Monthly Archives: May 2013

Pathfinder Animals are Eating their Greens!

The springtime sunshine and rain showers have helped our plants and grass grow tall and green.  The animals (and Naturalists) have many tasty greens to eat from the garden!


The horses have been enjoying their lush, green pasture to nibble on.  Lucas, one of our older horses, has his own special “snack bar,” next to to feeding troughs.


In the Nature Center, the snakes have been shedding their scales and the box turtles have been busy nibbling on their lettuce leaves.  Kelso, our Desert Tortiose, has been splashing around in his Vitamin C bath after munching on his leafy greens!

May Events in Southern California

Thanks to Mike for this great list of opportunities in Southern California to keep the fun going.

If you loved coming to Pathfinder Ranch, there are more chances to have fun learning experiences in your own community.  These are just a sample of the many fun and exciting events going on throughout southern California in May.

Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Wetlands Tours
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Hemet, CA

Join us and share the opportunity to view hundreds of ibises, egrets, and blackbirds and many other migratory and resident birds in their natural habitat.

Located on the grounds of the San Jacinto Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility, this multi-purpose constructed wetlands “polishes” recycled water before it is distributed to nearby farms, dairies and the San Jacinto Wildlife Area for irrigation and additional environmental uses.

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Nora’s Children’s Art Classes
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
San Diego, CA

Nora’s Art Classes for children ages 4-14 are being offered by artist Nora Kearney-Johnson on most Saturdays through December. Classes are from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Mission Trails Visitor Center. Each class is a different topic and children may take home their art project each week. All art supplies are included.

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Sunday, May 5th, 2013
First Sundays - 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Riverside, CA

First Sundays is a seasonal series of free family programs featuring different activities for children and teens at six different location in downtown: Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Mission Inn Museum, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Public Library, UCR ArtsBlock, and Riverside Fox Theater Foundation. Sponsored by the Riverside Arts Council.

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Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Jr. Trail Guides Explorer Program: Cahuilla Indian Culture and other Important Historical Influences
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Palm Desert, CA

Travel back in time as we learn about some of the early people and events that happened right here in the National Monument. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as we dig into the past and earn the “Keeping History Alive” badge.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013
Family Discovery Walk
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
San Diego, CA

Join MTRP Trail Guides, Jennifer Douglas and Marcia Stoner, on a guided walk every other month to the Kumeyaay grinding rocks site. Along the way, discover the many seasonal changes that occur here in the park throughout the year. These 90-minute walks provide an essential opportunity for parents and their children to get outdoors and spend some quality time together in nature.

Garden Time

Spring is in full force at Pathfinder Ranch! There are beautiful flowers all around and the Yucca stalks are still blooming. We have some new birds for the season, the Lesser Goldfinch, Black Phoebe, Belted Kingfisher, warblers, and more. We are finding more and more invertebrates in our lake, and there are even tadpoles in the waters near Pooh Bear rock.

As spring is arriving, many of us are planning our gardens. Does your family have a garden at home? Not only could you plant your own vegetables, but you could plant gardens to attract humming birds and butterflies. Remember to water your gardens in the morning or in the evening so that the water can really soak in and not evaporate quickly.

Thanks to Kate for today’s blog entry.