Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for March

March 1 – 31, 2020

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special events and monthly activities.

One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”

For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://pvplc.org/ or call (310) 541-7613.

Check out what’s on tap for March….

Special Events

Cactus Wren Monitoring Training with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Saturday, March 7th, 8am – 11am. Become a Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Endangered Cactus Wren monitor at a field training on the Alta Vicente Reserve. This training will show you all you need to know to help document this rare and charismatic species that lives few other places then the Palos Verdes Peninsula! No experience needed. 16 and up please. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com

Nature Walk at Linden H. Chandler Preserve by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Saturday, March 14th, 9am. Experience this 28-acre nature preserve with native plants blooming in restored habitat supported by Patagonia to serve as home for the rare Palos Verdes blue butterfly. Moderate. Sign up at www.pvplc.org.

Monthly Activities

Nature Club for Families: Local Birds of the White Point Nature Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Wednesday, March 4th at 10:30 am. Bring your kids to the White Point Nature Preserve to meet the California Gnatcatcher, a bird that is endangered everywhere else, but is recovering in habitat restored by the Conservancy. Families will enjoy a bird walk to spot a red tailed hawk, a peregrine falcon, or even a burrowing owl and learn about how the Preserve provides them with wilderness in the big city. Make a fabulous feather painting, and build a nest all your own. Free. Appropriate for parents and children. Kid-sized binoculars. Stroller friendly. Leashed dogs welcome. White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. More info at www.pvplc.org or contact cSmith@pvplc.org

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Saturday, March 7th, 9am – 12pm. Volunteers provide a critical role in working to remove invasive weeds to maintain important wildlife habitat in this recently restored oceanside habitat. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Saturday, March 7th, 10:30 am. Green is a lucky color this month, especially if your garden is green with native plants. Visit the native plant sale and start converting your garden into one that supports the survival of the California’s declining coastal bird population. We can show you how. Half gallon size native plants are $8 each. Leashed dogs welcome. White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. More info at www.pvplc.org or contact cSmith@pvplc.org

Woodlands Nature Walk at George F Canyon Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Saturday, March 7th, 10:30 am. Look for leprechauns along this pristine canyon’s 1.8 mile trail that winds through fragrant coastal sage habitat and into shady willow woodland. Observe canyon birds and wildlife, discover rare exposed Catalina schist bedrock, and enjoy a spectacular view of the Los Angeles basin at the top. Trail accessible to jogging strollers. Leashed dogs welcome. George F Canyon Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. More info at www.pvplc.org or contact cSmith@pvplc.org

Nature Club for Families: Local Reptiles at George F Canyon Nature Center with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Sunday, March 8th at 10:30 am. Most of the Peninsula’s native snakes aren’t poisonous, including Ms. Penny, the beautiful California King Snake in the nature center. Come find out how Ms. Penny’s species keeps the Peninsula’s rattlesnake population down. Meet Thor, our alligator lizard, and Crate, our three-toed box turtle. Design and build your own artistic snake to take home with you. You’ll leave fearing snakes less and with a greater appreciation for all of our local reptiles. Free. Stroller friendly. Leashed dogs welcome. George F Canyon Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. More info at www.pvplc.org or contact cSmith@pvplc.org

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Abalone Cove Reserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Saturday, March 14th and Saturday, March 28th, 9am – 12pm. Contribute to the first stages of our newest habitat restoration project! We will be planting native shrubs and removing invasive weeds in order to improve wildlife habitat for protected species such as the California gnatcatcher and cactus wren! Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Wild Bird Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Wednesday, March 18th at 8:30 am. Join Wild Birds Unlimited to search for the winged creatures that make White Point Nature Preserve their home. Keep one ear tuned for the “meow” of the endangered gnatcatcher, which thrives on the White Point Preserve. Or maybe you’ll spot one of our burrowing owls, a peregrine falcon, or a red-tailed hawk. Binoculars supplied for beginners. Free and appropriate for all ages, but no dogs on bird walks, please. White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. More info at www.pvplc.org or contact cSmith@pvplc.org

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Saturday, March 21st, 9am – 12pm. Volunteers will help care for the White Point Native Plant Demonstration Garden by removing invasive weeds, watering native plants, adding mulch to recently planted plants and more! These efforts will help restore this habitat for wildlife as well as create a beautiful place for the community to enjoy! Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Coastal Nature Walk at White Point Nature Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Saturday, March 21st at 10:30 am. At the end of Western Avenue there awaits one hundred acres of land with a story to tell. Once roamed by huge saber tooth tigers, it became a peaceful Tongva village, then consecutively a rangeland for cattle and sheep, a home to a thriving Japanese-American community, a strategic military defense sight housing to two long-range guns, and a nuclear missile launch site. Today, it is preserved natural land, slowly being restored to its original state (minus the tigers). We invite you to hike with us on this unique preserve. Free and appropriate for all ages. Trail accessible to jogging strollers. Leashed dogs welcome. White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. More info at www.pvplc.org or contact cSmith@pvplc.org

Native Plant Sale at George F Canyon Nature Center with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Saturday, March 21st at 10:30 am. Look closely at your garden this month. Notice whether the plants growing there are busy with hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. If not, come to the native plant sale to purchase local plant species that create habitat for pollinators. Then, sit back and watch your garden come alive with the flap, flutter, and buzz of winged wildlife. This month, you might even attract a fairy or two. Stroller friendly. Leashed dogs welcome. George F Canyon Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. For more information, email csmith@pvplc.org.

Wild Bird Walk at George F Canyon Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Wednesday, March 25th at 8:30 am. Join Wild Birds Unlimited’s expert birder to search for the winged creatures that thrive in the coastal sage and riparian woodland of this lovely canyon. Binoculars supplied for beginners. Free and appropriate for all ages, but no dogs on bird walks, please. George F Canyon Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. More info at www.pvplc.org or contact cSmith@pvplc.org

Nature and Me Storytime at George F Canyon Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Friday, March 27 at 9:30 am. Marisa Perley, wonderful children’s librarian with the Palos Verdes Library District, shares books, songs, and activities that will open your child’s eyes to the wonders of the natural world and inspire an early love for nature. Concludes with a visit to the nature center and a stroll on the beautiful woodland nature trail. Free and appropriate for preschoolers. Stroller friendly. Leashed dogs welcome. George F Canyon Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. More info at www.pvplc.org or contact cSmith@pvplc.org

Rapid Response Team, Fridays and Saturdays, 9am – 12pm. Work alongside Conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails! Task include trail maintenance, building fence, installing signage and more! We work at various locations around the Preserve. No experience needed. 15 and up. Sign up at: www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com