Doheny Update
APRIL 2022


Join Naturalist Vicki Wiker for the following fun Earth Day Projects

“Earth Day Arts and Crafts” on Saturday, April 9, at 11:00 am
Let’s celebrate Earth Month with some arts and craft projects that you can 
decorate your home or bedroom as a commitment to loving Mother Earth!
 Meeting Location:  Doheny State Beach Campfire Center in campground

“Earth Day Beach and Creek Cleanup” on Saturday, April 16, at 9:00 am
Last weekend we decorated, now let’s do some beach and creek spring cleaning! Thank you for bringing along either work or gardening gloves, a refill water dispenser, and dress for weather.  We will provide reuse trash bags, drinking water, and light snacks. Complimentary parking passes are given at check-in and are valid until 12:30 pm upon completion of cleanup.
Meeting Location:  Picnic tables along boardwalk adjacent to lifeguard headquarters/San Juan creek river mouth

“Earth Day Native Planting Project” on Saturday, April 23, at 9:00 am Come help us beautify a planter mound with a variety of colorful California native plants to attract pollinators to Doheny by providing a vital habitat and nectar source!  Thank you for bringing along your favorite shovel, gardening gloves, and a refill water dispenser.  Don’t forget to dress for getting dirty!  Complimentary parking passes are given at check-in table and are valid until 12:30 upon project completion.  A special note of appreciation to the Ohana Festival for supporting this crucial restoration project.
Meeting Location:  Picnic tables adjacent to picnic sites A/B (green canopies across from Doheny’s park entrance)
Visitor Center & Aquarium Hours
The Visitor Center/Aquarium is currently open Thursday-Sunday 10-4 .  We will post visitor hours as more are added as summer approaches.  Join Volunteer Kip Kinnings on Saturdays and our other Volunteer Docents on Sunday for a personal tour.  He has given hundreds of tours since reopening and has a vast knowledge of the Aquarium.  Come and try to find the two Horn Sharks who are nocturnal and hide among the rocks.  The Center will be closed on April 17 for Easter Sunday.

Want to be a part of the fun?  We are always looking for volunteers.  For more information go to 
Visitor Center & Aquarium Updates
June 25-26, 2022
We are accepting applications from surf and ocean related vendors for the 2022 Doheny Surf & Art Festival. Interested in joining the celebration of Doheny's surf history? Click here for details.

Corporate sponsors, please contact us at
DOHENY PARK STORE POP UP is located on the boardwalk just north of the bike rental.  We are open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10-4 (weather permitting).  Stop by and say Hi and get your favorite Doheny goods and gear.  We have great Easter Basket items, so hop on down!

Springtime in February?
Showers in March bring more Flowers in April!
By Doheny Park Naturalist Vicki

Happy Springtime Everyone...I hope that all of you are enjoying the New Year so far! I am back to work after stepping away (ha ha) for foot surgery at the end of December. I must be honest, it was an interesting experience wearing the little post-surgery sandal while rehabbing and I am going to be even more honest! I didn’t feel any pain whatsoever until I had to walk without my beloved sandal...ouch! However, back to my story!

I tried to keep my body strong by taking little walks on the nature trails one step at a time. Yes, it was a slow process but, sometimes life has a way of slowing one down and in quiet reflection, I really believe it is a blessing, at least for me. I was able to see Mother Nature receive heavy rain and then the evolution of dormant California natives go from brown to green to bud and ultimately to blossom. Flower by flower, one step at a time, like me! I knew that February was an early month to celebrate spring, however, I also know that we cannot control Mother Nature (remember that mantra?!). I relished in it by documenting each blossom with pictures each week.

Funny thing is that California native flora and fauna is so painfully misunderstood. People look at the brown hills in the summertime and think that it is a dead landscape, however, it’s not “dead” at all just, merely resting patiently for rain, misty fog, or some other minute source of water. I love it...let nature once again teach us a lesson in patience!

Fast forward to this last week in March and alas, the high pressure has finally been conquered by the low with springtime rain on the horizon throughout the week...yeah, patience has paid off! Perhaps this rain will create another springtime blossom with some of the natives that didn’t bloom last time around. Or maybe, just maybe, it will create some sort of super bloom somewhere throughout the State like the Poppy Reserve or Anza Borrego? Wouldn’t that be amazing?!

For me, I am so grateful for this late in the season rain as it will prepare the ground for my Earth Day project this year scheduled for Saturday, April 23, at picnic site A/B. I finalized my list of California natives with Tree of Life nursery last week with a colorful array of pollinators to attract and encourage the Monarch butterflies to visit Doheny State Beach. It’s going to be beautiful thanks to a most generous donation from the Ohana Festival family who visualized a lovely Cove to welcome park visitors! Additionally, I would like to thank Lori Coble for supporting my efforts to beautify Doheny through these volunteer projects.

Okay, off I go into the rain with a heart full of gratitude for a rainy day. After all, water is life! I have some fun things planned for the year so, I hope that you have some time to join me...Happy Trails Everyone!

Board President KC Kinnings wanted to share this quote:  
"Everything you can imagine is real. "
Pablo Picasso
Upcoming Events
May 12 5pm Membership BBQ
May 14 Noon-3:30 Tidepool Exploration
May 21 9am Springtime Beach & Creek Cleanup
June 14-18 First Annual California State Parks Week (Various Activities TBA)
June 20 10:30am Junior Rangers & Campfire Programs
June 25 & 26 Surf Fest 9am-5pm 
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