A free nature walk of the Los Cerritos Wetlands is offered from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 2nd. The hike takes place on the Hellman Ranch Lowlands. Eric and Taylor, ecologists, will guide the walk. This walk is appropriate for families.
This nature hike offers something for everyone. The last time I went on this hike we saw a blue and white Kingfisher, heard the songs of Meadow Larks and the rare Belding’s savannah sparrow. We learned about the history of the area and plans for its future. We learned how the Tongva Native Americans made use of wetland resources for building materials and food supplies. 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.
The entrance to the wetlands is on the inland side of the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and 1st Street, just at the border of Long Beach and Seal Beach. There is ample parking.