Los Serenos


Point Vicente Interpretive Center
Now Open Until 5 PM Daily

Following the completion of the facility's repairs, the Point Vicente Interpretive Center museum has fully reopened with access restored to the main entrance. The gift shop has relocated to its permanent location in the museum lobby. Both the museum and gift shop are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Thank you for your patience.

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.

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*Following a rain, check trailalerts.rpvca.gov for closures
NOTE: Parking at Abalone Cove is extremely limited; carpooling is highly recommended
McBride TrailSunday, May 21, 1:00 pm ~ McBride Trail ~ Enjoy this easy walk along the McBride Trail, featuring spectacular panoramic 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 Flyer Map parking instructions)
Beginning of Alta Vicente TrailSaturday, June 17, 9:00 am ~ Alta Vicente Reserve ~ As we explore the native coastal sage scrub habitat, we will also have the unique opportunity to see concrete observation stations built in the late 1920s to support the 14” guns at Ft. MacArthur, view what remains of a dual 6” gun battery built during WWll and visit one of the best preserved Cold War-era Nike missile launch sites in the country. Moderate to Strenuous (Park and meet at the RPV City Hall)

George F CanyonSunday, July 23, 1:00 pm ~ 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 – Click HERE for Flyer Map instructions)

trumpSunday, August 20, 1:00 pm ~ Ocean Trails Reserve (Lakeview & Catalina Trails) ~ Walk the public trail system and enjoy the vistas and summer blooming habitat. Learn about the fascinating history of the golf course property. Easy. (Park and meet in lot at the end of La Rotonda Drive)
Beach Clean UpSaturday, September 16, 9 am - noon ~ Abalone Cove Shoreline Park (Coastal Cleanup Day) ~ International Coastal Cleanup Day. Bring the family to help clean the beach and to learn about ocean conservation. Note: Parking fee is waived for event participants
Sunday, October 22, 1:00 pm ~ Ocean Trails Reserve (Sunrise/Sunset Trails) ~ Walk the switchback trail to the beach. Learn about local geology and fall blooming habitat. Also learn about the Japanese farming of the area that began around 1900 and the founding of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. Moderate. (Park to left of Trump National Club House in public lot at end of Trump National Drive)
Abalone coveSunday, November 26, 1:00 pm ~ Abalone Cove Shoreline Park* ~ Tour the tide pools teeming with fascinating marine life. (Parking Fee – See below.) Moderate to Strenuous
Abalone coveSunday, December 10, 12:00 pm ~ Abalone Cove Shoreline Park* ~ Tour the tide pools teeming with fascinating marine life. (Parking Fee – See below.) Moderate to Strenuous
*Wear sturdy shoes as part of the walk will be on cobblestones. All nature walks take approximately 2 hours. Wear sun protection and bring water. Call 310-544-5375 for more information and/or directions or visit our website at http://www.losserenos.org

*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

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