Upcoming Guided Hikes, Tour of Carr Lake & Native Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Marks Ranch Guided Hike

Saturday, September 7
8:45 AM – 2:00 PM

Come explore the living beauty of historic Marks Ranch! Home of Benjamin and Nisene Marks, who settled there in 1890, the ranch was once a major egg production enterprise.

The hike is a moderately strenuous loop, about 5 miles with 600 feet elevation gain at a leisurely pace. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear layers and comfy hiking shoes for uneven terrain. Bring your favorite trail snack, picnic lunch, sun protection and ample water. Register here.


 Carr Lake Park Site Tour

Friday, September 20
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Join us for a tour of our Carr Lake site in Salinas with Rachel Saunders, Director of Conservation, and Jennifer Vasquez, Conservation Program Assistant, who will share the vision for this new park in the heart of Salinas. We’ll be sharing the history of the property, our goals for the park, and how the community is engaged in the design process. You’ll walk through the native plant demonstration garden and see examples of our restoration plans. Register here.


 Glen Deven Ranch Native Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Friday, October 4
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

We have completed the eucalyptus removal effort at Glen Deven Ranch and are moving into the restoration phase of the project. This volunteer work day will be centered on native seed collection, and will involve low strenuous activity and some hiking will be required. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring sun protection and water.

Interested in helping? Register here.


 Songbird Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, October 5
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Join us for an enchanting one level mile walk along the tree-lined, restored section of the Carmel River – and stroll through some local history!

This leisurely outing is a mild loop with frequent stops along shaded riparian single-track and sandy riverside embankments. Wear layers and comfy hiking shoes for uneven terrain. Bring your favorite trail snack, picnic lunch, sun protection and ample water. Register here.


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Help us protect more lands, restore more habitats, and share the joy of open space. We have raised $6.2 million toward our Campaign for the Lands You Love $7 million-dollar goal! Learn more and watch our video featuring breathtaking landscapes throughout Monterey County.

Donate today and Laural Foundation will match your gift! Your contribution will have double the impact as it is transformed into wondrous beauty and unforgettable experiences. Learn more and donate here.