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      March 7, 2020

      Saturday  10:00 AM (on various days)

      Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve
      Big Sur, California

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      Docent Tour

      Big Creek Reserve is one of five University of California Santa Cruz Natural Reserves that supports scientific research and hands-on training to university students in the ecological and environmental sciences. Public entry into the reserve is limited to organized, educational tours and events. Docent-led tours are filled via electronic reservation. All reservations will need to be completed at least one week prior to tour dates. Visits will be limited to 12 people and will be best suited for adults and children over 10 years of age. While every effort will be made to complete reserved visits, they may be cancelled by the reserve staff due to environmental conditions and or safety concerns, or if fewer than 5 people sign up one week prior. If there are less participants than required then the participants registered from that month will be moved to the next month and all other participants will be shifted to later dates in the order of their registration time. Visitors entering Landels-Hill Big Creek will be required to sign a waiver of liability and adhere to the UCNRS reserve use guidelines (e.g. no pets, UC no smoking policy, etc.). See below. Tours start at 10am and involve a 4-hour, 3-mile loop hike on single-track footpaths with an elevation gain of 1000 feet. There are two narrow foot bridge creek crossings. All guests should come prepared with a water container, food, layered clothing and the requisite personal gear for a rugged hike in steep terrain. Weather and temperatures can be changeable. All participants will be expected to stay together and enjoy various natural history stops incorporated into the tour. Come prepared to adhere to a leave-no-trace policy. Toilets will only be available at the begining and end of the hike. Final instructions will be sent just prior to the tour. Use Guidelines for Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve To facilitate the management of this natural reserve, and to serve research and teaching without degrading the landscape, the following guidelines are in effect. All users of the reserve are bound by these guidelines. Failure to comply with these guidelines will lead to the immediate end of the public tour. 1)     Waivers of liability must be signed. Every member of the tour must sign a waiver of liability from the University of California. 2)     Safety comes first. You must be in the presence of the docent while you are on the reserve. Emergency instructions are posted in the sign in box at the reserve entrance. Entering the reserve is undertaken at your own risk, in full realization that these hazards require you to be alert, informed, and cautious. Take water, food, warm clothing and a flashlight. Be aware that wildlife (e.g. mountain lions, skunks, mice), poison oak and nettles are a potential threat on the reserve. Stay on trails. Also take care around the other hazards on the Reserve, which include rugged slopes, rough waves, narrow roads, cliffs, loose and falling rocks, dead trees, wildfires and floods. 3)     Leave no trace. Do not leave trash, toilet paper or other personal items in the environment. You must bag them up and pack them out. Ask your docent for a shovel or waste bag if needed. 4)     No collecting or importing. Nothing, alive or dead, may be disturbed, harassed or taken from the reserve. No living organisms, or propagules thereof, may be brought to the reserve. 5)     No pets are allowed on the reserve or left in vehicles. 6)     No illegal activities are permitted on the reserve. Big Creek is closed to recreational activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, and rock climbing. 7)     No drones. Use of drones for commercial or recreational purposes is not allowed on the reserve. 8)     No smoking. Smoke and tobacco-based products are now illegal on all University of California lands (California Government Code 7597.1). Un-extinguished butts are a significant cause of fires in general and on Big Creek Reserve in the past. Do not risk being the cause of a wildfire by smoking on the reserve. 9)     Drive slowly. The maximum speed limit on the roads in Big Creek is 12 mph. Please watch for oncoming vehicles and animals on the road. Drive especially slowly through the parking area. People and cars may be moving around and visibility is limited.

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