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Thu, Jun 08


Lomita Library (parking lot)

Lomita Library Coastal Transit to Trails: Using Nature Journaling to Understand the Past

Looking to spend time near the coast during this cooling June gloom (right before the heat swings by!) and nature journal alongside breathtaking views, well join us Saturday, June 8, 2023 for a stroll to the coast at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and Reserve!

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Lomita Library Coastal Transit to Trails: Using Nature Journaling  to Understand the Past
Lomita Library Coastal Transit to Trails: Using Nature Journaling  to Understand the Past

Time & Location

Jun 08, 2023, 10:00 AM – 4:40 PM

Lomita Library (parking lot), 24200 Narbonne Ave, Lomita, CA 90717, USA


About the Event

To better prepare for our trip, we are asking participants to allocate 5-10 mins to read the following information.

Meet up location: Lomita Library (parking lot area near Lomita City Hall) at 10:00am

  • Upon arrival, CNC staff will assist community members to check-in and  fill out program waivers. Once everyone is signed in, we will shift into an opening circle and then dive into an ice breaker. We will then board a bus and make our way to Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, which will take about 1 hour (depending on traffic). Please bring a mask to use during our bus ride to and from Lomita Library.
  • As soon as we arrive at Abalone Cove, we will provide time for a restroom break, for those who need it, then head towards our tabling area to start the day. CNC programming staff will lead us into a Land Awareness, review what the day will look like, and help us familiarize with the space. Program Coordinator Zee Zetino will then present the group with a team building activity. After our community building activity, lunch will take place.
  • Once lunch is over, CNC programming staff will lead a stroll on the trail that leads to the shore, and once we get to the entrance of this trail CNC programming staff will lead an interpretive talk to understand the past history of Abalone Cove around the docuemntation of nature and the Native Indigenous relationships to the coast. After the interpretive program by the entrance, we will hike down to the shore for nature observations; the hike will consist of approximately less than a mile with several declines, the trail is mostly a dirt path with some rocky terrain, eventually we will cross a short bridge and continue on the trail towards the tide pools. Before reaching the tide pool, the terrain changes into an extremely rocky shore, keep in mind when we navigate through this space you will need comfortable shoes to pass through the rocky shore.
  • Once we get to the shore we will practice safety by not giving our backs to the ocean and carefully step around the space. Please note rocks in the tidepool area will be slippery, so in order to have a joyful experience, we recommend bringing closed toe shoes that are comfortable and okay to get wet and if bring sandles please keep in mind to use these by the sand and not on the rocky shore. Staff will guide us through the space and we will get to observe all the cool creatures found in the space, while making sure we respect all life and leave any rocks and shells behind. After our nature observation, we will hike back to the tabling area where we initiated the program, please keep in mind the hike back will consist of a 144 ft elevation. Once we arrive back to the top of the park we will partake in a nature journaling activity. We will then wrap up our day and end with a closing circle and board the bus to head back to Lomita Library.


We expect Abalone Cove, Rancho Palos Verdes to be low clouds followed by some sun with a high of 68° and low temperatures at 63° with increasing clouds as the day gets cooler (subject to change), so please layer up with thin layers that can easily be added or removed (think of layers like an onion)!!

What to Bring:

A nice filling lunch, closed toe shoes, possibly sandles for the water, enough water (at least 2, 16 oz of water), a backpack to carry your belongings, a blanket/towel to sit on, and curiosity for the ocean.

Important Reminders:

  • Please arrive at Lomita Library on time (5-10 mins early) to ensure that you are able to board the bus and join us.
  • When registering for this event, make sure to add your correct email and phone number, so that you can receive more details of what to expect on our trip and any recent program changes. Transit to Trails programming is FREE, so please remember to use the coupon code: ABALONElomita that was provided to register for our trip!
  • We will be together from 10:00am-4:40pm (approximately 7 hours)
  • Wear comfortable/close-toed shoes (We will be strolling along a trail for 2 hours)
  • Your shoes may get wet and sandy if we are able to explore the tide pools
  • Bring proper layers for weather that can range from; sunny and warm to protect you from UV sun rays; to cloudy and chilly to keep you nice and warm
  • CNC recommends entering the water only up to your ankles; to be safe and comfortable for the rest of the day
  • CNC is not responsible if you choose to submerge yourself in the water. It is up to your own discretion and comfort
  • There will be a lifeguard on duty in case of an emergency
  • Be prepared to be/move around rocks and sand for most of our time at Abalone Cove

If you have any access needs to make your trip as comfortable as possible or if you need to communicate anything to CNC staff to ensure a pleasurable experience during our Transit to Trails, please reach out to our Program Coordinator Zee Zetino, AND as soon as possible.

Please familiarize yourself with the following: 

Covid Guidelines 

Wavier & Photo Release Form

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