Monday, May 30, 2011

Orange County Wildflower Hikes

OC Parks is offering several wildflower tours to the public. The next Wildflower Hike is on Saturday, June 12.

Wildflower Hike
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Staging Area, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road
8:30 am to 11:30 am

Call 949-923-2235 to make reservations. Parking $3, plus $2 donation.

Learn more about where to find wildflowers in Orange County with this interactive multimedia presentation.

Also, check out the entries from the Orange County Register’s wildflower photo contest.  This year's contest is over, but there's always next year!

Climate Action Facilitator Training

Monday, June 13, 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Ecology Center

Gain skills for engaging people about climate change.  Join the Ecology Center for a free Climate Action Workshop Facilitator training session.  You'll receive materials and information to involve your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, or others in taking action on climate change through community workshops. The Ecology Center will also provide ongoing support for you to plan and hold your own workshop series. No experience is necessary to participate.

The Ecology Center is located at 2530 San Pablo Avenue, near Dwight Way, in Berkeley. It is accessible by the 49 and 72 AC Transit bus lines.

RSVP to For more info, visit

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bike to Work - May 12, 2011

Thursday is Bike to Work Day, an annual event with the goal of getting people to try commuting via bicycle.

Bike to Work Day was initiated 16 years ago to address congestion and pollution...long before greenhouse gas emissions and climate action plans were incorporated into policies and regulations.  With the California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32), cities and counties are now required reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nearly 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are transportation-related, so biking to work has a real and measurable impact towards meeting California’s goals.  Plus, you’ll get a little extra exercise and Northgate staff will receive A SMALL GIFT as a token of appreciation for helping to reduce our company’s carbon footprint.

There are lots of freebies and events to enjoy during and after your commute as well.  Check out the East Bay Bicycle Coalition’s and San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s websites for information about energizer stations, free repairs, commuter convoys, raffles, and after parties.

In Southern California you get a whole week to enjoy your bike commute!  Check out Orange County Transportation Authority’s website for more information and to sign up for Bike to Work Week--May 16-20, 2011.  With your pledge to commute via bicycle at least one day you’ll be entered to win cool prizes, like gift certificates, bicycles, accessories, movie tickets, and more. 

Monday, May 2, 2011