Nighttime on the Carrizo Plain
Photo: Temblor Range Panorama by Steve Schubert
Explore the alkali sink, desert scrub and adjacent grasslands plant communities bordering Soda Lake within the 250,000 acres of Carrizo Plain National Monument, in eastern San Luis Obispo County. Observe native flora and fauna, including bird watching and native plant identification, search for the reintroduced herds of tule elk and pronghorn antelope, take in the view from Overlook Hill above Soda Lake and enjoy the sunset watch while following the trace of the San Andreas Fault along the foothills of the Temblor Range. Drive the remote roads in the evening searching for nocturnally active wildlife, including hunting barn owl and burrowing owl, endangered giant kangaroo rat and San Joaquin kit fox, jackrabbit, desert cottontail, and possible badger and coyote sightings. Bring snacks, water and a picnic dinner. Field guides, binoculars, cameras and flashlights recommended.
Van transportation provided. A $2 parking permit is required to leave your vehicle on campus during the field trip.
This outdoor class is weather permitting - Dress in warm layers
How much walking? Short uphill walk from parking lot to Overlook Hill and 1/2 mile along the Soda Lake boardwalk. Walk to the trace of the San Andreas Fault at famous Wallace Creek offset about 1 mile round trip.
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 contact all registered students.