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Doheny Update

November 2021

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Doheny State Beach Autumn Harvest Event

First time event this year!

Date and Time:  Saturday, November 20, 10:00 am – Noon
Meeting Location:  Doheny State Beach Campfire Center (located in northernmost corner of the campground)
Details: This event starts with a Native American Talk and then follows up with autumn-themed arts and crafts along with nature and cultural games.
Cost and Where to Park:  There is no charge for this event. Participants who drive to the park can pay 2-hour/$6.00 at pay stations and park just past the campground (walk into campground)
What to Bring:  No need to bring anything just yourself, family, and friends!
 
For additional information or questions, please contact Park Naturalist Vicki at vwiker@parks.ca.gov

Thank you Dana Wharf Whale Watching!

Our members had a magical evening on the water and saw an incredible number of dolphins at play.  We appreciate getting together to share the beauty off our coast.

Extra Pop Up Days This Month!

The Visitor Center Pop Up Shop will be on the boardwalk:

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
10 am - 4 pm*

*weather permitting

Additional days this month:

Thursday, Nov 11 (Veterans Day)
Wednesday, Nov 24


Youth sweatshirts pictured
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Thank you to the Girl Scouts working on their Silver Award for the new Campground Lending Library!
Let the rain begin now that the beach is clean!
by Doheny Park Naturalist Vicki
 
     I’m sure most of you have noticed how warm that it’s been and how little rain that we’ve had this last year.  Scientists are forecasting a La Nina year which means lots of rain north and northeast of California, however, very little raindrops anticipated for our part of the nation.  Funny thing is, it feels as though if I pray to the weather Gods and schedule a beach cleanup, alas, the rain seems to magically come!!  And yes, in a few days that’s exactly what is coming our way at last…lots and lots of rain!  Well, maybe not as much as Central California but, hey, we’ll take what we can get.
     All this excitement of much needed rain has triggered this emotion of gratitude in me.  Not only for the rain but, also for all of the incredible volunteers that I have been blessed to work with for all of these years. I have worked with thousands of people through the years on beach cleanups, planting projects, Scouts projects, parades, camp hosts, interpretive programs and events, and of course, our beautiful Visitors Center docents.  I tell people that our stellar volunteers have allowed us to do such amazing things at Doheny and without them, we surely could have not been so productive for all of these years!  I could name names (ha ha!!) but, I probably would fill quite a few pages full so, I’ll just send a group hug to all of you as you know who you are and how much I appreciate you!
     My latest behind the scene volunteer project was created by Jeanette Shue who created clever plastic-based marine debris artwork that made its debut at the Ohana Festival a few weeks back…incredible!! Jeanette also painted these breathtaking rocks that I’m supposed to be placing at some of the new trees and gardens around the park. Well, let me tell you, they are so beautiful that I don’t want to part with them until she told me that she has another box full.  So, I guess that it’s time for me to gently place them in secret spots around Doheny to spread the volunteer love!  I’m not going to tell you where so you can get out to check out some new “Pollinator Patch” native gardens that I am installing to attract and protect those pollinators (thanks DSBF for supporting my vision!).
     Now that the days are getting shorter and the sun is almost setting (the full Hunter moon should be on the rise on my pedal home), I guess that it’s time for me to bid you farewell for now!  May all of you enjoy the lovely rain and all of the magic that it creates in its aftermath now that the creek and the beach has been cleaned…rejoice…Water is Life!
Some lovely native pollinators that Park Naturalist Vicki recently planted at Restroom C.  
We are so thankful for the support of our members and volunteers throughout the year!  
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