only exceptions are Wilderness Gardens Preserve and the trails at Agua Caliente.  Assistance or guide dogs are always welcome at all parks as long as they are in compliance with all regulations and check in with park staff.

Before you head out, there are some preparations to follow and guidelines and tips you’ll want to keep in mind to make the hike enjoyable for both you and your dog. (How to hike with a dog in San Diego County.)

  1. First, plan out your hike. How long is the trail you’re hiking and what’s the terrain like?  You should know your dog’s fitness level so you can match that with the type of trail you choose.  You can check out all the County parks trails online.
  2. Your dog should be up-to-date on vaccines and have a collar or been treated to prevent ticks and fleas. Also make sure your four-legged friend has current ID tags and a well-fitted collar in case you get separated.  If your dog does become lost, contact the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services.
  3. Make sure the time of day you choose to hike with your dog is appropriate temperature-wise. Unless you hike with your dog often and they are used to that type of rigorous exercise, they could succumb to heat exhaustion.  Dogs are much more susceptible to heat stroke than humans.  Dogs’ only sweat glands are on their feet.  If the ground is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
  4. Always have plenty of water for both you and your dog. It’s better to bring along a little extra than not enough.  You might also want to pack a few doggie treats and search for a shaded area to take your breaks.
  5. Stay on the marked trail. In all County parks, dogs are required to be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length at all times.  A leash prevents dogs from becoming lost and protects them from having an unexpected encounter with a rattlesnake, mountain lion or a sick or injured animal.
  6. Make sure to maintain control of your dog at all times. Dogs that are out of control or that pose a demonstrated risk to others may be asked to leave by a park ranger.
  7. Always clean up after your dog. Practice the Leave No Trace principles that allow everyone to enjoy our parks.
  8. If you decide to make it a weekend or an overnight in a County park with camping, the fee for dogs in camping parks is just $1 per dog per night. You must be able to furnish current license and vaccination information as well.

Know how to how to hike with a dog.

Hiking with your dog in a County park is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy a change of pace from your usual walks around your neighborhood.  If you observe the above tips and guidelines, you’ll be sure to enjoy your hike and some quality bonding time with your pup.  NOw you can see you really know how to hike with a dog in San Diego County