Here's the lineup of summer programs planned at the Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center in Ojai in 2016:
Aug 20 11:00 am Southwestern Herpetological Society, will present live and impressive lizards and snakes and give advice on which reptile to pick as a pet. Donations are adults $3, youth 5-18 $2, and under 5 free.
Aug 27 11:00 am Into the Wild (Naturalists) - This program will cover respecting and protecting wildlife in our local forest. You will also learn about birds and their flyways, venomous reptiles, poisonous plants and how to identify them. You will learn about food chains and ecosystems and how humans have changed the balance of nature. Reservations required. Alexa Hohensee. Fee for both youth and adult is $3.00 to cover cost of materials.
Aug 27 1:00 pmInto the Woods (Forester) - Discover how mankind and animals depend upon and use the trees and plants found in our forest s. Reservations required. Gordie Hemphill Pres. LPFA Ojai Chapter and scouter. Fee for both youth and adult is $3.00 to cover cost of materials.
Sept 3, 11:00am Saving the California Condors - What issues face this most endangered species and can they truly be returned to the wild to live on their own? A presentation and items displayed by members of the Friends of the California Condor Free and Wild. Vince Gerwe/Bill Friends of the California Condor. Donations are adults $3, youth 5-18 $2, and under 5 free.
Sept 10 11:00 am Rescuing Ocean Animals - Wildlife rescuer Ron Barrett, with the Channel Island Marine and Wildlife Institute, will present information and insights on sea lions, seals, otters and other animals found sick or injured. What you should do and not do when you find an animal stranded on the beach. Donations are adults $3, youth 5-18 $2, and under 5 free, and under 5 free.
Sept 17 11:00 am Amazing World of Bears - Kelley Swedlow, Wheeler Gorge Docent, will present information about our brown and black bears, and the many other types of bears found around the world. Donations are adults $3, youth 5-18 $2, and under 5 free.
Sept 24 11:00 am Storytelling of the Chumash - Julie is an amazing and engaging storyteller. She will share stories of death and resurrection, stories still alive today with lessons reinforced by a look in the night skies or a walk in the wilderness. Particular sharing will be The Story of Anucwa and The Boys Who Turned to Geese. Hear stories of Woodpecker, Blue jay, Coyote and Others. Learn to look at plants and stones in a different ways. Julie Tumamait – Chumash Elder Donations are adults $3, youth 5-18 $2, and under 5 free.