Our blooming native garden in Monterey! + 2-Mile Fun Run + Monterey Symphony Event + Volunteer Opportunities

Big Sur Land Trust’s Blooming Native Garden in Monterey

Spring has definitely arrived at Big Sur Land Trust’s native garden just outside our office in Monterey! We are so grateful to Jessica Neafsey at JMLA for donating her design time. We hope you’ll stop by for a visit!

There are plenty of exciting ways for us to cross paths in May. Check out our volunteer opportunities — it’s a great way to get out on the land and help us put our mission into action. You can also join our upcoming Carmel River FREE project tour to learn more about our long-term commitment to climate resiliency. This month also features the premiere of John Wineglass’s Sacred Land concerto with Monterey Symphony. And our Race for Open Space will close out the month with a family fun run and several different adventure courses for all you serious hikers and trail runners. You can also volunteer at the Race for Open Space!

Here’s hoping that you are getting out to see the super bloom this year. We’ve found that nothing lifts our spirits quite like being on a trail surrounded by new growth.

Happy Spring,

The team at Big Sur Land Trust

John Wineglass’s Sacred Land: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21
Monterey Symphony
Sunset Center, Carmel

Commissioned by Monterey Symphony, with support from Big Sur Land Trust, Composer in Residence John Wineglass wrote his Sacred Land concerto after spending time at Glen Deven Ranch and other parts of Big Sur. This experience inspired John to bring awareness to the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County.

Join the Symphony and soloist Edwin Huizinga for two amazing musical performances on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21.

Learn more and get your tickets here.

Race for Open Space Family Fun Run (2mi)
Saturday, May 27

Palo Corona Regional Park

For kids, families, or people who want to get out on a shorter course while supporting Big Sur Land Trust — this course is the one for you!

This 2-mile, up-and-back course provides a relatively flat, partially-paved option surrounded by the rolling hills of Carmel Valley that is accessible to people of all abilities. The trailhead begins at Palo Corona Regional Park Discovery Center.

Learn more and register here.

Race for Open Space Adventure Course (9.5mi)
Saturday, May 27

Palo Corona Regional Park

This 9.5-mile, out-and-back course is a beautiful trip starting from the Palo Corona Regional Park Discovery Center through lovely meadows, a redwood canyon, and across San Jose Creek. Participants should aim to finish the course within six hours. 

There is also an 8.5-mile course for hikers and trail runners, and a 21-mile course for runners only!

Learn more and register here.

Register to Win Darn Tough Vermont Socks
All Month Long

For the last few months, Big Sur Land Trust has been giving away socks to lucky Race for Open Space registrants. You can be our lucky winner in May!

Just sign up for the any of our events on Saturday, May 27 and your name could be drawn for an amazing pair of free Darn Tough Vermont socks. Register now!

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