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Space still available for Valentine Reserve talks, walks this week

July 15, 2013

Limited space is still available on these Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Walks and Talks this week:

The Geology of Valentine Reserve
July 17
Carole Lester 9:30-12:00 pm; moderately strenuous hike
The geography of Valentine Reserve was shaped over the millennia by the geologic forces of time. Mammoth Mountain volcano, the glaciers of the Tioga glacial epic and the explosions of the Inyo Craters have all left their mark at Valentine. During this moderately strenuous hike, you will learn how the rocks of Valentine arrived at their destination. Bring water, hat and sunscreen.

Early Season Wildflowers of Valentine Reserve
July 18
Sherryl Taylor 9:30-12:00 pm; moderately strenuous hike
Valentine Reserve changes color throughout the wildflower season. This hike will allow you to see what is blooming early in the season. Depending on the year, you can expect to see arrays of forget-me-nots, Mariposa lilies, and violets which will be in seed later in the summer. The hike is moderately strenuous, with a 500’ elevation gain. Bring water, hat and sunscreen.

The Forest of Valentine Reserve
July 19
Leslie Dawson 9:30-11:30 pm; easy hike
Learn to identify the five most common species of conifers at Valentine Reserve by looking at cones, needles, bark and other features of each tree. On this easy walk, the importance of fire to the forest ecosystem will be discussed as well as the role Mountain Pine beetles play in forest ecology. Bring water, hat, and sunscreen.

How to Register:
Call Leslie Dawson (760) 935-4356 to register
Send a check for $15.00 (suggested donation) per person made out to the UC Regents to:
Leslie Dawson, Education Coordinator
PO Box 273, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Pre-registration required. No entrance at the gate without reservations. Group size is limited. Payment by check only, no cash or credit cards. No dogs, no smoking allowed at the Reserve.
Donations are for the Outdoor Science Education Program to support science field trips to Valentine Reserve for the children of Inyo and Mono County

For more information:
http://vesr.ucnrs.org; ldawson@msi.ucsb.edu

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