From the Chinese Temple to the Ranch . . . .a Morning of Discovery

From the Chinese Temple to the Ranch . . . .a Morning of Discovery
Sep 23
10am - 12:30 pm

Location: Registrants will be informed of location
Docent: Joanne Freemire and Brian Morgan

Join two Fiscalini Ranch Preserve docent guides as we start our journey at Cambria’s historical Chinese Temple on the grounds of the Greenspace Creekside Preserve in the East Village. You’ll be part of the first coming together of two of Cambria’s environmentally active non-profits…Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and Greenspace-the Cambria Land Trust.

Learn about the rich history of Chinese laborers in early Cambria-from the Chinese Temple, to kelp harvesting huts along our Ranch bluffs, to opium dens in Cambria…yup, opium dens in Cambria. Greenspace was successful in getting the Chinese Temple declared a Point of Historical Interest in 2022, to help preserve this important cultural site.

Stroll along the Santa Rosa Creek as we make our way to the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve while you discover the incredible variety of flora and fauna that call the creek their home. Did you know that this is the only public access to Santa Rosa Creek in all of Cambria? Is that a sculpin hiding behind slick rocks? Are there any steelhead trout to be seen?  Wait…did that noisy red shoulder hawk just grab a snake for lunch?  Discover the many varieties of insects, amphibians, reptiles, and native plant life that live in and along the flowing waters. Learn how our Native American tribes benefited from the abundant food and medicinal plant life found along the creek.

Before returning to the Greenspace Creekside Preserve to enjoy quiet reflection and journaling, spend a bit of time on the Santa Rosa Creek shore as we talk about the life changing benefits of Forest Bathing and Wabi-Sabi.  How these Asian philosophies contribute to our improved physical, mental, and spiritual health.  And just how simple it is.

Wear shoes that can get wet. Walking sticks recommended for balance in the rocky creek bed. Children welcome with adult supervision. No dogs please.


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