RESCHEDULED DATE May 13th, 2023, Saturday, 10:00 am, Santa Rita Ranch, located near the intersection of Old Creek Rd. and Hwy 46, west of Templeton, CA. Meet at the ranch at 10:00 am, or join in a carpool from San Luis Obispo at 9:15 am. Retired Cal Poly professor and author David Keil and Senior Restoration Ecologist Lindsey Roddick of the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County will be our guides. Santa Rita Ranch is one of the land holdings of the Land Conservancy of SLO Co.
Participants will need to RSVP by May 7th to be included in this outing by emailing Bill Waycott at email address below to reserve a spot (please put “Santa Rita Ranch” in the subject line).
Rain or threat of rain cancels or postpones the trip. Bring water, snacks, hat, sturdy shoes, and dress in layers for changing weather.
This historic ranch west of Templeton includes 1700-acres of actively grazed grasslands, oak woodlands, riparian forests, the upper watershed of Santa Rita Creek which drains to the Salinas River, a large lake, and even some serpentine outcrops. The property provides habitat and wildlife corridors for bear, pumas, bobcats and other wildlife and is currently open to the public only on docent-led hikes.
Registered participants will be sent the specific meeting location on Old Creek Road south of Highway 46. You must be on time to get in the gate and it will be locked behind us so no-one can leave early. There will also be a carpools from the locations and times indicated below.
SAN LUIS OBISPO – meet at 9:15am at Santa Rosa Park (corner of Oak and Santa Rosa Streets, 35.289530, -120.665144). Text Bill for info: (805) 459-2103.
CAMBRIA – meet at 9:20am at the Vet’s Hall Parking lot (1000 Main St, 35.564667, -121.096652). Contact Dave K: (805) 459-9007.
LOS OSOS/MORRO BAY – Contact David or Linda: (805) 528-0914