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    • Sat, February 25, 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Museum, 15151 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar, CA 91342
    • 19
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    The Nethercutt Museum

    Visit one of Los Angeles treasured jewels. The Nethercutt Museum and Collection features rare collectibles ranging from mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture to the true heart of the collection: over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997.  The Nethercutt Collection is comprised of two buildings, which are located across the street from each other:  The Nethercutt Museum Building and The Nethercutt Collection building (Tower)

    Self-guided entrance to the Museum is free. 

    The Collection group tour Admission is $10 per person, to be paid upon entry. 

    Click here for additional and up-to-date information about the Collection and Museum.

    Meeting place:  Main Entrance from the Museum parking lot. Museum parking lot entrance is on Bradley St. just off of Bledsoe. Parking is free.

    Meeting time:  11:00 AM

    Train tours are at 12:30 PM and our private Collection group tour is at 1:30 and will take about 2 hours.

    THE MUSEUM <br/> LOCOMOTIVE & PRIVATE CAR

    In Great Outdoors, we do our part to protect nature.  Please consider carpooling. 

    Trip Leader:  Michael Wickstrom

    Instruments

    Health issues/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the tour leader if you wish.



    • Wed, April 05, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Mon, April 10, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Morro Bay State Park Campground
    • 9
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    April 5 - 10, 2023

    Join us as we explore the beautiful Morro Bay area, perhaps California's most scenic coastline, on a 6-day/5-night camping getaway - with showers!

    Our theme will be "Explore Nature's Beauty and Experience our Magnificent California Central Coast."

    Walk along empty sea cliffs with waves crashing on the rocks. Observe elephant seals, sea lions, and sea otters up close, and maybe gray whales at a distance. See spring wildflowers bloom on the green landscape of San Luis Obispo County. Hike up to a waterfall and see redwood trees along the Big Sur Coast. Discover the unique biology and geology from our trip leaders, and enjoy cooking, socializing and camp camaraderie.


    Details:

    We have reserved Group Site Osos at Morro Bay State Park Campground, which is within walking distance of trails in the Morro Bay wetland, the Natural History Museum, and viewpoints overlooking Morro Bay. The group site allows tents only. (There may be RV spaces available through the Morro Bay State Park reservation system which can be booked entirely separate from this event registration.)

    Campground amenities include flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, and potable water. Showers are located about 1000 feet away in the lower part of the campground. Morro Bay village is about two miles away, with grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and other amenities.



    Day Activities:

    Activities will be located north and south of Morro Bay. Some planned hikes and walks are:

    • Morro Rock: observe sea otters in the bay
    • Heron Rookery National Preserve
    • Montaña de Oro State Park: Ranger guided tour of tide pools, walk Bluff Trail to sea cliffs to small coves
    • Montaña de Oro State park: picnic at Spooners Cove
    • San Simeon Beach: Observe the only elephant seal colony on the US mainland
    • Overlook and small hikes at Ragged Point and Salmon Falls along the Big Sur Coast
    • Visit the southernmost redwood grove in California
    • Kayaking on Bay
    • UPDATE:  Professor Joe Holliday plans on joining the trip to tell is about the fascinating geology and oceanography of this feature-rich natural setting.




    Campground Evening Activities:

    Wednesday: Check-in after 2:00 pm. 5:00 pm: Welcome and Meet-n-Greet. 6:00 pm dinner (bring your own). 7:30 - 10 pm First night campfire.

    Thursday: 6:30 pm: Sunset Dinner. Bring-your-own-picnic to dine and watch the sunset over the bay, a short walk from our campsite to the bay. Sunset 7:29 pm.

    Friday: "Weenie Roast" Dinner (with vegetarian option) will be provided by Great Outdoors LA.

    Saturday: 6:00 pm: Traditional Great Outdoors Potluck. Hello Top Chefs and foodies! Everyone makes or brings a main or side dish to feed 5-6 people. Healthy, organic, plant-based dishes encouraged. Some desserts will be provided by Great Outdoors LA.

    Sunday: 5:00 pm: Farewell Happy Hour. Bring an appetizer and optional beverage (alcohol/non-alcohol) to share.

    6 PM Dinner at a local restaurant in town.

    Monday: Check-out by 12 noon.

    Every night: Campfire (Bring your camp chair, highlights of the day, jokes, games, camp songs, etc.)

    Think eco-friendly. Everyone brings their own reusable plates, utensils, cups, napkins, etc. For the potluck, remember to bring your own serving dishes, bowls or platters with serving utensils. Be sure to pick up your dishes when you leave. Let's aim to minimize trash/ single-use disposables.  Thank you for pitching in to keep our camp clean.

    Alcohol is allowed, please enjoy responsibly!


    Registration, parking limits, carpooling:

    This campout is limited by the number of vehicles allowed at the group sites. Our group site (25 persons max) comes with only 10 parking spaces. After the 10 spaces are full, during the day parking is available on the street outside of the campground, and at night extra cars will have to park in the town of Morro Bay about 3/4 of a mile away.  Therefore, we encourage carpooling.  Besides, it also saves gas, reduces traffic congestion and pollution, and may earn you the respect and admiration of your peers.

    During registration, please note if/who you will be carpooling with. We will assign the first 10 parking spots in the order people register. The remaining vehicles will need to park outside as noted. It may be helpful to ask each other to help shuttle folks back/forth.

    If the trip is sold out, please add yourself to the wait list. Based on the number of vehicles from other registrants, you may still be added to the trip in the order added to the waitlist if we can fit you in.

    Getting there:

    Directions from Route 1: Exit at South Bay Rd (Baywood Park) off ramp, turn left, go about 1 mile, turn right into park, go about 1 mile (do not go up the uphill road on the right), turn right into campground, check in at entry booth.

    Bring your 10 essentials, your camping & cooking gear, food, and a bundle or two of firewood. Dress in layers since the mornings can start cold, and sea breezes are strong on the central California coast.

    Cancellation:

    Full refunds will be issued if cancelled by March 22. No refunds will be issued after this date. If you need to cancel, email both trip leaders directly, as soon as possible so we can notify the next person on the waitlist.

    Health issues/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

    Pet Policy: No dogs allowed on the beach.

    Image credits:

    https://thedyrt.com/camping/california/montana-de-oro-state-park/gallery

    San Luis Obispo Tribune

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/goingslo/2225715896

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mdoblufftrail.jpg#file

    https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/salmon-creek-falls-big-sur/

    https://visitcambriaca.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ch1dr_air1-highway-1-scenic-aerial_29843871126_o-1024x575.jpg

    Contact:

    If you have any questions, please reach out to us at:

    John Blasco: johnlongbeach@gmail.com, 562-981-4133 or John Buckley: j_l_buckley@yahoo.com, 818-613-7602

    Additional information will be mailed to registrants with more details as the trip nears.

    • Fri, June 02, 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sun, June 04, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • O'Neill Regional Park 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Register

    OUTDOORS EXPERIENCE

      Hike Leader - Morning 4 hrs
      Trip Leader - Afternoon 4 hrs

      You may attend either one or both.

      Full Weekend Schedule:

      Friday June 2 

      2 pm Check in campground

      4 pm - Fun hike nearby. We will adjust the time if needed to accommodate those arriving on Friday and camping for the training. This is a welcome hike for attendees at the hike/trip leader training this weekend. We will discuss and demonstrate the Ten Essentials and safety on the trail.  

      6 pm Meet and Greet and dinner on your own or group selects a restaurant.

      Saturday June 3   Training class at the Administrative Building.

      ·        8 am - 12 pm  Hike Leader Training

      ·        1 pm - 5 pm Trip Leader Training

      Sunday June 4  8:30 am -10:30 - Training hike nearby where participants will be confronted with a variety of situations that one may encounter on the trail.

      DAY HIKE LEADER - SECTION I


      Be a Hike Leader!  Not just someone who knows the way, but someone who applies safety, best practices, fun, and local knowledge to make a successful outing. In addition to the course outline we will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques and latest technology and information. Completing this course will provide participants with Day Hike Leader Certification. Also a good refresher for hike leaders.

      Hike Leader Syllabus

      Prerequisites: Great Outdoors member (click here to join). The course is for anyone interested in becoming a hiker leader, learning more about leading effective hikes, or becoming a more confident and capable hiker.

      This Hike Leader Certification course is for hikers who are interested in learning new skills as well as experienced hike leaders who are looking to update or refresh their outdoor leadership skills. It is suitable for all ranges of hiker abilities, from novice up to very experienced hikers.

      Objectives: Introduce participants to the skills, knowledge and attitudes of a trained hike leader, including appropriate risk management for day hikes. Present skills for leading a safe, environmentally responsible and enjoyable hike.

      Content/Topics Covered:  Hike planning, description, screening participants, trail group management, emergency management, medical issues on the trail, map reading and navigation, outdoor techniques, environmental protection, and problem solving techniques and scenarios.

      Course Format: The training includes in-person instruction with group discussion and problem solving applications and trail-based scenarios.

      Pre-Course Assignment: Review training manuals and video:

      Link to Training Resources: Click Here

      Printed manuals available at the training location at no cost to participants. Option to have manual(s) mailed to you upon registration.

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      TRIP LEADERSHIP - OVERNIGHT EVENTS - SECTION II 

      One of the premier features of Great Outdoors is overnight trips. As a leader you will propose, research and design overnight trips. You will manage and administer the trip using leadership and group management skills. Completing this course will provide participants with Trip Leadership Certification.

      Course Outline:

      • Create a new trip or update a former trip.

      • Planning, scouting, securing reservations.

      • Finances and budget.

      • Create a trip description and promotion.

      • Secure all logistics including any permits, and support staff as necessary.

      • Communicate with participants to provide information and answer questions.

      • Conducting your trip, safety issues, group management issues - preventing and solving.

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      Course Length/Hours: 4 hours.

      What to bring:  Lunch, water bottle, mug for hot drinks. If you are taking the Hike Leader course bring a day pack with your ten essentials. If you are tent camping, bring food, camp gear, warm clothing.

      Weather: O'Neill Regional Park click here

      Facilities:  We will be in the campground conference room with tables, chairs, projector, TV monitor and restrooms. Trailheads located onsite.

      Overnight accommodations:

      Camping at O'Neill Regional park Group Site Sycamore D.

      Motels located nearby.

      More information:

      Course Preparation: You are encouraged to review the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals ahead of time. 

      Link to Training Resources: Click Here

      Suggested Additional Reading and Video:
      1. Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, & GPS. Bob Burns, Mike Burns
      2. The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide Mark Harvey
      3. How to Lead a Hike by the Sierra Club  15 min. video click here




    Past LA Chapter Events

    Sun, January 22, 2023 LA - Coastal Bike Ride: Long Beach to Seal Beach
    Sat, January 21, 2023 CORP Great Outdoors - Board Mtg
    Thu, December 22, 2022 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting 12/22
    Sun, December 18, 2022 LA - San Pedro: Tide pools, Sea Cliffs, History, and Aquarium
    Sun, December 11, 2022 LA - Holiday Party
    Sat, December 10, 2022 LA - Long Beach | Belmont | Naples Boat Parade and Decoration Walk
    Sat, November 12, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
    Sat, November 05, 2022 LA - Kayak/Paddleboard
    Wed, November 02, 2022 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting
    Sat, October 29, 2022 OCLB - Long Beach Festival of Flight
    Sat, October 15, 2022 CORP - Outings Committee Mtg
    Sat, October 15, 2022 CORP - Annual Conference and Election of Officers
    Fri, October 14, 2022 OCLB/CORP - 44th Annual All Chapter Conference Registration
    Thu, October 06, 2022 LA - Pirate Camp Catalina at Two Harbors!
    Sun, September 11, 2022 LA - Coastal Bike Ride: Long Beach
    Sat, August 27, 2022 PS - August Game Night: Gather Your Balls for BOWLING!!
    Thu, July 28, 2022 OCLB -Bruno Mars Tribute Band "Uptown Funk"! Free!
    Thu, July 28, 2022 LA - Agnew Meadows (Mammoth)
    Sat, July 23, 2022 Great Outdoors CORP - Board Mtg
    Sat, July 23, 2022 LA - Palos Verdes Summer Vacation Day: Hike, Beach, and Relax
    Sat, May 21, 2022 LA - Palos Verdes Hike: Hills, Rocks, and Ocean Hike
    Sat, April 16, 2022 LA - Eaton Canyon Hike
    Sat, April 16, 2022 CORP - Board Mtg
    Thu, March 24, 2022 LA - Central Coast and Morro Bay Camping
    Sat, March 12, 2022 LA - Temescal Canyon Loop in the Santa Monica Mountains
    Sun, February 27, 2022 LA - Beautiful Bear Canyon Hike in the San Gabriel Mountains
    Sat, February 26, 2022 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
    Sat, February 12, 2022 LA - Second Saturdays Hike: Sandstone Peak
    Thu, February 03, 2022 LA - Death Valley, Furnace Creek Camping
    Sat, January 22, 2022 CORP - Board Mtg
    Sat, January 08, 2022 LA - Bluff Cove and Lunada Bay hike in Palos Verdes
    Sat, December 18, 2021 LA - Long Beach | Belmont | Naples Boat Parade and Decoration Walk
    Sat, December 18, 2021 GO LA with OC/Long Beach Chapter present: The Belmont -Naples Boat Parade and Decoration Walk
    Sat, December 18, 2021 LA - Abalone and Sacred Coves Palos Verdes Hike
    Sun, December 12, 2021 LA - Holiday Party 2021 at DeSano Pizza Bakery!
    Sun, November 21, 2021 LA - Bicycle Tour Shoreline Long Beach
    Tue, November 16, 2021 LA - LA Chapter Monthly Meeting
    Sun, November 07, 2021 LA - Hike: Windy Gap, Crystal Lake Recreation Area
    Sat, October 23, 2021 LA - SOLD OUT! - Camp Mozumdar Historic Walking Tour and Lunch
    Tue, October 19, 2021 LA - LA Chapter Monthly Meeting
    Sun, October 17, 2021 LA - Palos Verdes Coastal Walk: Point Vicente to Terranea
    Sat, October 16, 2021 CORP - Outings Committee Mtg
    Sat, October 16, 2021 CORP - Annual Conference and Election of Officers
    Sun, September 26, 2021 LA - Palos Verdes Hike: Founders Park/Ocean Trails Reserve
    Sat, September 18, 2021 LA - Malibu Hindu Temple
    Sun, August 29, 2021 LA - Ballona Creek Bike Ride
    Sat, August 28, 2021 LA - Lake Shrine Walk
    Tue, August 24, 2021 LA - Monthly LA Chapter Planning Meeting
    Thu, August 19, 2021 LA - Camping Trip Quaking Aspen, Sequoia National Forest Campout
    Sun, August 08, 2021 LA - DISCOASIS Skate Night: Black Charmed's Bloom Ball!
    Tue, August 03, 2021 LA - [POSTPONED]: Roller Skate Lesson & Skate Night at Moonlight Rollerway!
    Sun, July 18, 2021 LA - Los Angeles River Bike Path Bike Ride
    Thu, June 17, 2021 LA - Dogwood Campground (Lake Arrowhead)
    Wed, May 26, 2021 CORP - OUTDOORS EXPERIENCE - HIKING SAFETY
    Thu, April 15, 2021 OCLB - Caspers Wilderness Car Camp
    Wed, April 07, 2021 CORP - Reopening Plan Review
    Sat, March 27, 2021 CORP - Training - Trip Leader - Outdoors Experience
    Wed, March 10, 2021 CORP - Training - Covid Protocols Event Leader
    Tue, March 09, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, January 30, 2021 CORP - Online Training - Outdoor Experiences
    Tue, January 19, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Tue, November 24, 2020 LA - Thanksgiving-edition LA Monthly Core Meeting & Zoom Social
    Thu, November 19, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Tue, October 27, 2020 LA - Halloween-edition LA Monthly Core Meeting & Zoom Social
    Fri, August 21, 2020 CORP - Online Training - Outdoors Experience - Interest Survey
    Fri, August 14, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, July 11, 2020 LA - [CANCELED] GO Picnic and Social Hike at Chilao
    Fri, July 10, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, June 20, 2020 LA - Pasadena Architectural House Walking Tour
    Tue, June 16, 2020 LA - Cancelled -Virtual Open Mic/Show & Tell Social!
    Fri, May 15, 2020 CANCELLED - CORP - Lake Perris Jamboree
    Tue, May 05, 2020 LA - Virtual Cinco de Mayo Social!
    Tue, March 31, 2020 LA - Virtual Happy Hour
    Sat, March 28, 2020 Canceled: OCLB - Arroyo Seco Day Hike
    Sat, March 21, 2020 LA - Cancelled - Condor Peak Hike
    Thu, February 27, 2020 LA - Joshua Tree N.P. - Jumbo Rocks Campground
    Sat, February 22, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike And Trip Leader Training
    Sat, February 15, 2020 LA - Echo Mountain: Hike through History
    Sat, February 08, 2020 LA - Oak and Fascination Springs Hike
    Sun, February 02, 2020 LA - Kayaking and Birding in Beautiful Newport Back Bay
    Sun, January 12, 2020 OCLB - Palos Verdes Day Hike
    Sun, January 05, 2020 LA - New Year's Hike: Bear Canyon
    Sun, December 08, 2019 LA - Holiday Party 2019 at DeSano Pizza Bakery!
    Thu, November 28, 2019 LA - Ensenada, Mexico (Condo Or Hotel)
    Sun, November 24, 2019 LA - Fish Canyon Hike
    Sun, November 03, 2019 LA - Central Gabrielino Trail
    Sat, October 19, 2019 LA - Blue Ridge to Baldy summit (via Pine Mountain) aka “The North Backbone”
    Fri, October 11, 2019 SBVC/CORP - 41st Annual GO Conference, Jamboree & Campout
    Sun, September 29, 2019 LA - Huntington Brunch and Chapter Elections
    Sat, September 21, 2019 LA - Scenic hike along Bluff Cove in Palos Verdes
    Thu, August 15, 2019 LA - Rock Creek Canyon (near Mammoth)
    Sat, August 03, 2019 LA - Chinatown Urban Walk & Wine Day
    Sat, July 20, 2019 LA - Long Beach Beach Party 2019
    Sat, July 13, 2019 LA - Big Rock Creek / Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness day hike
    Thu, July 04, 2019 LA - Mount Hillyer Day Hike
    Sat, June 29, 2019 LA - Big Gay Picnic + Victorian Urban Stair Hike
    Sat, June 29, 2019 GO - Hike Leader Training - Outdoor Experience
    Sun, June 23, 2019 LA - Beginner Pride Bike Ride
    Thu, June 20, 2019 LA - Core Group & Member Meeting *Canceled*
    Thu, June 13, 2019 LA - Kern River Camping and Rafting
    Thu, June 06, 2019 LA - Pride Pop-Up! Rocketman Movie Night + Happy Hour
    Thu, May 23, 2019 LA - Core Group & Member Meeting
    Wed, April 17, 2019 LA - Monthly Core Group and Member Meeting

    Above is a just a partial list of past Great Outdoors LA events. We've had many events each year going way back to 1978!