Los Serenos

Los Serenos LogoLos Serenos de Point Vicente is a volunteer organization which assists and supports the City of Rancho Palos Verdes' objectives for the Point Vicente Interpretive Center (a museum which features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula), Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, Forrestal Nature Preserve/Ladera Linda Community Center and the Trails at Trump National.  Los Serenos docents and volunteers provide interpretive and educational services to the community regarding the unique features and natural and cultural history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and adjacent waters by means of docent-led tours, special events, workshops and classes.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LOS SERENOS: The Los Serenos de Point Vicente docents were formed in answer to a need created by the opening of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center in 1984. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes, which owns and operates the Center, hired a Recreation Specialist to solicit and train volunteers. The volunteers provide educational information on the natural and cultural history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the migrating Gray whales that could be easily viewed from the Center’s outstanding vantage point by the Center’s many visitors. The first group of 25 volunteers underwent training with local experts on geology, history and marine mammals and after graduation, went to work sharing their enthusiasm and new-found knowledge with local and International visitors. The original class selected the name “Los Serenos de Point Vicente” which means “Night Watchman of Point Vicente” to represent their group. Later the group obtained separate non-profit recognition as a formal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For more information on Los Serenos, please click HERE.

Temporary Closure of Exhibits Starts June 1st

Starting Friday, June 1st, the Point Vicente Interpretive Center (PVIC) will be preparing for two, brand-new exhibits. One of the new exhibits will feature information on whaling, which took place in Portuguese Bend in the 1860s. The second exhibit will highlight the historic 3rd-order Fresnel lens from the Point Vicente Lighthouse. The lighthouse lens is being replaced with a light-emitting diode (LED) and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes has an amazing opportunity to feature the Fresnel lens at PVIC. Due to the nature of the work, a portion of the museum will be closed and no public access will be permitted. The lobby exhibits, Sunset Room, gift shop and park grounds at PVIC will remain open to the public during construction. We anticipate reopening the exhibit area in March 2019.

For updates and more information, please contact PVIC at (310) 544-5375 or pvic@rpvca.gov or visit http://www.rpvca.gov/1095/PVIC-Phase-II.

*Following a rain, check trailalerts.rpvca.gov for closures
Forrestal Nature ReserveSaturday, March 23 (10:00 am) ~ Forrestal Nature Reserve. Walk through the coastal sage scrub habitat and learn about the local geology. With the rains we've had, the plants should be blooming. Enjoy the scenic view of the coastline from the Forrestal terrain. (Moderate to Strenuous; park in the Ladera Linda Community Center Parking Lot.)
Eastern Bluff at Trump NationalSaturday, April 13 (10 am - 4 pm) ~ Join us for the 35th Whale of A Day Celebration at PVIC which is a celebration of the migration of the grey whales from Alaska to Baja, Mexico and back. Enjoy the fun, food, entertainment and education on the PVIC grounds. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun day. The event is free as is the parking (park at City Hall (30940 Hawthorne Blvd.) and take the FREE shuttle to and from PVIC).
trumpSaturday, May 4 (10:00 am) ~ Ocean Trails Reserve (East Bluff & Gnatcatcher Trails). Walk through the coastal sage habitat along the eastern bluff of the Reserve. Enjoy the coastal views, see WW II sites and possible grey whale sightings. Moderate. (Park on La Rotonda Drive at Twin Harbors View Drive - 1st left.)
McBride TrailSunday, May 19 (4:00 pm) - McBride Trail ~ Enjoy this easy walk alolng the McBride Trail featuring spectacular views of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island. Learn about the native coastal sage scrub habitat along with a lesson on the rich history of the Palos Verdes Area click HERE for a map with parking instructions on the back of the 2018 Hike Schedule). NOTE: For those seeking a challenge, we will also be offering a strenuous docent-led hike on the Three Sisters Trail starting at the same location. (Parking instructions are on the back of the 2019 Hike Schedule Map.)
Beginning of Alta Vicente TrailSaturday, June 8 (10:00 am) ~ Alta Vicente Reserve ~ Walk the Alta Vicente Trail through coastal sage habitat. See WWII and cold war installations, visit one of the original Japanese farms, enjoy the wildflowers and spectacular coastal views. Meet at the RPV City Hall parking lot. (Moderate to strenuous.)
For the complete 2019 Hike Schedule, please click HERE.  [Note: Rain cancels. Following a rain, check trailalerts.rpvca.gov for closures]
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