Several times a year, Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools invite friends and families of the organization to join us for Exploring Beyond adventures. Last month, Exploring Beyond hosted a guided exploration of the tidepools at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Participants gathered for an exceptionally sunny afternoon with a low tide of -0.4 ft, one of the lowest of the fall.
The Exploring Beyond participants represented past and present Exploring New Horizons naturalists and board members along with their friends and family. We extended a warm welcome to friends and family of the Pleasanton Lions Club, who have been long time annual donors to Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools. Buzz Valente, former board member and Lions Club member, shared that the time spent in the tidepools brought back memories of bringing his students for over 20 years to Exploring New Horizons at Loma Mar.
When tidepoolers wanted a break , they gathered on the sandy beach and warmed up with hot cocoa and cookies. They talked about their discoveries, including the sticky sensation of touching the tentacles of anemones and the tickle of a hermit crab walking across your hand. Participants were delighted by tiny six rayed stars and were surprised to learn that that these tiny creatures, no larger in diameter than a dime, were full-grown.
You are invited to join Exploring New Horizons naturalists for the next Exploring Beyond outdoor adventure this spring. The next Exploring Beyond will be a naturalist-led hike through the redwood forest. Watch for details on this redwood hike in the spring newsletter and on our website. See you there!