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Dunes in Bloom: Hemlock

i May 28th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

 

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Common Name(s): Poison hemlock

Scientific Name: Conium maculatum

Family: Apiaceae 

Plant Type: Herb

Communities: Wetland-Riparian

Size: 5-8 ft tall
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Mary Buren Fourth Graders Visit the Dunes Center

i May 16th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

Last month, the Dunes Center had the pleasure of hosting all of Mary Buren Elementary’s 4th grade students.  They completed a scavenger hunt while exploring the Dunes Center’s exhibits that were unveiled last year.  Mary Buren 4th graders visit the Dunes Center every school year, and we always look forward to it!

 

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Dunes in Flight: Great Blue Heron

i May 11th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

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The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) has been spotted recently by visitors to Oso Flaco Lake.  Easily identifiable by its color and shape, this heron’s range is extensive across North America. They are blue-gray with a wide black stripe over the eye. When flying, they are distinctive from their slow wingbeats, tucked-in neck, and trailing legs.  Their wingspan is about 6 feet, and despite being up to 4 feet tall, they are a relatively lightweight bird at around 5 pounds.

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New Education Program – Dunes Center Field Trip

i Apr 30th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

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The Dunes Center offers a broad range of education programs, from geology taught at afterschool programs, school field trips at Oso Flaco Lake, and Mammals and Birds taught in classrooms.  This school year, we have an exciting new education program offering – a field trip to the Dunes Center.  The two-hour field trip incorporates the new exhibit content that was unveiled last August.  Students explore the Dunes Center at different stations, including one outside in our native Garden.  They take on roles of different professions, including botanists, zoologists, and poets, while asking critical questions and engaging deeply with the content.  We are proud to offer a new learning environment and content, and to welcome students to our museum here in Guadalupe.  We plan to update and expand the program based on student interest and exhibit content.

If you’re interested in booking a field trip to the Dunes Center, contact our Education Programs Coordinator at meghan@dunescenter.org or give us a call at (805) 343-2455

 

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Dunes in Bloom: Coastal Sunflower

i Apr 5th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

 

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Common Name(s): Bush sunflower, California brittlebush

Scientific Name: Encelia californica  

Family: Asteraceae

Plant Type: Shrub

Communities: Coastal sage scrub, chaparral

Habitat: coastal

Size:  1-2 ft wide, up to 4.5 ft tall (more…)

Native Gardens are Ready for Spring

i Mar 26th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

My name is Gaby, and I’m the Volunteer Coordinator here at the Dunes Center.  I have a new-found interest in Botany thanks to my work here. The world of plants has always been a little intimidating with extensive scientific names, multiple plant functions, and established geological history, but after spending some time in the Dunes Center’s Native Garden and the Guadalupe Native Garden, I have found myself stopping to smell the roses more often…literally. Nowadays, it’s been easy for my peripheral vision to catch a brightly-colored flower.

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