Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Discover the Arroyo Seco

Lace on some hiking boots and enjoy the Arroyo Seco!

The Parks and Natural Resources Division of the Public Works Department will hots a series of free events this month to help you explore the past, present and future of one of Pasadena's most popular natural areas.

Environmental educator Mickey Long will offer an illustrated presentation about the Arroyo Seco ecosystem Friday, March 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at La Casita del Arroyo, 177 S. Arroyo Blvd. Which plants and animals live here, where do they hide and why is that important to us?

The event will continue Saturday, March 7, with a leisurely stroll through the Arroyo Seco from 8 to 11 a.m. You'll touch and smell plants to discover how texture and scent ensure their survival, explore the habits of local critters and find clues letting us know they exist. The walk will begin at the Lower Arroyo parking (enter at Arroyo Boulevard and Norwood Drive).

Historian and author Elizabeth Pomeroy will detail the Arroyo Seco's rich history Friday, March 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at La Casita del Arroyo. She'll trace early humans' use of the stream, from the days of the Tongva Indians to the settlers who valued the area as an ideal spot for agriculture, recreation and simple living.

This event will continue Saturday, March 21, from 8 to 11 a.m. with a walk through the Arroyo Seco where Pomeroy will point out traces of old buildings and dams, and provide a glimpse into the Arroyo Seco's history.

You can attend all of these events or any portion of them, including walks without the lectures or vice versa. Best of all, they're free!

Take a look here for more information or call (626) 744-4321.


Cafe Pasadena said...

Thank for this very nice public info, PIO!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

This looks like fun. Also, there's going to be a Arroyo Seco clean up day through Friends of the LA River. May 9th

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