Green Things to Do in Los Angeles [March 2-8, 2012]

Featured Event of the Week:

Whale of a Day

When: Saturday, March 3, 2012  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center, park at Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall @ 30940 Hawthorne Blvd. Rancho Palos Verdes

The annual Whale of a Day celebration in Rancho Palos Verdes will be on Saturday, March 3, 2012. This free festival celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale with fun activities for all ages.  In addition to trying to spot a whale yourself, you will be able to observe the scientists tracking and photographing the whales on the lookout deck behind the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.  Throughout the whale migration season scientists and volunteers are staged at the Interpretive Center collecting statistics on the whales traveling along the coastline behind the Center.  The white board on the lookout deck indicates the number of each type of whale observed so far that season and their direction of travel.

Participants at the festival include the Aquarium of the Pacific (touch tank on wheels), Heal the Bay, Marine Mammal Care Center, South Bay Wildlife Rehab (rescued hawks and raptors), California Native Plant Society, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and many other wonderful environmental groups.  Tours of the Point Vicente Lighthouse (ages 7 and older) and Coast Guard vehicles on display are two other highlights of the Whale of a Day celebration.  My personal favorite is the South Bay Wildlife Rehab booth.  They bring many of their rehabilitated hawks and raptors (the birds that are unable to be re-introduced into their natural environment due to permanent injuries or other issues) and are an amazing source of information about Los Angeles area birds and wildlife.  For a small donation you can have your picture taken with one of the birds.

There are also many activities for children including face painting, crafts, jumpers and an obstacle course. Kids can climb on a fire engine and receive their own junior fire fighter badge sticker.

The event is held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the first Saturday in March on the main grounds of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.  There is no parking available at the festival site, however free parking and shuttle buses are provided at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall.  Admission is also free.

Free Parking/Shuttle address:
Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall
30940 Hawthorne Blvd.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

For a map, driving directions and more information click here.

More green events this week:

TreePeople Events

When: throughout the week, see the TreePeople calendar

Where: throughout Los Angeles

TreePeople offers a variety of volunteer opportunities including tree planting, tree care, mountain restoration, reforestation, park maintenance, seedling nursery, photography.  Minors (accompanied by an adult) are welcome.  Visit their calendar to select an activity and sign-up by pre-registering.  Once you register, TreePeople will contact you with event details and directions.

During the week of March 2-8, 2012, TreePeople has the following on their calendar:  Santa Monica Mountains Restoration, Angeles Forest Restoration, Water Pollution Prevention Workshop, and Full Moon Hike.  Check out their calendar for more information.

Sierra Club Outings

When: throughout the week, see the Angeles Chapter Activities Calendar

Where: throughout Los Angeles

A few of the Sierra Club outings for this week include a Moonlight Hike in San Pedro (Friday night), Altadena Crest Trail Hike (Saturday morning), Manhattan Beach Hike/Brunch (Sunday morning), and various conditioning hikes in Palos Verdes, Altadena, Irvine and Signal Hill (all on Thursday).  Visit the Sierra Club – Angeles Chapter Activities Calendar for more activities and additional information.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Nature Hikes

When: Saturday, March 3, 2012

Where: George F Canyon Nature Center, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Join staff naturalists for two first Saturday walks on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the George F Canyon Nature Center in Rolling Hills Estates.  From 9am -11am join other bird and nature enthusiasts for a First Saturday Bird Walk.  Binoculars are provided.  From 1pm – 3pm, participate in a guided walk through the canyon.  For more information call 310-547-0862 or visit


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