Valentine Reserve's popular summer talks still have some openings this week

Outdoor education director for the Valentine Reserve Leslie Dawson said there is still room on the wildflower walk this Wednesday and Friday (July 13 and 15) and on the Forest talk on Thursday, July 14 and on the history talk on July 16.

The Black Bear talk on Tuesday, July 13 is completely full, she said.

Here's more details.

Wildflowers of Valentine Reserve
July 13 and 15: (same talk each day)
Sherryl Taylor 10:00-12:30 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, violets and fritillary lilies, which will be in seed later in the summer. This class is a wonderful opportunity to spend time walking around the spectacular Valentine Meadow. The hike is moderately strenuous, with a 500’ elevation gain. Bring water, hat and sunscreen.

The Forest of Valentine Reserve
July 14, 29 (same talk each day)
Leslie Dawson 10:00-12:00 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.

Living History-Los Angeles to Valentine Camp in the 1920’s
July 16
Old Timer Ken Irvine 9:00-11:30: easy hike
In the 1920’s some of the most influential men of Los Angeles left the city once a year and came to Valentine Camp to hike and fish. Join Old Timer Ken as he talks about this period. Ken lives in the posh Alexandria Hotel and frequently lunches at the California Club with William Mulholland. He is acquainted with William Valentine (Robinson’s Department Store), Henry O’Melveney (law), William Kerchoff (Southern California Gas), and Joseph Sartori (Security Pacific Bank). Ken is invited to be their guest in 1924 at Valentine Camp. Ken will tell stories about Los Angeles, Old Mammoth, and life with the rich and powerful at Valentine Camp. The group will walk in the Valentine entrance road and around the historic log cabins.

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