Springtime on 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, views of the highest elevation in the county in the bordering Caliente
Range, and a possible walking tour to view the Native American pictographs at Painted
Rock. Tour the Goodwin Education Center. Search for wildlife including tule elk, pronghorn
antelope, antelope ground squirrels and hunting birds of prey. Likely sightings of
raptors include eagles, hawks, harriers, and falcons. The Carrizo is a remnant of
the once vast Central Valley grasslands and home to many endemic, rare and endangered
flora and fauna.
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. 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.
This outdoor class is weather permitting - Dress in warm layers.
Blunt Nosed Lizard ©Steve Schubert
DATES: 1 Saturday, March 28, 2020
- 8:00 - 9:00am - Classroom Lecture
- 9:00am - 6:30pm - Van Field Trip to Carrizo Plain
LOCATION: San Luis Obispo Campus Room 4730 & Carrizo Plain National Monument
INSTRUCTOR: Steve Schubert
QUESTIONS: Contact instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-440-9390
Kangaroo Rats on the Carrizo Plain ©Steve Schubert