Take advantage of a free opportunity to see some of the publically-owned wetlands in Los Angeles County. The nature hike of the Hellman Ranch Lowlands takes place on Saturday, November 3rd starting at 8 a.m.
Ecologists will share the history of these wetlands and plans for the future. The two-hour hike begins on the inland side of the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and 1st Street, at the border of Long Beach and Seal Beach.
The last time I went on this hike we saw a blue and white Kingfisher, heard the songs of Meadow Larks and had a close encounter with a coyote. We learned about the history of the area and plans for its future. We learned how the Tongva Native Americans made use of the resources provided by the wetlands. We observed the tidal flow from the wetlands to and from the ocean as well as the seasonal ponds. I especially enjoyed the walkway that goes along the border between the Heron Pointe neighborhood and the wetlands. There are many native plants. Educational placards are found along the walk.