CNPS Chapter Council Activities
hosted by South Coast Chapter

FRIDAY 3/1 - Los Angeles and Rancho Palos Verdes
Morning & Lunch
  • 9:00a-11:30 - Field trip: LA Natural History Museum Garden, 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Meet us at 9:00a for a docent-led tour of the garden.  The tour will be led by Daniel Feldman, who has been there since the garden was designed (by Mia Lehrer and Associates, now Studio MLA) and installed and maintained (as habitat for wildlife and as a field site to study urban biodiversity) by Carol Bornstein, our Saturday speaker. Parking complimentary.
  • 11:30a-1:00p - Lunch: Mercado La Paloma 3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Walkable from NHM.
Afternoon - concurrent activities
  • 6:30 pm - Meet and Greet No-host Dinner and Beer: Brouwerij West 110 E 22nd St, San Pedro, CA 90731. Indoor/outdoor brewery with food trucks. We'll have an indoor reserved area. There is usually outdoor musical entertainment. Chilly weather possible.

SATURDAY 3/2 - Mary & Joseph Retreat Center 5300 Crest Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.
Morning & Afternoon
  • 8:00a-5:00p – CHAPTER COUNCIL MEETING Agenda topics tba
    • Light breakfast served at 8:00a
    • Lunch menu tba (pre-registration required).
    • Optional lunch-time walk to the Land Conservancy with views of the coast
  • 5:30p – Dinner and social hour: Menu tba (pre-registration required)
  • 7:00p – Evening talk: Speaker Carol Bornstein
  • 9:00p - Evening concludes

Option 1
  • 6:00a-4:55p - Catalina Island Field Trip
    • Our Hosts - The Catalina Island Conservancy will transport and guide us to island points of interest.  Noon meal is no-host: either catered or at Airport in the Sky Restaurant.
    • Transportation - Catalina Express (ferry) from Long Beach.  To maximize our daylight time on-island, we will leave on the 6:00a ferry from Long Beach, and return on the 3:55p ferry.  We had a few people express dismay at the early hour.  We agree - it's early.  However, we do think it will be worth it and the Conservancy has a full day scheduled for us.
    • How To Sign Up - You must do TWO things: Sign up on the registration form AND reserve a seat on the ferry. Do this ASAP because there is limited seating on the ferry and on the island tour vehicles.  
    • Catalina Overnight Option - with return on Monday. Intrepid botanists and fans of botany are invited to camp the night on the island (first option: at Laura Stein Volunteer Camp, about 6 miiles from the main city of Avalon). The Conservancy will assist. You'll need a sleeping bag, your camping notions, and a pillow. For more info and to participate in the overnight, contact Brent Morgan, who can answer basic questions and pass your contact information on to the Conservancy.
    • Hope For Good Weather - Because bad weather could affect trip.
Option 2
  • 8:00a-11:30a - Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy field trip #2 - Forrestal Preserve with David Berman.
  • 1:00-3:30p - Wild and Scenic Film Festival - Dana Middle School, San Pedro

Other Things To Do - For those staying longer, a list of local attractions...

Council Chair - Judy Fenerty Hosting chapter - Brent Morgan website issues - Larry Levine