Week 15- Promoting Nature Walks at the BHSO
I’m excited to lead sunset nature walks in July at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Los Angeles! This park is mainly used by people to exercise as it has strenuous steps to the top; however, my walks will not be hikes for an intensive workout, but will be to engage the public about the plant and animal diversity in the park. The park was opened in 2008 and it has slowly become the coastal sage scrub habitat it is now. The park also has a great view of the Los Angeles Basin including the mountains and Ballona creek, so it is a perfect opportunity to talk about the Ballona Creek Watershed.
In order to promote my walks, my plan was to leave flyers around the community and to table at the park so I could introduce myself and give people the opportunity to sign up. I’ve lead nature walks while I was at UC Santa Cruz, and I learned it was important to table and get as many sign ups as you can. The sign ups were for email reminders about the walks, and although a lot of people may sign up, not as many show up. The sign ups help to estimate how many might come to the walks so one can be prepared with materials such as binoculars and field guides.
If anyone else has ideas on how to spread the word, please comment below! Thanks! 🙂
I will also be leading walks in both Spanish and English! That way, everyone is welcomed to learn the natural history of their park. The walks are on July 16th and July 23rd. Spanish will be at 4:30 and English will be at 6:00pm and we are meeting in front of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook’s visitor center! Hope to see you there!