We Need Your Creativity!
California Great Outdoors, Inc.
San Diego Chapter
Design our 2022 Great Outdoors San Diego T-Shirt!
Submit your artwork for a chance to win a free annual membership to Great Outdoors, a free t-shirt featuring your original design, and bragging rights
Step 1: Create an original design for the back of the t-shirt, keeping the original Great Outdoors Logo on the front of the shirt.
Your design must:
Step 2: Recommend a color for the t-shirt itself
Step 3: Submit design to Info-SD@GreatOutdoors.org
The Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) Core Group meets every month on the 1st Wednesday of the month to conduct GOSD business and share a meal together. Members and interested others are welcome to join. If you'll be joining us, please RSVP so we can reserve the right number of seats at the restaurant.
Location: Westfield UTC Mall 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122
Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm, Note: From 12pm-1pm official business will be conducted
Parking: Free in lot.
Contact: Tyler Roosden (651.497.1611)
This GOPS club event is intended for Great Outdoors members who are familiar with pickleball play and pickleball rules. It is designed to be a fun event that will rotate players through groups of 4 for games. This is also a chance to meet and get to know other Great Outdoors members who enjoy playing pickleball.
Location/Directions: Directions to the courts will be provided to those that sign up.
Cancel: If you cannot make a this event for which you have registered, please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the event leader.
Event Leader: John Ryan - eMail: click here.
Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.
Special COVID Related Requirements
Special COVID Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the new GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here).
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to play pickleball.
Join us for a bike ride through Palm Springs featuring the CV Link. The ride will take place on a variety of streets as we explore Palm Springs. We will also enjoy the views of the valley and golf course as we ride the CV Link. The total miles for the ride will be approximately 15. Total Time: 2.5 hours
Meet at 7:00 am at Sunrise Park, Ramon and Sunrise, near the Mizell Senior Center.
Equipment: Riders are strongly encouraged to wear helmets on all bike rides. Inflate your tires to the recommended PSI. You may want to bring a tire pump, spare tube, bike tools, water, and sunscreen.
Contact: John Ryan: Email click here
You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.
Special COVID Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here).
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike.
Liberty Station to Embarcadero Bike Ride
Saturday, May 28th
8:45 Meet up at Liberty Station
9:00 Start the Bike Ride
12:00 Finish the Bike Ride
Event Lead: Steven Stowe (619-309-5674)
Join us Saturday, June 4th, for a bike ride through Liberty Station to the south side of Embarcadero. (See the attached map for details on the route.) In total, we’ll bike ride almost 17 miles, which will take us about 3 hours. There’ll be some elevation change, but not much since we will be at sea level (183 FT). Difficulty is moderate.
And we’ll be making plenty of stops and water breaks, there are 4 restroom stops along the bike route, we will stop at each one and do a bladder check. Along with a muster.
We’ll meet at Liberty Station in front of North Sails Parking lot (4630 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109) Plenty of Parking in the Parking Lot. As a reference point, the parking lot is on the East side of Liberty Station Public Market. This will be our starting point and end point. We’ll start at Liberty station, then venture south following the water. Making our way to Spanish Landing, then circling around Harbor Island. After that we will proceed around the bay going through Seaport Village till we get to our turnaround point, the south side of Embarcadero. After that we will proceed back to Liberty Station. During the route, we will stop at a few photo op places to capture the memory and have some water breaks. Also bring some cash if you choose to partake in some eating at the Street food Market Fair across the midway. It will be one of out rest and bathroom stops. They have a great selection of food and live music (1009 N Harbor Drive). Lots of sightseeing and views.
What to bring:
Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, make sure your tires are aired up, any snack/s you may want, any medications you may need, a face mask (for just in case), and weather-appropriate clothing.
Hope you can join us!
Registration For This Event Opens On 5/14/2022
GOPS 2022 Not-Quite-Summer Pool Party
GOPS members are invited to attend our Welcome POOL PARTY on Saturday, June 4 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
This party will have a Registration Fee of $10 for all members. We have a capacity of 60 for this event. You do NOT need to bring a potluck dish as a meal will be provided! If you would like to bring a non-member, they will need to first join as a member online and then they can register online for this pool party.
All attendees must register individually and pay the event registration fee within 15 minutes of your registration. Once all of the requirements are met, the address will be emailed to you 3 days prior to the event.
This event includes indoor activities, including the use of restrooms, changing rooms and the kitchen, so the GOPS COVID policy on indoor events will apply. See vaccination requirements below.
Refunds - there are no refunds for this event. However, we do request that, if you are unable to attend, you cancel your registration so someone on the waitlist might be able to attend in your place. Registration cancellations can be sent to: email@example.com.
This pool party will be at a member's home in Palm Desert. The address will be included in your email reminder after verification that you have sent in a photo of your vaccination card if you haven't already sent one in. That email will be sent to you 3 days before the event.
Food provided with be El Pollo Loco, along with various side dishes (which vegetarians should be able to consume). We'll also provide a variety of soft drinks and bottled water. If you want to drink "adult beverages," please BYOB. Please no glass in the pool. There will be some Raffle Prizes also.
Saturday, June 4
What to Bring: Towel, swimsuit (no nudity allowed), suntan lotion, folding chair and flip-flops.
Directions: Will be provided via email 3 days before the event to those who register.
Helpers: We need three servers (no experience required). We also need three clean-up helpers willing to stay until 7:00 pm. We will waive the registration fee for these helpers.
Questions/Contact: George Padilla via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos: Before taking photos, please ask the subject if that's OK with them... Some may not want their handsome faces to be splashed all over the internet.
Nudity Policy: This event is NOT a clothing-optional event. Please read our nudity policy - click here.
Special COVID Requirements
This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here).
Due to GOPS COVID indoor event restrictions you must:
Join us for "Pride By The Beach" on Saturday, June 11th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Nestled under the umbrella of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, this event is North County's premier Pride event. Located in downtown Oceanside, steps from the iconic pier and picturesque beach, this family friendly event will include: performances, food trucks and local vendors.
Proceeds from this event will go to support the Center's extensive programming including: mental health resources, support groups for transgender youth, HIV prevention and care, and their spotlight program "Unicorn Homes," which connects LGBTQ youth with temporary housing.
RSVP for a head count.
Host: Aaron Giron - (619) 400 - 9719
RSVP: RSVP if possible to help us keep a head count.
Location: Downtown, Oceanside, CA
Parking: Parking is close by.
Time Commitment: Plan for approx 2-4 hours.
Frank Eggers has invited us all to the Pool/Swim Time and Game Night on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at his home in PALM SPRINGS.
NOTE: Registration for this event will:
Open on May 28th and Close on JUNE 10th!
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - POOL TIME
6:00 PM to 6:15 PM - SOCIAL PERIOD
6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME
WHAT TO BRING:
1) Pool Time - Bathing Suit, Towel and Chairs
2) Potluck Item for at least 8 people
3) Your own beverage(s)
4) Table Games you want to play (Great Outdoors provides many games)
NOTE: Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. "ready to serve" in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.
PLEASE DO NOT ask our hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.
Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!
Please call Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.
To view photos from our past game nights - click here.
To view our Game Night guidelines - click here.
Our hoists have requested that everyone be vaccinated in order to attend this indoor/outdoor event. Wearing a mask during the event is optional.
Special COVID Related Requirements:
This event requires all attendees to members and to be fully vaccinated, submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - CLICK HERE.
Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850.
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader if you wish.
Thank you for participating in the Great Outdoors club!
This summer, the San Diego County Fair returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds with power-packed plans to celebrate the action-packed pop culture superheroes from comic books and the silver screen, to those awe-inspiring community heroes we’ve found right in our own neighborhoods. Join us as “Heroes Re-Unite!” at the San Diego County Fair, June 8–July 4 (closed Mondays and Tuesday in June.)
You can soar through the air on adrenaline-pumping carnival rides, strike a power pose with your favorite superheroes, taste your way through the Fair’s superfoods, discover entertainment surprises around every corner, learn the science and history of being a superhero and meet real-life community heroes who put Clark Kent to shame.
Join us for Pride Out At The Fair.
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0A005C76B0EE24D1
* Please note there will be NO tickets sold the day of at the door & with only 50,000 tickets available the day will sell out. Please buy early & tell your friends to do the same.
Please RSVP for a headcount.
Contact Dre Tinder (317) 507 - 2298 or Aaron Giron (619) 400 - 9719 with any questions regarding this event.
The Metro Art Docent Council in conjunction with the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter of Great Outdoos presents:
Docent Led Tour of the Art of the Metro B (Red) Line, starting at the Westlake-MacArthur Park Station
June 19, 2022, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
You may register for the trip beginning May 22, 2022. If after registering, your
plans change, please cancel so the next person on the waiting list can register.
Contact: Frederick Brown E-mail: email@example.com Phone: 562-754-1838
For people going from Long Beach, we will meet at the Willow Station at 9:00AM and ride on the 9:20AM (Blue) Line train arriving at the Westlake-MacArthur Park Station at 10:28AM after changing to the B (Red) line at the 7th and Metro Station. There are coffee places near the station. (But remember, there are not places to use the bathroom, until we get to MacArthur Park Station.)
For those who are driving, meet on the street level outside the station on the East side of Alvarado just North of 7tj Street in Los Angeles.
Click here for the map for the Willow Station parking garage and click here for the map for the Westlake-MacArthur Park Station area.
The art in the stations of the Los Angeles Metro Rail system reflects the neighborhoods and history of each location. While the majority of Metro's budget goes towards construction and transit operator programs, the Metro Board policy mandates that 0.5% of Metro Rail construction costs go towards funding public art.
We will start at the Westlake-MacArthur Park Station. On the mezzanine level are a series of tiles which represent the scene in and around the park. Suspended from the ceiling under the skylight is a sculpture painted with light. At the ends of the station are two ceramic tile murals titled La Luna and El Sol.
Our next stop will be the 7th and Metro Station. On the mezzanine level on both sides of the station are tiles. On the Figueroa Side the tiles represent a film strip of Fantasy Movies, and on the Hope Street Side Spectacle Movies. At the Hope Street entrance is a triptych made of ceramic tiles titled Heaven to Earth.
Leaving 7th and Metro Station, we will stop at Pershing Square to see the Neon Art from the platform. Outside, we will look at the neighborhood which has the historic Bradley Building, Angel's Flight and the Grand Central Market.
Then, we will proceed to the Civic Center Station. Here we will see the mosaic "In the Living Rock" outside the station. Inside the station, we will view 52 glass mosaics that reflect the history of the area with themes of sports, art, performance and fashion. On the station platform, we will look up to the celling and ponder over the art titled "I dream of flying."
This will mark the end of the official tour.
Click here for tips on riding Metro.
Because Metro Art tours have not fully resumed since the pandemic started, this will not be an office Docent Council of the Art of the Metro tour.
1) The tour will take about 2 hours and will be approximately 90% walking.
2) Members will need to purchase a day pass on their TAP card. If you don't have a TAP card, you can purchase one at the station where you join us for $2 and load a day pass on to it.
3) There are no public restrooms in the station, but there are restrooms at MacArthur Park, in Macy's at 7th and Metro, in the Grand Central Market at Pershing Square, and at Union Station.
SBVC – July 4th Tailgate Party
July 4, 2022
More information coming soon!
Day Event - Mission Bay Kayaking/SUP Boarding
It’s become an annual summer tradition for us in GOSD to meet up at Aqua Adventures on Mission Bay and go kayaking and stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding as a group. Those who want to kayak can kayak. And those who want to SUP board can SUP board. Renting a kayak costs $20/hr for a single and $25/hr for a tandem. SUP board rental cost is $25/hr. Each person will pay for his/her rental there that morning. Lockers are available.
We'll be out on the water for at least an hour, stopping at one of the beaches out in the bay, then heading back. It’s always a great time, as we even see some wildlife on the way, including sea lions!
We'll meet at 10 AM at Aqua Adventures and rent our gear. We should be in the water by 10:30 AM. Please plan to bring clothes you can get wet in, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat if you like. You might also bring a dry change of clothes, if not a towel for the shower as well. Some of us may go grab lunch afterwards.
Event Coordinator: Tyler Roosden (651) 497 - 1611
Location: Aqua Adventures
1548 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA 92109
Please register via our website so we know to expect you.
We hope to see you there!
Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach Chapter presents:
The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum
July 24, 2022, meeting at 9:30 AM and starting at 10:00 AM
You can register for this event beginning on July 3, 2022
Trip leader: Frederick Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org or 562/754-1838
Join Great Outdoors for a Sunday morning visit to the amazing Automobile Driving Museum, located just South of LAX, at 610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA 90245.
This is the museum that takes you for a ride. Sunday Rides – Second & Fourth Sunday 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Subject to availability. Please call the museum the Thursday before to get the Ride List! Sunday rides do not need a reservation. They are first-come, first-served. Rides range from Joseph Stalin’s 1936 Packard to a 1982 DeLorean.
The Museum operates with a Volunteer staff and is supported mainly by guest Donations. The recommended Donation is $10 for adults. Plan to meet in-line, near the front door, at about 9:30 AM, before signing in for the “touring” and museum
Click here for a map.
All arrangements are made by the travel agency and GO will join others on the chartered bus for this trip.
Call or email Kathy at Lets Go Travel to reserve: 760-320-3009 or email email@example.com Be sure to mention you are with Great Outdoors.
Contact Kathy at Lets Go Travel directly to reserve and pay. This event is filling up fast, don't delay.
Click on "I plan to attend" so we can have a count on who is going in our group.
Contact Scott, Great Outdoors Palm Springs Email Click Here
An email update with departure time and location will be sent out one week prior.