Natural History of the Carrizo Plain
Photo: Temblor Range Panorama by Steve Schubert
Explore the expansive 246,000 acre Carrizo Plain National Monument in southeast San Luis Obispo County, viewing spectacular wildflower displays among grasslands, vernal pools, and desert scrub habitats. Geographic features and scenic vistas include Overlook Hill, the salt playa of Soda Lake, trace of the San Andreas Fault along the base of the Temblor Range, Native American pictographs at Painted Rock, and the highest elevation in the county in the bordering Caliente Range. Visit the Goodwin Education Center. Likely sightings of raptors include eagles, hawks and falcons. Search for wildlife including tule elk, pronghorn antelope, antelope ground squirrels and giant kangaroo rats. The Carrizo is a remnant of the once vast Central Valley grasslands and home to many endemic, rare and endangered flora and fauna.
NOTE: Bring a sack lunch and picnic dinner, snacks, water, binoculars, and field guide references. Dress warm in layers. Easy to moderate hiking conditions on level and gently sloped terrain. Van transportation provided.
8- 9am classroom meeting/lecture
9am- 7:30pm. field trip along Hwy. 58 to the Carrizo Plain
A $2 parking permit is required to leave your vehicle on campus during the field trip
see website at:https://www.blm.gov/visit/carrizo-plain-national-monument
WEATHER POLICY…If a class is canceled due to safety or weather issues, students will be notified by Cuesta Community Program….the class will be rescheduled or full refunds will be given. If the class or program is on the weekend, the instructor will make the decision and call all registered.