Tuesday, 17 June, 8:00 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
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This field trip has been cancelled.
Tuesday, 17 June, 11:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.
Microbrewery Science and Pub Tour
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Since early times, beer has played an important role in our society, but have you ever considered the SCIENCE behind it? As technology has progressed, brewing techniques have been developed and refined in no small part to our increased knowledge in the fields of biotechnology, microbiology, and chemistry. Our friends at Ritual Brewing Co. in Redlands will be sharing their passion and knowledge with those interested in this field trip. Hosting this excursion will be Mr. Owen Williams, Certified Cicerone®, and lecturer on Beer and Culture at the Collins College of Hospitality Management at California Polytechnic University, Pasadena.
We plan to leave Riverside at 11:00 a.m., and arrive in Redlands about 11:30 a.m. After eating our box lunches, we will join Mr. Williams for an approximately two–hour tour of the microbrewery facility at Ritual Brewing Company, which will include background information on the processes and microorganisms involved in the brewing of beer. Following the tour will be a time to taste various microbrews. The cost for tasting, estimated at about $5 to $10, is not included in the cost for the excursion, and is on your own.
Includes transportation and box lunch. Cost of beer tasting is on your own. Cost: $25 per person.
Tuesday, 17 June, 9:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve
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Click HERE for older brochure on the James Reserve.
Click HERE for UCSD video about the James Reserve.
The James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve is located on an alluvial bench situated at the lower end of Hall Canyon, a steep, western flank of Black Mountain. The reserve hosts a wide variety of plant communities: Sierra mixed conifer riparian forest, oak woodlands, montane chaparral, alder-willow-cedar riparian forest, and dry meadows. Hatitats include mixed conifer and hardwood forest, montane chaparral, montane riparian forest, and a rapidly flowing mountain stream with man-made reservoir (Lake Fulmor) immediately downstream. The entire watershed is protected for research and study by the U.S. Forest Service. There are records of 259 species of vascular plants, 35 bryophytes, 6 amphibians, 18 reptiles, 125 birds (60 percent nesting), 35 mammals, and approximately 1,000 invertebrates.
Operating as a satellite to the James Reserve, the Oasis de los Osos Reserve is located at the west end of the Coachella Valley, north of Palm Springs, and encompasses 65 hectares (160 acres) situated on a steep elevational gradient near the base of the north-facing escarpment of Mount San Jacinto. A perennial stream, Lambs Creek, runs through the site, supporting one of the very few riparian woodlands in the Colorado Desert. Oasis de los Osos is protected by the Nature Conservancy.
There are numerous on-going research projects at the reserve covering long-horned beetles, lady beetles, southern mountain yellow-legged frogs, flying squirrels, phenology of the forest, carbon dioxide budgets from the atmosphere to deep into the soil, studies of the mycorrhizae and many others. In addition, extensive teaching use is made of the site by university-level courses in biology, botany, animal tracking, zoology, ecology, and others. The local community is also welcomed for science/ecologically focused tours, meetings and courses on site. K–12 students visit for day-long and overnight field trips and the Idyllwild community uses GIS for fire prevention and planning.
After an orientation to the reserve, participants in this trip will have
the opportunity to either head out on an approximately 3 mile hike on a trail that is a bit steep in portions and best for intermediate hikers, or go off in a different direction with a different leader on a hike of the reserve more suitable for beginners or those who aren't able to navigate the longer hike. Watch this web page for additional details as they develop.
Elevation of the James Reserve is 1,623–1,692 m (5,325–5,550 ft.). Summertime highs are generally in the mid–70s to low 80s but can get into the low 90s. Suggested clothing includes sturdy, closed–toed shoes, shorts or long pants, short sleeved shirt but with a jacket, just in case. Hats are good as well. Don't forget sunscreen and your camera, etc.
Minimum participation: 10 people; maximum participation: 17 people.
Includes transportation, lunch, snacks, and fees. Cost: $45 per person.
Friday, 20 June, 2:30 p.m. to Sunday, 22 June
Channel Islands Adventure
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The Channel Islands of California are a chain of eight islands located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California along the Santa Barbara Channel. Five of the islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment are part of the Channel Islands National Park, administered by the U.S. Park Service. The Park, bridging two biogeographical provinces, serves to preserve and protect a wealth of natural and cultural resources. While encompassing a relatively small area, the Park harbors the biologic diversity of nearly 2,500 miles of the North American coastline. The Channel Islands are home to over 2,000 plant and animal species, of which 145 are found nowhere else in the world. More than 60 species of seabirds can be sighted in around the Channel Islands, including California Brown Pelicans, Pink-footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Scripp’s Murrelet, Cassin’s Auklet, and Rhinoceros Auklet. In addition, during the 90 minute boat trip each way, we will be crossing through the waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, which hosts more than 35 species of marine mammals including Common Dolphin, Risso’s Dolphin, Dall’s Porpoise, and Humpback Whales. Harbor Seals and California Sea Lions are also commonly seen basking near the harbor breakwaters.
Like the Galapagos Islands of South America, isolation has allowed evolution to proceed independently on the islands. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the blue whale, the largest animal to live on Earth. Archaeological and cultural resources span a period of more than 13,000 years of human habitation.
Long-term ecological monitoring has allowed the collection of information on the current health of resources within the Park and the prediction of future conditions, providing park and natural resource managers with useful products for recreation planning, conservations, and restoration programs, along with early identification of critical issues.
We will visit the west side of Santa Cruz, exploring the parts of the island managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Because we will be visiting both UC and TNC managed sites, all participants will have to sign release waivers for both UC and TNC before embarking on this trip (see below). We will land at Prisoners Harbor (Mid Santa Cruz), which is the second stop on Santa Cruz Island.
At Prisoner’s Bay Harbor, we will climb aboard rugged open-topped field vehicles with bench seating to drive up the canyon to the Central Valley of the Island. Along the way, we will explore the wetland restoration, which has been the recent focus of invasive species removal efforts. Sturdy shoes and good balance are a must. Throughout the journey, visitors will observe all major rock types: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We will have a picnic lunch at the UC Natural Reserve System Field Station (http://santacruz.nrs.ucsb.edu/visiting/facilities-equipment-field-station), which is nestled between two mountain ranges. The station has water and restrooms. We may get a look at some of the endemic island fauna, including the Island Scrub Jay and, if lucky, the charismatic Island Fox. After lunch we will explore parts of the historic ranch now used by TNC, visiting the historic chapel and small museum to learn about the past uses of the island. Returning to the Harbor, we will embark on a moderate-to-strenuous hike on the Pelican Bay trail. Along this trail, we will see ironwood trees, an indicator of a wetter climate in the past, climb through canyons and observe the endemic flora.
1) Participants should be prepared for the cool temperature during the boat trip, which is typically 15 degrees colder than the forecast for the coast. Windbreakers are recommended.
2) Participants must be physically agile, have good balance, etc. The terrain is unforgiving and we will be clamoring up and down into a truck. The hiking is moderate to strenuous.
The trip to Santa Cruz Island begins with a 2:30 p.m. departure from Riverside, followed by dinner (on your own) at a restaurant in Oxnard and a group meeting Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor (3231 Peninsula Road, Oxnard, CA; 805-985-1100), where we will spend Friday night. Saturday morning we’ll arrive at Island Packers (www.islandpackers.com) in the Ventura Harbor no later than 8:00 a.m. for the approximately 90 minute ride to Santa Cruz Island aboard the 9:00 a.m. boat. At Santa Cruz Island we’ll put in at Prisoner’s Harbor, exiting the boat onto a ladder and climbing several rungs to reach the top of the pier. Once we’re all on the pier and we’ve off-loaded all of our equipment, we will board the vehicles and begin our journey.
The return trip to Ventura Harbor will occur later in the afternoon, getting us back to Ventura no later than about 6:00 p.m. After a stop for dinner (on your own), we should arrive in Riverside about 9:00 p.m. Saturday night, where we will spend the night in Deluxe Rooms at the Mission Inn. This actually completes the field trip, allowing you to depart Riverside at your leisure Sunday morning.
Trip includes round trip transportation from UCR, Friday night at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Oxnard, box lunch Saturday, boat fee, water, snacks, and Saturday night at the Mission Inn in Riverside. All food costs, except for breakfast Saturday morning at the Hampton Inn and lunch on the island, are on your own. Cost: $325 per person double; $540 per person single.
Minimum participation: 5 double/single hotel rooms (5 to 10 people); maximum 10 double/single hotel rooms of participants (10 to 20 people).
Saturday, 21 June, 9:30 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m.
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
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Organized and led by Robert L. Chianese (Department of English, Californa State University Northridge, Northridge, Callifornia; firstname.lastname@example.org).
For the most part, this is a self-guided, walking tour of the Huntington Library and grounds, including the art collections and various botanical gardens. Prior to arrival at the “Huntington,” as it is called, participants will be given an overview of the art collection, which includes extensive collections of 18th and 19th century British works as well as American, French, and some Renaissance works. Once on the grounds, participants will be able to explore the 120 acres or so of facilities. It is recommended that participants in this field trip review the Huntington Library website, http://www.huntington.org/, to become oriented to the facility. A map showing the Huntington grounds and discussing accessibility may be downloaded by clicking HERE. Please note that most of the grounds are accessible by wheelchair but a few trails are steep and/or have stairs. Refer to the Huntington map to distinguish between those types of trails.
Audio tours and other programs about the Huntington may be found by searching iTunesU for “The Huntington.”
No food is allowed on the premises. However, there are several places inside the Huntington grounds where food may be purchased, such as the Rose Garden Café, which offers a wide variety of sandwiches and grilled items such as hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, fish tacos, and quesadillas, all made to order ($4.95-$8), entree salads with fruit or fresh mixed greens, homemade soups, chili, freshly baked goods including muffins, scones, turnovers, brownies, and cookies. Another option is the Chinese Garden Tea Shop, as well as food carts. All food purchases are on your own, and may be purchased with cash or credit card.
Be sure to come prepared for our time at the Huntington with comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water. It can be hot, particularly in the Cactus Garden!
Includes transportation and fees. Food purchases are on your own. Cost: $50.00 per person.