The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine and El Dorado Nature Center offers plenty of opportunities for enjoyment and involvement this summer. From concerts to cleanups, there is something for everyone. Located at 7550 East Spring St. in Long Beach, the Nature Center offers many opportunities to learn about, help protect and enjoy our environment.
Special Events include:
• Summer Concerts
Cultural Rhythms. Celebrate summer at the Nature Center every third Wednesday with music. July 16 will reflect the music of the Celts. August 20 will give us an opportunity to share Cambodian traditions and September 17 will bring a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concerts are from 7 to 8 p.m. Bring low chairs or blankets and an earth-friendly picnic dinner. Call 570-1745 for more information.
• Reptile Show
Free family fun. Sleek and smooth, or bumpy and rough, you’ll see all kinds of snakes, lizards and amphibians at the Nature Center on June 29, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sponsored by Southern California Herpetology Society. Call 570-1745 for more information.
• An independence from Litter
Because of its unique geography, Long Beach faces on-going beach trash and marine debris challenges. Litter, mostly from upstream, compromises our enjoyment of the seashore and our health. The public is invited to meet at Belmont Pier on July 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. to help declare “Independence from Litter!” Call 570-1746 for more information.
• Children’s Day
Remember the times before TV and video games? Join the Nature Center on July 12 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. for an adventure in imagination. Bring the family and rediscover the freedom of playing in nature as you look for bugs, build a fort or just simply lie in the grass and look at the sky.
• Discovery Day
Ever wonder what is living under the logs, or hiding in the mud of the stream? Come dig, dip and delve into the mysteries hidden at the Nature Center on August 23 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. and find out for yourself.
• 2008 International Coastal Cleanup
Join citizens from around the world to clean up our beaches and wetlands. Cleanup will take place at beaches throughout the city on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. until noon. For more information, and group registration, call 570-1746.
Volunteer Environmental activities include:
• 1st Saturday Stewards
Join Nature Center staff and dozens of other volunteers in cleaning the stream, clearing the trails, pulling weeds or painting the benches. The event takes place Saturday, July 5 and August 12, from 10 a.m. to noon.
• Adopt a Wetland
Are you looking for a fun and easy way to give back to the environment and your community? Learn more about fragile wetland habitats and how to protect them. Third Saturday of each month: 10 a.m. – noon, call for directions. May 17 – Dunster Marine Reserve; June 21 – Goldenshore; July 19 – Sims Pond; Aug. 16 – Colorado Lagoon.19.
Call the Nature Center at (562) 570-1745 for more information about any of their programs. For information on other Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, call (562) 570-3100 or visit www.lbparks.org.