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April 13 – April 18, 2015

National Library Week at Maidu Museum

Maidu Museum and Historic Site

Roseville, CA

Show your Roseville Public Library Card to enjoy free admission all week long in celebration of National Library Week, including our Campfire event. Regular museum hours are Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. Campfire Friday, April 17 from 7:30pm-8:30pm.


April 14, 2015, 1:00pm-5:30pm

Archaeological Genetics- 1st Annual Research Conference

UCSC Archaeological Research Center

UC Santa Cruz, Porter College, George P. Hitchcock Lounge

The analysis of ancient DNA found in archaeological contexts has propelled our understanding of the evolution of our species, how biology and culture coevolved, how environmental changes impacted on past ecosystems and how disease evolved and spread throughout the ancient world.

This is a public research conference. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required. Visit arc.ucsc.edu/ARCGenetics.html


April 16 – 21, 2015

TOUR KNOWING BAJA CALIFORNIA

Tecate Community Museum

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April 16, 2015, 6:30pm                                

Losing Ground: History of the land struggles of the Cahuilla Indians; their challenges and hurdles in proving land rights to water resources; and the Displacement of San Gorgonio Pass Cahuilla People in the 19th Century.                             

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

The Portola Center

Palm Desert, CA

Betty Meltzer – Author, Teacher, Historian

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April 17, 2015 and May 15, 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Symposium: “Challenges to Joshua Tree National Park”

Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Bell Center, Copper Mountain College

April 17, 2015 Climate Change Response

Panelists: Cameron Barrows, Research Scientsist, UC Riverside, Ian James, Investiga­tive Reporter, The Desert Sun and JTNP Resource Staff

May 15, 2015 Putting It All Together – Achievable Action Items

Panelists: David Smith, Superintendent, JTNP, April Sall, The Wildlands Conservancy

Each event is Free, but pre-registration is required.

Register at www.joshuatree.org


April 18, 2015, 9:30am – 3:00pm

7th Annual Coachella Valley Archaeological Society Symposium

College of the Desert’s Pollock Theatre

This year’s theme is SACRED PLACES AND EARTHLY REMAINS. Many great presentations, exhibits/displays – Free admission – Partial list of presenters: Will Blodgett, Daniel McCarthy, Leslie Mouriquand, Phil de Barros, Ellen Hardy, and Larea Lewis.    Michael Mirelez and the Torres-Martinez bird singers and Anne Hamilton  (Mountain Cahuilla) will be there for our Blessing.

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April 18, 2015, 2:00pm    

The Pan-Pacific International Exposition

Saratoga Historical Foundation

Federated Church, Saratoga CA

Laura Ackley will give a special presentation on the Pan-Pacific International Exposition in Saratoga. The talk will cover, “New Technology at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition”.

Cost to attend the lecture for everyone is $5. Afterwards people can walk across the street to the museum and see the exhibit on the PPIE and enjoy light refreshments. The exhibit at the Saratoga History Museum (20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road) includes information about Saratoga’s involvement in the PPIE.   Ackley’s book, San Francisco’s Jewel City will also be on sale after the lecture and Ackley will autograph copies. 


April 18, 2015, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Night Out at the Museum

Maidu Museum and Historic Site

Roseville, CA

Plant Walk by Sage LaPena, Clinical and Traditional Native American Herbalist. Opening reception for the “Annual Native Youth Art Show.” Featuring art by the Sierra Native Alliance, California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, and United Auburn Indian Community youth groups. Museum doors open at 6:30pm. Program starts at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available. FREE Event.

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April 22-26, 2015 

Gold Nugget Days Celebration

Gold Nugget Museum

Paradise, CA

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April 24, 2015, 7:30pm

In the Realm of Three-Hummingbird: Doing Historical Archaeology in the Chontal Highlands of Southern Mexico

San Diego County Archaeological Society

San Diego, CA

Danny Zborover will present the past of the Chontal people of Oaxaca, Mexico, one of the most obscure chapters in Mesoamerican history. Early colonial accounts of this indigenous group were extremely derogatory, while heavily influencing contemporary authors. Recent archaeological, historical, and ethnographic investigations in the region are now correcting these ethnocentric biases and reveal a highly dynamic picture of interregional interactions before and after the Spanish conquest. This presentation will also highlight the various collaborative efforts to incorporate the Chontal host communities within the ongoing research. 

Danny Zborover is a historical archaeologist specializing in Mesoamerican literate societies. He received his master’s degree from the University of Leiden and his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary, and is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UCSD. He participated in various archaeological projects in Mexico in the states of Oaxaca, Chihuahua, and Campeche, as well as others in Ecuador, Peru, Canada, and Israel.

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April 25, 2015, 10:00am-2:00pm

Yomen: A Spring Celebration

Maidu Museum and Historic Site

Roseville, CA

Celebrate and experience California Indian culture with traditional native dance groups, native storytelling, honoring of elders, guided trail tours, children’s activities, cultural demonstrations, native non-profit information booths, native plant walk, and craft fair. Indian tacos and other foods available for sale. FREE event.

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April 25, 2015, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Captain Robert S. Wells – Lecture and Booksigning

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

San Diego, CA

In December 1874, nearly 400 Chinese passengers died when a coal fire broke out on the SS Japan as it was crossing the South China Sea, just hours before it would have arrived in Hong Kong. The remnants of the ship’s wreckage (and some of its treasure) still sit at the bottom of the sea. Capt. Wells has compiled enough lost documents and survivors’ accounts to determine the ship’s final resting place and has resurrected the voices of its passengers whose lives straddled the declining Qing Dynasty and the expanding and increasingly xenophobic United States. Capt. Wells completed his distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Navy which included command of a warship that sailed the South China Sea and service in the Clinton and Bush Administrations. He discovered this tale during his White House service in 2006 and, after years of research, wrote this important story which reveals the human bonds between the United States and China. Come hear the Voices!

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April 26, 2015, 10:00am-11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk

The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center

Escondido, CA

Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


April 29, 2015, 7:00pm

San Diego’s Earliest Residents

San Dieguito Heritage Museum

Encinitas Community and Senior Center, Encinitas, CA 

Speaker Series to host renowned biogeologist, Dr. Norrie Robbins, PhD. Norrie had a 34-year career with the US Geological Survey, which included extensive field work in Africa and Colorado.  After retiring in 2001, she moved to San Diego and is on the adjunct faculty at San Diego State University.  For more information & to RSVP, please email: gro.egatirehdsnull@srekaeps  or call (760) 632-9711.  Suggested donation $5.00


May 10 and 24, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


May 14, 2015, 7:30pm

The First Chicken Burrito in California: A Zooarchaeological Research in Bird Bones from the San Diego Presidio

Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, Irvine, CA

Dr. Aaron Sasson is the speaker. He is the co-director of the San Diego Zooarchaeology Laboratory at the San Diego natural history Museum.

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May 16, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm

Berkeley City Beautiful: A Century Later

A walk led by Steve Finacom

Berkeley Historical Society

A century ago in 1915, German city planning expert Werner Hegemann published a master plan for Berkeley and Oakland. Following ‘City Beautiful’ ideals, the plan called for a grand Berkeley civic center, extensive park development and public improvements to residential districts and streets. At the same time, the University of California was rapidly building a neoclassical campus. This walk will trace built landmarks and ideals of that era from the 100-year-old Campanile to City Hall, and explore how those ideals could still inform municipal planning in Berkeley today. Wheelchair accessible. The walk will conclude at the Berkeley History Center where, for those who can stay past noon, the guide will give a brief gallery talk on his exhibit on Berkeley’s role in the San Francisco world fairs of 1915 and 1939/40.

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May 16, 2015, 8:00pm-9:00pm

Rock Art Mysteries

Maidu Museum and Historic Site

Roseville, CA                       

Take a walk through our historic site to observe petroglyphs by lantern light – the best way to see them. Journey back in time and explore ideas about the purpose of these mysterious symbols carved in stone thousands of years ago. Museum doors open at 6:30pm. Lantern tour starts at 8pm, following the FREE “Night Out at the Museum” event.  Fees: $6 per person.

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May 21, 2015, 6:30pm                                

Project Archaeology                                                            

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

The Portola Center

Palm Desert, CA 

Anne Marie Cox – Archaeologist, Educator

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May 22 & 23, 2015

Rock Art Conference

American Rock Art Research Association

Laughlin, NV

Anyone interested in Native American Rock Art is invited to attend the American Rock Art Research Association annual conference on the D-Deck of the Colorado Belle Resort and Casino during the Memorial Day weekend. The program includes a wide variety of papers and symposia, social events and field trips to the abundant rock art sites in the area.

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May 23 & 24 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Wildflower & Art Festival

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


Wednesdays, May 27, June 3, and June 10, 5:30pm to 8:30pm and Saturday fieldtrips May 30, June 6 and June 12, 2015
Introduction to Southern California Bird Identification Class 

Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology

Camarillo, CA

Due to popular demand, Dr. Linnea Hall will be holding another spring Bird ID class for WFVZ members, volunteers, students, and interested professional and community members. 

This popular class will be a 6-session course, with 3, 3-hr evening sessions (Wed).  The level of the class is novice to intermediate; people who have taken it before are welcome to join again.

The evening meetings will be held at the WFVZ; field locations will be discussed with you at the class meetings.  Rain may cancel field trips, but in those cases, we will come back to the museum to practice id with specimens and slides.

The evening classes will cover field guides and the characteristics of non-passerine and passerine birds in southern California.  The fieldtrips will cover identification of birds by sight, vocalizations, and habitat affinities.   

For all sessions you will need to bring a copy of:  Sibley, D.A.  2000.  The Sibley guide to birds of western North America.  Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.  National Audubon Society.  Please note that this is the western bird guide, not the eastern guide.  If you already have the full North American guide it’s okay to use this instead, although it would make it easier for using handouts if you have the western guide.  Other reading and bird identification materials will provided at no extra charge during the class meetings.

For the field sessions you will need binoculars and a reliable ride to the field sites.  Carpooling arrangements can usually be made during the class.

Price is $200 for non-WFVZ Members (or $45 per session) or $160 for current WFVZ Members (or $30 per session). Class size is limited and going fast.  If you are interested and would like to reserve a spot in this class please RSVP by Friday, May 1st, either by phone 805-388-9944 or by e-mail to gro.zvfwnull@repeekkoob  Class size will be limited to 20!


May 29-31, 2015

Traditional Art and Artists of Baja, California

Anza-Borrego Foundation

A wonderful  3-day trip to Baja California  to visit and interact with three local artisan communities. We will be joined by anthropologist Mike Wilken for this very unique tour focusing on the artisans in that area.

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June 11, 2015, 7:30pm

Archaeology of the Chuckwalla Valley

Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, Irvine, CA

George Kline, archaeologist, BLM, Palm Springs office is the speaker. Editor note (You don’t want to miss this speaker).

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June 9, 2015, 7:00pm

Garth Murphy,a California Icon

San Dieguito Heritage Museum

Encinitas Community and Senior Center, Encinitas, CA 

Speaker Series presents Garth Murphy, a California icon who partnered with Mike Doyle and Rusty Miller in their infamous and pioneering Surf Research Company. Garth is the author of the epic novel of California, The Indian Lover, and the son of noted fisheries biologist Garth I. Murphy, who was La Jolla’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s first PhD, and a professor at the University of Hawaii.  He will also be speaking about the history of early California and its people.  For more information & to RSVP, please email: gro.egatirehdsnull@srekaeps  or call (760) 632-9711.  Suggested donation $5.00


June 14-July 4, 2015

Gems of Turkey Tour 2015

Julie Roller & John O’Neill – Tour Leaders

Western and Central Turkey

Cities in Cappadoccia, Silk Road Caravansaries – just some of ancient sites that we offer on our tour to Turkey, the historical crossroads where Europe and Asia meet. We’ll explore the historical sights of this great country while enjoying the “good life” that travel in a Mediterranean based country provides.

Hello. Our names are John O’Neill and Julie Roller. We are a husband/wife team from California offering a 21-day tour to Turkey, June 14 – July 4, 2015. We would like to make this tour available to your members for the affordable price of $3,590, excluding airfare. We offer our tour as a way for your members to visit ones of the most archeologically-rich countries of the world at a fair price. We, along with our Turkish partners, unisonturkey.com, operated our Gems of Turkey tour in 2013. On that trip, one professional and two amateur archeologists joined us, and they were both surprised and enthralled by the large number of well-preserved ruin sites and our ability to get them to there at the best times to visit. “We had an incredible tour of Western and Central Turkey and visited amazing archaeological sites from Neolithic to Roman. Our small group tour was able to visit sites during times when the tour buses were gone, and we often had the place to ourselves, just wandering through
beautiful ancient places. Our very knowledgeable Turkish guide enriched our experience of these diverse early cultures. Julie and John were so much fun to travel with, and gave us their unique perspectives and experience of Turkey. It is an incredible country for anyone
interested in archaeology, and the food and the people are wonderful too! We highly recommend this tour.” Ron and Glo Auler, Flagstaff, AZ

In appreciation of your willingness to announce our Gems of Turkey tour to your membership, we will donate $200.00 to your organization for each member or other person who travels with us through your referral. We have a tradition of working with non-profits through our small Turkish import company, Bluestone Imports, having donated several thousand dollars in fund raisers to various non-profits since 2010. We feel our tour would be especially attractive to your members as one of our main foci is to visit archeological sites and key museums that contain the best from the numerous ancient cultures of this land. Turkey is home to a large number of excellent Greco/Roman sites, and you can get up close and personal with the ruins. We have been to Turkey every year since 2005 and have made extensive and repeated visits to many sites. We know the best times of day to visit the more famous sites to avoid large crowds, and we know stunning ruin sites that most people never visit and that are never crowded.

We have a limit of 16 persons and travel in a comfortable mid-sized bus following an itinerary that has been developed for the independent traveler type who enjoys a slower pace and the opportunity for some exploring on one’s own. Overall, the tour is designed to be a fun, leisurely, yet active exploration of this interesting, beautiful, and increasingly important country. In addition to visiting historical places, we will spend time in beautiful natural settings along the Mediterranean and in the Cappadoccia region of central Turkey, and soak up the culture with the food/drink, people, and music of this magnificent country. With the personal friendships that we have developed over many extended trips to Turkey, we are able to offer a unique journey for only $3,590 for twenty one days. This price includes the services of a professionally-trained, English-speaking Turkish tour guide, all hotels (generally smaller family-run places) with breakfast, all travel costs in Turkey, entrance fees to the historical sites, 3 boat trips, some dinners, a cooking class in an Istanbul home, a whirling-dervish performance in an 800-year-old caravansaray with an opportunity to meet the dervishes, and an insider tour of the very important ongoing archeological dig at Catal Hoyuk (7600-5800BC) through our contacts with Dr. Ian Hodder, the leader of the dig. We offer the ease of mind of having Americans running the tour. With our small group size of16 people, and due to our deep knowledge of Turkey’s archeological sites, its culture and its natural beauty, we hope that you find our tour suitable for the members of your organization to join us in exploring this important and fascinating country. Attached is our flyer that presents the details of the tour. Please share this letter and flyer describing this special opportunity with your membership. Thank you very much.

Sincerely, John O’Neill and Julie Roller Santa Cruz, Ca. USA 831-515-8022 ude.mvwnull@llieno.nhoj

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www.unisonturkey.com


June 14 and 28, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


July 11 & 12, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Lemon Lily Festival

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


July 12 and 26, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


August 8, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm

Butterfly Daze

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


August 8-9, 2015, 10:00am-4:00pm

Dutch Oven Cook-Off

Gold Nugget Museum

Paradise, CA

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August 9 and 23, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


August 11, 2015, 7:00pm

History of the Botanical Building in Balboa Park

San Dieguito Heritage Museum

Encinitas Community and Senior Center, Encinitas, CA 

Vonn Marie May is a cultural landscape specialist – specializing in future planning strategies for historic and cultural landscapes.  She will be speaking about the history of the Botanical Building in Balboa Park for the Centennial 1915 – 2015 Panama California Exposition.

For more information & to RSVP, please email: gro.egatirehdsnull@srekaeps  or call (760) 632-9711.  Suggested donation $5.00.


September 5 & 6, 2015, 10:00am-2:00pm

Labor Day Weekend Family Fun

Idyllwild Nature Center

Idyllwild, CA


September 12-13, 2015, 11:00am-4:00pm

Days of Living History

Gold Nugget Museum

Paradise, CA

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September 13 and 27, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


September 17, 2015, 6:30pm

Cave Paintings of Baja, California

Coachella Valley Archaeological Society

The Portola Center

Palm Desert, CA

Speakers: Maria Puente and Britt Wilson

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October 11 and 25, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


November 8 and 22, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.


December 23, 2015, 10:00am -11:30am

Walks and Talks: A Free Interpretive Nature Walk
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center
Escondido, CA
 
Join Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve docent, writer and artist, Donna Walker, for a free interpretive nature walk. Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned her degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. She volunteers as a trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park where she leads interpretive nature walks on a monthly basis. Donna also volunteers in collections at the San Diego Archaeological Center and is a contract illustrator for the Center.