Los Serenos

Parks and Nature Preserve Closed

Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidance from state and local health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 23, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes announced the closure of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, all City parks, beaches, community centers, amenities and trails until further noticeAll park buildings, playgrounds, parking lots, restrooms, game courts, and fields are closed. All park programming has been canceled until further notice. This includes all recreational activities, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, instructional courses, and group sessions/private events.

The closures are in accordance with a local emergency proclamation adopted by the City Council last week and come after City Staff and Park Rangers observed a high volume of visitors to City parks and the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve despite the “Safer at Home” Public Health Officer Order calling for social distancing.

For a full list of closures, read a press release at: bit.ly/2UexWwo

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.

*Following a rain, check trailalerts.rpvca.gov for closures
Eastern Bluff at Trump NationalSaturday, April 18 (10 am - 4 pm) ~ Join us for the 36th 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). WOAD HAS BEEN CANCELLED!
George F CanyonSaturday, May 2 (10:00 am) ~ George F Canyon Nature Preserve. Wander along a willow-filled canyon stream with native coastal sage scrub habitat. Look down on one of the only areas on the mainland where one can view Catalina schist ~ the bedrock that underlies most of the Los Angeles area. Visit the Nature Center to learn more about the local habitat and history. (Level: Easy) Park in the lot for the hiking trail off Palos Verdes Drive East.
trumpSaturday, May 30 (9:00 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.)
Beginning of Alta Vicente TrailSaturday, June 27 (9:00 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.)
PVIC - Vicente Bluff - Lighthouse TourSaturday, July 11 (10:00 am) ~ PVIC / Vicente Bluffs Reserve / PV Lighthouse ~ The Los Serenos Docents will give a guided tour through the Point Vicente Interpretive Center museum, the native plant garden and a walk along the spectacular bluff top at the Vicente Bluffs Reserve. A tour of the Point Vicente Lighthouse hosted by the Coast Guard Auxillary is also included. Level: Easy.
McBride TrailSunday, July 19 (3:00 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. 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.)
trumpSaturday, August 29 (10:00 am) ~ Ocean Trails Reserve at Trump National Golf Course (Lakeview & Catalina Trails) ~ Walk the public trail system and enjoy the vistas and blooming habitat. This is an easy hike. (Meet in the lot located at the end of La Rotonda Drive).
Beach Clean UpSaturday, September 19 (9 am - Noon) ~ Abalone Cove Shoreline Park (International Coastal Clean Up Day)  ~ Bring the family to help clean the beach. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. This is a moderate to strenuous hike – wear sturdy shoes. (Parking fee is waived for event participants.)
Saturday, October 3 (3:00 pm) ~ Ocean Trails Reserve (Sunrise/Sunset Trails). Walk the switchback trail to the beach and learn about our local geology and fall blooming habitat. Be sure to stay and watch the sunset from beautiful Founders Park. Moderate. (Park in the public lot at the end of Trump National Drive located to the left of the club house).
Abalone coveSunday, November 29 (2:00 pm) ~ Abalone Cove Shoreline Park. Come walk off some of that turkey and pecan pie! Tour the tide pools teeming with facinating marine life. This is a moderate to strenuous hike and you should wear sturdy shoes as part of the hike will be on cobble stones.

Abalone Cove Parking: First 30 Minutes FREE; 30 Minutes to 2 hours $6; Over 2 Hours $12; Buses $55; Seniors 62+ and Handicapped are FREE year-round

For the complete 2020 Hike Schedule and maps, please click HERE (this is a two-page PDF file with a map on the 2nd page to the park locations.) [Note: Rain cancels. Following a rain, check trailalerts.rpvca.gov for closures].
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