Ecology for the Wilderness Explorer

Did you know that our San Gabriel Mountains are part of the California Floristic Province, which is one of 35 biodiversity hotspots of the world? Within this world-recognized region, we have over 2000 plant species and 17 threatened animal species that exist nowhere else in the world (endemic). The landscape of our local mountains is characterized by chaparral and oak woodland, which is an ecosystem that is essentially unique to California. Our climate and geology contribute to the formation of these habitats, which allow certain plants and animals to thrive.  Understanding the ecology and what makes our region distinct from other parts of the world is essential to becoming a successful wilderness explorer of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Things to Expect:
- Easy to Moderate walking
May be at higher elevations
- Frequent stops to talk about local flora and fauna
- Creek and stream crossings possible
- Rest for 15-30 min to enjoy provided meal and drinks

We Provide:
- Hike guided by staff Naturalist
- Light meal and beverage featuring local plant ingredients
- Light to moderate exercise while being out in nature
- Educational enrichment to grow your appreciation for local environment

Please Bring:
- Water
- Extra cup for provided beverage
- Extra layers of clothing
- Hiking or running shoes (may get wet from water crossing)
- Waterproof jacket (if chance of rain)
- Sun protection & Insect repellent
- Small backpack to carry items
- Trash bag for picking up litter
- Hiking pole (optional)