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Explore the greenbelts and State Parks of Santa Cruz County in this fun and challenging hiking class. You will become familiar with parts of the Santa Cruz Hiking system, learn a little natural history, identify some flora and fauna, and at the same time get some great exercise. The main emphasis is on movement and fitness. Participants should have at least average fitness levels and be able to hike 5-8 miles on moderately steep terrain. We move at a fairly fast pace, about 3 miles per hour. This class is not for beginning hikers. Each week will feature a different hike on trails not commonly known. If you are new to hiking contact Phil before enrolling in the class. Many questions can be answered in the FAQs.

Read nice poem by George Menges

Photos of Class Members

Making a Difference in this World

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The Ultimate Hiking Guide

What to do if you find a tick on you

Important Sunscreen Information. Check the potential toxicity of your skin care product (most popular brands are suspect).

Make your own healthy energy bar

See Jenny Brewer's article about eating for energy for those long days of hiking

Hiking Stretches

Hiking Links

Frequently Asked Questions about hiking class

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No App for Nature

 

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Watch out for Rhus Toxicodiendron (Poison Oak). Click for other things to be careful of when hiking.

 

We are accepting (working or not plus accessories) cellphones, iPods, MP3 Players, laptops, digital cameras, all small computer accessories, inkjet printer cartridges, energy bar wrappers (foil inside) and corks to help raise funds for the Orangutan Conservancy, Santa Cruz SPCA and Save Our Shores. Over 3200 cell phones, 50,000 corks, and 29,000 energy bar wrappers have been kept out of the landfill and refurbished or recycled in environmentally-safe ways through our program. They can be given to Phil. Read about the increasingly sad plight of the Orangutan (which is Malaysian for "person of the forest"). orangutan baby


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