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The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

, San Juan Capistrano, United States
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CONNECT. EXPLORE. PRESERVE.

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Come explore the hills of The Reserve with geologist Aron Taylor, as we journey down scenic trails and search for geologic clues to the past. Our adventure will cover ancient rock formations, prehistoric faults, interesting fossils, and other geologic features. To register, go to www.rmvreserve.org.

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Ice cream and great ideas! Reserve volunteers came out to the new Reserve headquarters for a Volunteer Ice Cream Social. We traded them lots of yummy ice cream for their ideas on how we can use our new space to connect our community with The Reserve.

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Did you know that The Reserve is working to preserve and restore native habitat on historic Ranch lands? Join us for special walking tour of two restoration sites, not usually open to the public. This walk will also be a sneak peak at the future Regional Bikeway! Saturday, July 16. 8:00am to 10:00am. Register at www.rmvreserve.org

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Learn about Habitat Restoration on The Reserve! Join scientists who work on Reserve lands as they discuss how this relatively new field of science is being applied, to restore and preserve the land. Tonight, 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Register at www.rmvreserve.org

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July 9, 2016 The Moon: A Look at our Nearest Neighbor in Space We had a wonderful evening for our very first public program at our new Reserve Headquarters! Spencer Murray gave a wonderful and very informative presentation about our moon. He discussed: the origin of the Moon, the Moon's phases, lunar eclipses, tides and the family that can be seen on the moon. Afterwards, we spent time looking at the moon, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars as well as other objects through our volunteer astronomers' telescopes. It was a beautiful clear evening and everyone present enjoyed themselves. Thank you to all of our volunteers, Spence, Keith, James, Andi, John, Paul and Patti, for making this premiere event a grand success!

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June 5, 2016 Bugs and Butterflies Outreach event Velvet our native tarantula and animal ambassador was a huge hit Sunday. We talked to several hundred people through out the day and the kids enjoyed making our butterfly craft. Thank you to all of our volunteers who made all this possible: Christy, Catherine, Christopher, Christina, Keith and Kayla

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June 4, 2016 Astronomy Night What a nice evening for star and planet gazing! And an exciting moment at check in happened when a big Jerusalem Cricket scurried across the road. This evening we were able to view Saturn, Jupiter and Mars and some of their moons. We saw a couple satellites cross the sky until they disappeared into the Earth's shadow. Several Messier objects we viewed through the telescopes and Mike pointed out many constellations, while Keith explained a little about the Theory of Relativity and the speed of light. The coyotes howled for a little while as well. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this a great event: Mike, Lola, Gary, James, Spence, Keith, Kayla, Andy, Bill and Sam.

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May 7, 2016 Astronomy Night Despite weather reports telling us it would be very clear viewing during the time of the event it was not quite clear. During check in time we had a beautiful view of a thin crescent moon, an owl and we heard frogs and crickets. Those who attended were able to view the planets Jupiter and Mars; M13 the Hercules cluster; Betelgeuse; Sirius (briefly) and Canis Major; Procyon and Canis Minor; Corvus the Crow; The North Star; Arcturus and Bootes; Spica and Virgo; Regulus and Leo and a few other things as the clouds opened up for viewing. We had hoped also to see Saturn, but the clouds became too heavy by the time it would have risen. At one point everyone was surprised by the number of coyotes howling on both sides of the amphitheater. It was very exciting! Thank you to our volunteer astronomers: Mike, Gary, James and Spencer

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This has been a a very busy outreach season for The Reserve. Beginning in mid-March we started with Ladera Ranch's Spring Celebration and ended April 30 with Celebrate Ladera. In between we participated in 6 other events to spread the word about The Reserve's programs, volunteer opportunities and mission. We attended San Onofre Park's Panhe Celebration, Caspers Park Adventure Day, visited with the employees of Ericsson on Earth Day, attended the Eco Garden Expo in S.J.C., R.M.V.'s Field Fest and hosted St. Margaret's Episcopal school's faculty and staff for a volunteer project at our new headquarters. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to make these events a huge success! We really do appreciate all their time and help and could not have participated with out them!

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Want the opportunity see our local reptiles up close? Join us Saturday, April 16 for a Reptilian Board Walk. Take a peek into the secret world of native reptiles and some of the other elusive creatures that inhabit our local coastal hills. We will expect to see several species of native snakes, lizards, amphibians while touring our reptile study sites. Reserve your spot at www.rmvreserve.org/calendar

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Ready for Swallows Day! #rmvreserve #swallowsdayparade

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March 4, 2016 Saddleback College Biology Class Fieldtrips It was a beautiful day for Dr. Jane Horlings to lead her students on our Sycamore Trail to learn about different plants, their adaptations and uses. We saw lots of beautiful plants in bloom like shooting stars, blue eyed grass, popcorn flower and wild hyacinth. We watched hawks soar and even learned about trap door spiders and an insect called cochineal that is used to make red dye and lives on prickly pear cactus.

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